Review: Senkai

Mimi ON Jan 04, 2012 AT 8:47 am

Senkai

Senkai

by John Gregory-Smith

Senkai, a Japanese/Asian restaurant, has taken over the site of Cocoon, on the corner of Air and Regent Street. The extensive menu is focused around it’s raw-bar, which serves tiradito and tataki dishes, a selection of ceviche and tartare and items prepared on the robata grill – at least 75% of the fish on the menu is sourced from British day boats or Organic farms.

Senkai treated me and my very lucky cousin to a fantastic meal, which showcased what the restaurant was all about – amazing ingredients, beautifully prepared.

We kicked off with a seabass and sea bream civiche with black sesame seeds, which was so clean and fresh tasting and accentuated by a tangy yuzu dressing (£12.50). Next we had a plate of beautifully prepared sashimi and a superb crayfish noodle salad, which was flecked with pink grapefruit, red onion, fish roe, pea shoots and the faintest hint of chilli.

One of our side dishes was an Avocado salad with pumkin oil (£8). Now I don’t like avocado and this didn’t sound too appetizing. Correction – this was the most pimped up salad I have had in ages and made me love avocado! The tender pieces of avocado were showered in herbs, micro leaves, gently crushed coriander seeds, black sesame seeds and dressed in delicate green pumpkin seed oil and a wicked yuzu dressing. This for me is when cooking is exciting, taking a basic ingredient and presenting it in it’s best light, which is what I felt about much of what we ate.

We had a succession of delicious main courses, including beautifully crisp organic vegetable tempura with a kick ass chilli mayo (£7.50), Juicy pork and jerusalam artichoke goyoza (£7.50) and the highlight chicken with a miso and coriander sauce (£16.50), which had been marinated for 24 hours to absorb all the salty/sweet/sour flavours and was as juicy and succulent as any bird could be. Again the simple made into the sublime!

The restaurant had lots of delicious dishes to explore and a real stance on the integrity of the ingredients they used. I really hope next time I visit the whole place will be packed out with people enjoying what they have to offer.

www.senkairestaurant.com

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