In a nutshell: Soba noodles from Paris
Summing it all up:After success in the charming St Germain de Prés area of Paris, soba specialists Yen are now making the move to London, bringing with them their traditional Japanese noodles, tempura, and a sushi counter.
We've just been given the heads up that Yen, a top Japanese restaurant in Paris, will soon be making the hop across the channel to the Strand.
Similarly to their French flagship restaurant, buckwheat soba noodles will be the main focus here, made fresh in-house twice a day so you know they'll be extra-fresh. There'll also be a sushi counter, plus other traditional Japanese food on the menu like sashimi and tempura.
We're yet to have a look at the new menu, which they've told us will be "concise and refined", but if their Parisian counterpart is anything to go by, there should be plenty to look forward to. That includes Mori Soba with soy sauce and Kamonamban Soba with minced duck from the noodles section, and starters like Nasu Dengaku or Sashimi no Moriawase.
Chefs, likewise, haven't been announced yet, but between the chefs coming on board, they've collected experience at the likes of Kyoto's Kyoto Kitcho, the Windsor Hotel in Toya Lake of Hokkaido, Zuma and of course, Yen in Paris - so definitely a collection of people who know what they're doing.
More about Yen
Where is it? 5 Arundel Street, London WC2R 3DX
When does it open? November 2017