Ah Japanese food, how much I love you. You are delicious, healthy and delicious. I have tried numerous Japanese places in London but none have been like Sen-Nin. In fact no place I have ever eaten has been like Sen-Nin.
It was a group of eleven people who ended up at Sen-Nin in Camden to celebrate the birthday of an old friend who has fallen in love with Japan (he has learnt the language and is planning his second visit to the country). The restaurant specialises in Teppanyaki style eating where guests are seated around a hotplate (also called a teppan or Hibachi grill) and the chefs cook the food in front of you. When I say ‘chefs’ I mean cooks with second jobs as entertainers. Cutlery, utensils and raw eggs were flying about all over the place amidst much laughter, applause, and at one point, shocked gasps.
Egg Fried rice was the first dish to be cooked in front of us and a one point pieces of friend egg were flying straight into our mouths. There was also one moment where a whole bowl of the rice when soaring through the air. It did not end well. And everyone found it hilarious. Except for Friend and Friend’s jeans.
As vegetarians, Sister and I ordered food which sadly could not be made in front of us. That most certainly did not detract from the flavour and enjoyment of the meal. My favourite dish has to be the one Sister chose, tofu made to look and taste like duck. The spices and flavourings were just perfect.
Both Sister and I decided to order Japanese cocktails and while she opted for a delicious mango and plum martini I chose a mango margarita, which was fresh and sweet and delicious.
Besides a very nice selection of vegetarian food, Sen-Nin also offers Halal foods and caters for any and all dietary requirements.
A huge thumbs up from me.