I have a weakness for sushi. I also have a weakness for 50% off deals, and thankfully Sen Nin in Islington has both said things on a Tuesday. Absolute winner! Slightly incorrect name for this branch as they no longer do Teppanyaki! However the Camden branch does.
To celebrate my friend passing her driving theory test we decided to take a trip there yesterday, we have been a couple of times before on a Tuesday but then they took away the 50% off deal so stopped going. Happiness was restored when my friend snapchatted me a picture of the sign saying it was back, so another visit was on the cards! (don’t judge, the sushi is pretty expensive and we are relatively poor… plus who can resist a 50% off deal!) Slightly incorrect name for this branch as they no longer do Teppanyaki! However the Camden branch does.
When we arrived at about 6.30pm there were several tables already occupied, and for some reason we were all seated in the same section of the restaurant which was a bit odd. But we were sat down quickly and drinks orders taken promptly. The waitress was very attentive (possibly too attentive?) and came back to us several times to see if we were ready to order. I am terrible at deciding what to eat so I took my time. We ordered several different sushi and entree dishes and said that we would have them whenever they were ready. First out was the vegetable gyoza which were OK, slightly slimy but I can cope with that. Next we got the prawn tempura, chicken nanbanzuke, salmon nigiri, california roll and tebasaki.
So my thoughts:
- prawn tempura had a nice light batter but not too much flavour, however we did get a cheeky batter baby sweetcorn too which was a nice surprise!
- The california rolls were nice and big and you got 6 per portion. They were slightly too big and when trying to bit them in half most of the stuff fell out, so you either had to have a huge mouthful of the whole roll and end up looking like a chipmunk, or catch all the fallings out if you bite it! It’s fair to say we tried out both techniques with entertaining results!
- The tebasaki are basically chicken wings that were deep fried (i think) with some spice and some teriyaki sauce. I could take or leave these, they were very small and had some spice but for the price they definitely are not worth it. To be honest i have had better chicken wings in KFC…
- Salmon nigiri was very tasty, you only got 2 pieces which for the price isn’t great. But the salmon was smooth and very easy to eat and not too thin a slice, but I am a sucker for sushi so I will pretty much like anything! If only you got more per plate.
- The chicken nanbanzuke was several chunks of chicken along with leeks (bit random) on a skewer and marinated in a sweet spicy citrus sauce. Nice but not remember-able unfortunately.
So after all of that we still fancied some more… so we ordered more salmon nigiri and volcano rolls. The volcano roll was a salmon roll which was then covered in a light tempura batter. This meant that the outside of the roll was crispy and warm from the batter and the inside was cold with a generous amount of yummy salmon. This is topped with tobiko (flying fish roe) and a mayonnaise-y sauce. I have never had one of these before so I cannot comment on what it should taste like, but to me it was delicious!
We have never ordered any of the main meals here so I’m afraid I cannot comment on what they are like! I did spot a Pad Thai and a Penang curry which are Thai rather than Japanese… and lamb chops too! I think we will just stick to the sushi and starters. Also, on a Sunday they have an unlimited sushi buffet at £9.95 so I might have to give that a try too if ever I am in the area.
Overall the bill came to about £69.26, but take off 50% and it came to £34.63! Bloody bargain when you consider we had 4 beers and 8 dishes.
206 Upper Street, Islington, N1 1RQ