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“Excellent hosts and beautiful food”
Review of The Shiori - CLOSED

The Shiori
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Notting Hill
Reviewed May 17, 2013

We've been fans of Sushi of Shiori since it was in Drummond Street so it was an obvious choice for a birthday celebration, even if it meant a trek to West London. It was more than worth it. The new place is tastefully decorated without being pretensious and the ambience is lovely. Hitomi is a brilliant host, incredibly knowledgeable about the food served and with a lovely sense of humour. Her recommendations for drinks were spot on and she did a great (and quiet - not all sparklers and crass rendition of happy birthday that I'm sure the other diners didn't even notice). We had the 8 course set menu and each dish was a surprise and a delight. Beautiful, delicately flavoured and gorgeous to eat. There wasn't a bad course out of the 8 and we left full but not unpleasantly so. We had a great evening, never felt rushed and I would definitely recommend this place.

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Thank P M
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

A very disappointing meal especially when you look at the price, over £400 for 3 people. We took the mid-price menu at £106 and saw a succession of mini plates, the first 3 or 4 coming straight out of the fridge. We ordered a delicious sake to start with, at £32 for 300ml and then when we were close to dying of hunger, we saw a fish coming, an Halibut way over cooked. You would not expect over-cooked fish in a Japanese restaurant but all three plates were. then we got some delicious sashimi followed by truly exquisite sushi. The problem is really that they were too few of them. Two plates, one with 2 sushis, one with 3. This is really this chef forte. the rest is rather tasteless and underwhelming.

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Thank Laetitia V
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Reviewed March 11, 2013

this is a priceless gem for those who enjoy highly specialised cooking.

a tiny,severe and very Japanese room with a view of the kitchen and an austere warmth and charm is the setting for an evening of culinary wonder.

Every moment from when you enter Shiori is a moment of joy and reflection, you are in the hands of a true Kaiseki master,Takahashi brings his skills and creativity to London with a bang

Kaiseki is a form of tasting menu but of a rare kind and one can either revel in ones taste buds flowing or take it step by step.
There is a reticense in the greeting which is typically japanese at this level and once seated the wonder begins.
Take a moment to look around and see the simplicity and then look at the menu.Hitomi will help you choose and she makes sure you will enjoy what is on offer and every dish is a joy for the pallet as well as the eye,everything is made in house and it shows in the freshness and the power in tasting. the light but full of flavour egg custard is sublime as is the delicate taste of every piece of fish you will encounter,noodles slip off the tongue leaving moment of delight and wonder. dessert,almost unknown in Japanese cooking, is another breath of taste and smell and artistry of the highest order.

I have waxed so much but to find such amazing food in London is truly remarkable and so enjoyable

Shiori is not a cheap venue in any sense of the word but worth every penny for a glorious evening of delighting the palates

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4  Thank demain
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

I read a rave review of this restaurant in the Evening Standard and so looked forward to finally discovering a real kaiseki restaurant in London. I shouldn't have been so naive. A similar 'rave' review of Chrysan had led to disappointment. I'm beginning to wonder whether London pundits know what this food is supposed to taste like. We opted for the 12 course kaiseki menu, it started with a few small appetizers which were microscopic in scale and very average in taste. The 'piece de la resistance' was the sashimi course which included a piece of salmon the size of a corn flake. The meal finished with sushi, the quality of the fish was generally average, but the rice was poor. I've been traveling to Japan for 20 years and have eaten at countless excellent restaurants and Shiori is simply not good enough to be compared with them. The highlight of the meal was the clear soup, however this place is not cheap and to justify its prices a lot more of the courses need to rise to the occasion.

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4  Thank VAA70
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Visited the place with my friend in random time between 3pm and 5pm. That was a good choice as we were the only customers in this usually packed place and it meant we could chat to the owners Takashi and his wife Hitomi whilst enjoying a delicious Sashimi platter and warm sake. Watching Takashi and his knife skills is a real pleasure. He is such a sushi master. Hitomi is as cute as a button and will very soon engage in conversation. It's a bit pricey but definitely worth it! Unforgettable! *****

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Thank Albert V
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