Have you ever eaten out at a restaurant and felt like you wanted to take the entire place home with you? My experience at Yashin was one of those. The food, cocktails and service were all impeccable... but my favourite part was the decor. The dining area has one side decorated to look like a gorgeous indoor setting, and the other side looking more outdoors (even with streetlamp-style lighting). This is to reflect how the location used to be a stable.
What a show! This smokey whisky cocktail was right up my alley.
Miso cappuccinos with a ginger-flavoured foam on top – very imaginative!
One of the restaurant's signature dishes is the umami mackerel bone and fish skin. The mackerel is dried out then fried until crispy, along with an assortment of vegetables.
Tuna carpaccio with soy sauce jelly followed by the Omakase Four sushi platter. So good.
Our mains were teriyaki salmon (served with a flavourful mushroom sauce) and assorted tempura.
Yashin's pastry chef has worked in both Japan and France. Her desserts were simply divine; we had the black sesame brûlée (sesame tuile and cookie with white sesame ice cream) and the yuzu cheesecake with almond sponge, yuzu macaron and white chocolate soil. Heaven on Earth.
Yashin Ocean House's express lunch menu is only £24.50 with dessert. Can wholehearted recommend it, and I'll most definitely be back! Disclaimer – I was invited to lunch as a guest, but all views are (as always) my own.