Olive Magazine - The noodle gurus have brought their art to London in a stunning restaurant off The Strand in a space so smart it could be mistaken for a concept design store – high up on the walls, different shades of maple wood slot together to form eye-catching features, the bespoke pale grey and maple chairs and tables are made by Italian designers, and instagrammers are already taking selfies on the wooden staircase. read more
Luxury London - I try, but the ‘minimalist glamour’ aesthetic evades me every time. Not so at this Japanese newcomer, set in an impressive space behind an unassuming facade just off the Strand. You enter into a bar area that’s comfortable and accommodating, smiley bartenders and exotic cocktails abound, and it’s all rather lovely and civilised, but it’s when you ascend the ‘floating’ maple staircase and enter the, quite frankly enormous, dining room that you really think to yourself ‘wow’. read more
Wallpaper - Though it made its encouraging Paris debut in 2000, it has taken the Japan-based fashion group Onward almost two decades to deliver its second act – this time, in London. It’s been worth the wait, however. Set in a new build by the Berkeley Group that was designed by Grid Architects, Yen is a stark visual departure to the more prosaic dining offerings in the Strand and Aldwych neighbourhood. read more
The Telegraph - It’s an airy, contemporary, cosmopolitan design, only very distantly recognisable as Japanese in a certain spareness – and all that wood, of course. There’s an open kitchen, a sushi-making zone (with a few high stools ranged in front of it), another bar and a little greenhouse affair where, twice daily, specialists prepare the restaurant’s signature foodstuff, handmade soba or buckwheat noodles. read more





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