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23 St James St. (St. James)
(44) 020-7925-8988 | www.sakenohana.com
HOURSMon.-Sat.: 12:00pm-3:00pm, 6:00pm-11:30pm; Sun.: 6:00pm-10:30pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner
BARYes - lounge bar on the ground floor
PRICEAppetizer: GBP 3-15; Entree: GBP 6-35
FAMOUS PLATESTempura; sushi
DRINKS AND WINEExcellent sake selection; sophisticated cocktails
# OF SEATS50-100
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes - seats 10
We went before the 2009-2010 renovation but loved the quiet yet ultra cool vibe. Diners manage to see-and-be-seen as they nibble on the out-of-this-world sushi and small plates. The service is appropriately slick and attentive. The renovation has brought a lounge bar as well as a sleek sushi counter to the ground floor.
The cool crowd rubs shoulders with business execs on expense accounts, daters out for a special occasion, and foodies looking for a Japanese fix.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Something cool and with-it, but not too flashy. Try a subtle yet on-trend skirt or dress and low-key accessories.
GO HERE WITH
A date; a sushi connoisseur; socialites; colleagues or clients
WHY WE LIKE IT
Such fashionable scenestering and exquisite eats don’t come cheap, but if you seek to impress, Sake no hana is ideal.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The prices are steep and getting steeper, although the new menu’s pricing seems to be less scary.
GOOD TO KNOW
Renovations were completed in April 2010, with a new Daisuke Hayashi-designed menu and a sleek GBRH-designed ground floor. Go easy on the sake–the bathrooms, though cool, are an elevator ride away (at least pre-renovation). And if you’re keeping track, yes, this is yet another Alan Yau venture (his others include Hakkasan, Busaba Eathai, Princi, Wagamama, etc.).
Nobu (New York); Hakkasan (London)
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