REVIEW: Aun, Stoke Newington
WHAT? A friendly, independent Japanese restaurant run by a family in Stoke Newington. European ingredients are used to recreate Japanese flavours, plated up Izayaka style (read: it’s super Instagrammable).
WHERE? Occupying a prime spot on Stoke Newington Church Street, near popular spots The Blue Legume and The Haberdashery. Perfect for a light dinner after a day wandering through Clissold Park, or dropping in for an Asahi Super Dry (followed by a Yamazaki single malt). The decor is chic and minimal – exposed brickwork and varnished woods let the powerful flavours take centre stage.
WHY GO? For the Insta likes alone – every dish is more beautiful than the last, feats of perfect symmetry and sumptuous colours popping against dappled blue crockery. We sampled the Chef’s Tasting Menu (£27 per person) comprising eight plates – about four dishes per person is recommended for a full meal, so it’s a great value option to share with a friend.
To begin, we enjoyed Oyster Ajillo with a crispy nori cracker, followed by silky salmon sashimi in a tangy dashi sauce, and golden, crispy Iberico pork (Tonkatsu style) dusted with Panko breadcrumbs.
A stand-out veggie dish came next, a sticky, smoky mustard miso sauce poured over thick slices of aubergine. Nimono-style seasonal veg comes with Yuzu miso pepper sauce, but it’s the gooey aubergine you’ll think of the next day.
Small rice tapas bowls follow (ingredients change by the day) and sundried tomato and shiso thin rolls. To finish, a salmon avocado roll – ending the meal perfectly, with no complaints of feeling too full.
ANYTHING ELSE? Don’t ignore dessert, specially created for Aun by Hackney Gelato. Miso makes use of smokey caramel, umami flavours, while the Coconut and Lime Sorbet uses 75% coconut milk for a sweet, creamy finish.
DETAILS: Aun-restaurant.com / firstname.lastname@example.org / 178 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington, London, N16 0JL