Sen Nim goes up in flames

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For lunch, we were invited to Sen Nim, a Japanese restaurant in Islington, and we couldn't wait as it is another chance to try our favourite cuisine.

We arrived at 12:30 to an empty restaurant but as we were part of a group, that did not matter. In fact, it enabled us to get the best seats right in front of the chef demonstration area.

As we were looking through the menu, we were informed of a few items that weren't available and crucially it was marinated beef therefore they couldn't cook it on the hot plate. I can only assume they had a busy service the day before. The replacement was chicken or beef udon noodles instead.

Beef udon noodles
Most of the group ordered the set menu which consisted of soup and a main and I was the only one that went for the sushi. Luckily enough, and I was not aware of this at the time, the sushi was two for one on Sundays.

California Maki and Volcano Maki
A special mention has to go to the waitress. She was the most forgetful scatty brained individual I have ever come across. She managed to deliver the mains without giving us the starter, forgot about drinks for a few people and I'm pretty sure that all two braincells were being used. Still, on a positive note, she can't get much worse.

Now on to the main event. Our demonstration chef, I forget his name, we here to show off his skills and prepare prawns, scallops and make egg fried rice in front of our eyes. Not before a dramatic cleaning process involving oil and a lot of heat! There was even time for a trick or two to entertain us.

A fire show
Chicken Gyozas were an afterthought but a wonderful addition. And delicious as usual.

Chicken gyozas
Our chef cooking prawns
We all left completely stuffed and struggling to move although some of the group wanted dessert in the patisserie across the road called Belle Epoque. This little place has won awards and served up pastries like this.

Raspberry and Passion Fruit tart 
Overall, the restaurant serves up great food. A little improvement on the waitress (or a different one) would have made the experience better but we would definitely return.

Score: 8/10

Sen Nin
206 Upper Street
Islington
London
N1 1RQ

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