A convivial evening at Matsuri St James’s

Tempura at MatsuriI’ve had Matsuri listed on my Japanese Restaurants page ever since I started this blog. It’s one of the first Japanese restaurants in London I ever went to (back in the nineties) and I was taken there by people from the Japanese Embassy which is a good indicator of quality and authenticity. So when I was invited to a bloggers’ evening at the restaurant, which has just relaunched its sushi bar and appointed a new head chef, I jumped at the chance to go back and see how this old favourite was doing in a slightly newer guise. Continue reading

A nostalgic night at Kiku Japanese restaurant

YudofuI haven’t been to Kiku in years. I’ve walked passed it a few times, on my way to the Curzon Mayfair, and it always looks just the same as it always did – a reassuring presence, somewhere I know I can go if I ever hanker after proper Japanese food. And then that day came and the OH and I, in need of a Japanese fix, headed for Kiku once again. And guess what? It hasn’t changed a bit. Continue reading

A sunny lunch at Sake no Hana

Sake no Hana

Sake no Hana is a modern Japanese restaurant in St James, located on the first floor of the Economist Building, a grey modern block flanking Economist Plaza. It’s an offshoot of Hakkasan, a modern Chinese restaurant which is also responsible for dim sum restaurant Yauatcha. So the question is, can a restaurant run by a Chinese group be authentically Japanese? Continue reading