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“New dimension” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sake No Hana

Sake No Hana
23 St James's Street, London SW1A 1HA, England (St. James's)
+44 20 7925 8988
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Ranked #1,879 of 17,052 Restaurants in London
Price range: $45 - $197
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: St. James's
Description: Sake no Hana bar and restaurant is housed on the first floor of a modernist Grade II listed building in the heart of St James, offering modern Japanese dining. The a la carte menu provides a variety of hot and cold appetisers, charcoal grill, Toban and Kamameshi dishes, while sushi and sashimi are... prepared to order at the 13 seat sushi bar. A carefully selected list of sakes, Japanese whiskeys and other wines, spirits and liqueurs complement the dishes offered in the restaurant. Sake no Hana's interiors were designed my esteemed architect Kengo Kuma and the bar includes a beautiful futuristic chandelier, offering the perfect space for post work cocktails. The bar is also a beautiful space for private parties of up to 60 guests for a standing canape event, or can host up to 25 guests seated for an exclusive private dining experience. Monday to Thursday, 12pm - 2.45pm, 6pm - 11pm; Friday, 12pm - 2.45pm, 6pm - 11.30pm, Saturday 12pm - 4pm, 6pm - 11.30pm
Hong Kong, China
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“New dimension”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

This restaurant does not have the traditional ambience of the typical Japanese eatery you have in mind. The modern decor, high ceiling is anything but ordinary with a ' wow' factor. There are 2 floors, the dining room is on the second assessed via an escalator.

Two of us had Japanese beer. We ordered a variety of sashimi, cooked tofu, endamae beans. The hot pot king crab rice was served in a large hot clay pot that required half an hour to prepare. For those who are fond of eating rice like me, this is highly recommended. We left very satisfied with the entire dining experience.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Best Sushi ever tasted”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Great sushi, nice cocktails. Generous portions, unusual mix of ingredients, everything really fresh. Would definitely recommend.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Food and Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

The food was really fresh, tasty and unique. As a veggie, there were a number of options. The staff were really friendly too.

Visited October 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Japanese Food at its very best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We took 43 guests for dinner and to a person they all said it was one of the best meals they have ever had and a great introduction to Japanese food.

The service was superb the surrounds were comfortable if a little minimalist bu the overall experience excellent.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Avoid for romantic dinners, only go for business dining”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Went to this place for my partner's birthday. We arrived the restaurant Thursday evening at the time of our reservation, 8.30pm, but kept waited downstairs in the bar for literally half an hour till 9pm with no proper excuse and no complementary drinks or anything. Then someone took us upstairs to the super noisy, a long radial corridor shaped and fully packed restaurant, where it was supposed to be a serene and spacious venue. Most of the online reviews talk about the decoration, the wooden interior, and it all seems to be copied from a press release by the owners, as it was more like an average business hotel bar. It was incredibly noisy, just like an American Diner filled with teens, and I had difficulty to speak to the waiter.

The food was okay but absolutely nothing special. I had better sushi in many other places.
Don't order the roasted duck slices as it's supposed to be steam cooked and then seared in a pan, though to me it was totally raw and consequently super chewy. Again the nice waiter realised the issue and took the plate away immediately. Then a suit wearing guy came with a stern look to repeat what the waiter already said. It was like "we're not going to charge you for this, but you have to suffer by listening to me." Not the service you expect on a supposed to be romantic night out.

The only nice thing about the evening was the waiter did a surprise as they have decorated the ice cream platter with candles and a happy birthday message for my partner's birthday.

Note: My rating for service is three since our waiter guy deserves a four but everybody else was quite cold, distant and unfriendly.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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