Restaurant Review: Sen-Nin, Camden

More than a flash in the pan: Great Japanese Teppanyaki in Camden Photo: Russell Bowes

More than a flash in the pan: Great Japanese Teppanyaki in Camden Photo: Russell Bowes

Hope you are all having a good Easter Sunday. In my last post I mentioned I had been to a friend’s stag do last weekend and that I’d get around to sharing the great restaurant we went to for dinner, well here that post is. Disclaimer: this was a stag do, drinking was involved and the photos may not be the best.

We began the afternoon with a few rounds of karting at Team Sport in Edmonton, North London. It was a good afternoon hitting the track in a re-run of another friends stag do from many years ago. Back then I was pretty poor at racing, I put it down to being much heavier than just about everyone else and also being terrible at driving the kart. Well this time round I was smaller than before but it still didn’t make up for being abysmal at it. Never mind, it was still great fun and I’d really recommend getting a group together and heading down to give it a go.

Japanese banquet in Camden:

Anyway after that we headed into Camden for a “Samurai Teppanyaki Meal” at Sen-Nin. I haven’t had Japanese food too many times in the past. It often seems a little alien with strange looking things on the menu that you’re not quite sure of. So going in I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was however looking forward to seeing the spectacle of the food being prepared right in front of us. I’ve only seen this sort of thing on TV when a big group of people are sitting around the chef as he flips and juggles food in front of them whilst preparing stonkingly good grub.

Sen-Nin didn’t disappoint on either the food or entertainment side. The chef who prepared our meals was a good entertainer and kept us all laughing and cheering as he juggled raw eggs and caught them in his chefs hat. Unfortunately when the stag tried it out he was a little less graceful and had to take a few goes at getting it right, though he caught the egg (unbroken) in his hat the last time. Dining like this is a little different to what I am used to and it is an experience I really enjoyed. We went as a large group which meant we had a table and a chef to ourselves but I think you can rock up in smaller groups or as couples and join with others as they put on a show for you, if you get the chance to do something like this then do it.

Sen-Nin: Food

There weren’t ‘courses’ in the traditional sense as the chef prepared servings of each dish. We began with a bowl of miso soup whilst the chef warmed up the hot plate.

Miso Soup at Sen-Nin Photo: Russell Bowes

Miso Soup at Sen-Nin Photo: Russell Bowes

We then started with the food as prepared by the chef. The first dish was the Japanese egg fried rice with vegetables. The chef started with the pre-boiled rice and fried it with egg and vegetables.

Here’s the rice being cooked in a huge batch,

Teppanyaki bar Camden Photo: Russell Bowes

Teppanyaki bar Camden Photo: Russell Bowes

And the finished product:

Japanese vegetable fried rice Photo: Russell Bowes

Japanese vegetable fried rice Photo: Russell Bowes

Next on the banquet menu was the meat course, this was the closest to a main course in this meal of parts. The chef was cooking this whilst we were enjoying the rice and his showmanship. We could choose two dishes from four options for meats: chicken, lamb, beef and salmon. I went with a classic paring of beef and salmon, though as the chef prepared a little too much lamb I got to try some of that too.

Sen Nin, meat time at the teppanyaki banquet Photo: Russell Bowes

Sen Nin, meat time at the teppanyaki banquet Photo: Russell Bowes

Teppanyaki beef Photo: Russell Bowes

Teppanyaki beef Photo: Russell Bowes

It was all wonderfully cooked. The tender beef and mushrooms were just perfect with the right amount of Japanese, seasoning just like this lovely lamb (below) with fresh mint leaves chopped into the lamb whilst it was cooking.

Teppanyaki lamb with fresh mint Photo: Russell Bowes

Teppanyaki lamb with fresh mint Photo: Russell Bowes

There was a vegetarian option available which was prepared in a separate kitchen area. I didn’t try it myself but it looked really good. Overall I would really recommend Sen-Nin as a place to go as much for the theatre of the food being prepared right in front of you as for the actual food itself.  A great restaurant and some fantastic beef and lamb!

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