Next month, The Social Company will be opening yet another promising restaurant in London (their seventh to date) and this time it’ll be in Clerkenwell, one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods where the culinary competition is fierce. Following on from the likes of City Social, Berners Tavern and Pollen Street Social, Sosharu will be collaboration between Jason Atherton and Executive Head Chef Alex Craciun (previously the sous chef at Pollen Street Social).
The restaurant promises to be ‘’a Japanese social dining experience’’. Sosharu, which translates as ‘social’, will take the form of a 75-seat izakaya – an informal restaurant that serves tapas-style Japanese food, with a basement bar that will play Japanese hip-hop and serve gourmet cocktails. The menu is Japanese fusion using seasonal British ingredients. Small dishes of different Japanese specialties will be served such as hibachi grill, tempura, temaki, yaki grill and sashimi. Highlights from the highly creative and innovative menu will include chashu pork belly, bream sashimi, udon, king oyster; crispy potato; nori and decadent deserts such as chocolate and miso caramel, apple pie, miso butterscotch and white sesame.
Mimicking the idea of sleek Japanese cuisine fused with comfort food, the interior will provide the laid-back experience of being at home, reminiscent of a traditional Japanese minka house. Upstairs there will be a small restaurant-within-a-restaurant called Kisetsu, which is a word referring to ‘seasonal’ in Japanese. This area will seat 12-15 diners, offering a “super-fine dining experience” with a bespoke menu based on seasonal ingredients.
The Seven Tales cocktail bar will be found in the basement, with décor emulating the night-time atmosphere of retro 1960’s Tokyo. Cocktails are where the far-east and west collide: mojitos made with cold-brewed matcha, nigori, tonka bean and absinthe whilst the Yugen will contain rose vermouth, citric acid, hibiscus salt and sparkling sake. Hip-hop will be playing until 1 am for diners to enjoy a dance and a drink or five.
So will it be a hit or get ‘’lost in translation’’? Sosharu will most certainly be booked in our diary to try in March (officially opens 7th March).
Turnmill Building, 63 Clerkenwell Road, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5NP ,www.jasonatherton.co.uk