As you’d expect from the Hakkasan restaurant group, Sake No Hana is well designed and has slick service: a combination that means the striking yet serene dining room plays host to many a business lunch from the Economist’s offices round the corner. On a midweek lunchtime visit there were also a number of well-heeled families enjoying the range of contemporary Japanese dishes.
A four-course ‘Taste of Sake No Hana’ (£29) proved a filling meal, with miso soup, a choice of sukiyaki, tempura or grilled dish, a handful of sushi and a dessert. Arriving sizzling at the table, its earthenware cloche still in place, our tofu toban-yaki came with a pleasingly tangy ponzu dressing and slices of shiitake and eringi mushroom on the side. A coating of tempura batter pieces added interest to an avocado and red pepper inside-out roll; and a selection of ice-cream mochi wedges, presented in a circle like the petals of a flower, rounded off the meal well.
There’s also plenty for wine and saké buffs to get stuck into. Don’t forget to glance upwards while you’re dining; the sculptural wood slating above your head definitely deserves a look.
|Venue name:||Sake No Hana||Contact:|
23 St James's Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri; noon-4pm Sat. Dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Thur; 6-11.30pm Fri, Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Green Park|
|Price:||Main courses £4-£37. Set meal £30-£65. Set brunch (Sat) £38.50 (£35 vegetarian).|
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Average User Rating
2.3 / 5
- 5 star:1
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:2
Poor service, very mediocre food. Miso soup tasted of MSG, from a packet, horrible 'dumplings' floating in it. Tofu pieces in the 'hotpot' were coated in gloopy cornstarch that had started to solidify. Sushi did not taste freshly made, the rice very compacted, fillings uninspired (avocado and red pepper, salmon and avocado). Tempura was heavy and greasy. Service unhelpful, and rather brusque. Very poor value for money, there are much better Japanese restaurants in London.
Appalling place: booked a table for 8.30pm at 9.20pm it was still not ready. The chubby redhead non English speaking hostess was rude and not remotely apologetic - never again
Fabulous lunch, sumptuous flavours and textures, attentive discrete service, what amazing Sake! Very highly recommended.
No mention of our star deal so we just ordered off the menu. Same dish came twice which we had to send back. Our 3rd dish was the wrong one and we were told that the dish we ordered would take another 30 mins to prepare, it was 10.45pm by this time! No apology was given or any suggestion made as to an alternative. We had 3 different waiters serving our table who seemed new and confused, one had to come back and reconfirm our order twice. Poor service and ambience, food was average. Would not recommend, cant believe it is part of Hakkasan.