Sen Nin – Upper Street, Islington, London

We decided to treat ourselves to a teppanyaki dinner, which neither of us had tried properly before. Sen Nin were doing a weekday special feast menu which consisted of 4 courses for £30 per person. There was a Miso or Tom Yum soup to start, Japanese tapas next, then the Teppanyaki course and a finished off with a dessert.

We weren’t really sure what to expect – all I knew is that we booked the chef’s table so that we could watch him to the cooking in front of us.

It was a quiet Wednesday evening in the restaurant, which I guess was why they had a deal on during the week. There were a few tables of people in the restaurant, but we had the chef’s table to ourselves.

I ordered the Tom Yum soup and Jack ordered the Miso soup. They were served in little Japanese soup bowls and were nice but nothing to shout about.

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For our Japanese tapas dishes we chose the seafood option. There was a seabass ceviche, a tuna tartare and calamari. These were presented gorgeously on a long dish so I was very impressed when it came out. Taste-wise, again, they were all nice enough. The tuna was a little stringy and didn’t really melt in my mouth the way I thought it should, the ceviche and calamari were nice though.

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Next was the Teppanyaki and out came our Chef who explained it all to us! We had ordered the scallops and the fillet steak to share with some rice and vegetables.

He was great! This is what we had been waiting for! He chatted and joked with us the whole time that he was cooking. And he wasn’t JUST cooking, he was doing tricks with all the food! At one point he let Jack get up and try out a trick as well.

It was great entertainment for the evening. He didn’t go wild and make a massive flame on the stove but he was fun nevertheless.

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The scallops and steak with the fried rice and the vegetable stir fry on the side were the best part of the meal by far. Nice flavours but I think the entertainment of it being cooked in front of us definitely made us enjoy it more.

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For dessert we got a mixture of 3 mini dessert pots and a duo of red bean and matcha ice cream and shared them all. I love matcha ice cream so that was the best bit for me (matcha is a glorious time always!) – the rest was okay but I don’t think I would have missed out if I didn’t have them.

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I wouldn’t necessarily be running back for a weekday set menu – but perhaps would come again to see what the weekend is like for the chef’s table teppanyaki as that was definitely good fun.

 

http://www.sen-nin.com/

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Cafe La Divina – Upper Street, London

IMG-20150811-WA0004After a long day at work followed by a late gym session, Jack and I decided on a meal out near our gym in Angel. La Divina on Upper Street does a 2 for 1 on the Taste Card for main meals, so we popped in there for our dinner.

It’s a quirky little restaurant with lots of photos of people eating pasta all over the walls and other random bits on the walls like a car and posters of old Italian films and random trinkets hanging on the ceiling. It has an intimate and comfortable feel to it.IMG-20150811-WA0006IMG-20150811-WA0009

I ordered a tomato based seafood risotto which was so fragrant, the seafood tasted so fresh and the rice was perfectly al dente. I definitely recommend this dish here.IMG-20150811-WA0012Jack had the creamy salmon and asparagus risotto which was more delicate in flavour than the seafood risotto but still lovely.

I had a fresh mint tea and Jack had a soft drink, as you need to order a drink each to be able to use the Taste Card discount.IMG-20150811-WA0010

£15 for 2 mains and 2 drinks using the Taste Card.

http://ladivina.co.uk/