A sleek, modern Japanese restaurant with traditional values.
Just off Regent Street is Sakagura, a smart Japanese restaurant and sake bar. It’s like somewhere you would actually find in Japan, rather than your typical clichéd translation of a ‘Japanese restaurant’. You get all the trimmings – hot towels, impeccably polite service, a sake menu so vast that it’s organised by province and, of course, really excellent food.
Attention to detail abounds. The décor is modern and sleek, with rich wooden tables, curved-back chairs and touches of black leather, but be sure to ask for a booth – partially screened, they’re the best seats in the house. The traditional crockery is beautiful and the chopsticks are double-ended, which is a nice touch for when you’re serving food for sharing (the Japanese frown on using the same chopsticks for eating and serving, unless, of course, those chopsticks have two ends). There’s even a sake sommelier.
Despite Sakagura’s size and swishiness, it’s not at all intimidating, with friendly staff ready to talk you through what you’re about to eat without being patronising. Order the sashimi moriwase – when it arrives your pupils will morph into love hearts. At £39, it’s no cheap eat, but with 18 pieces of incredibly fresh fish, edible pansies and flowers carved out of daikon (plus fresh wasabi), it’s well worth it. Seabass carpaccio with subtle, truffly notes was intricate and exceptional. There’s plenty for veggies too – sushi rolls with burdock and carrot maki really sang, while the sprout tempura was so delicious that it could convert Nigel Farage to a plate of brussels.
And be sure to leave enough room to order a raindrop cake. It’s not a ‘cake’ at all; umeshu liquor is poured over two drops of translucent jelly, creating an otherworldly, translucent dessert almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Grill your favourite seafood, meat and vegetables on your personal sumibi barbecue with our Yakiniku barbecue menus. Or try our Ishiyaki stone wagyu steak menu and sizzle your steak the way you like on our piping hot lava stone, piece by piece, dip it in your sauce and munch away.
Top off your night with kagami biraki, where you choose your favourite sake, break the sake barrel for good luck and drink it with all your mates.
8 Heddon Street
|Opening hours:||Mon - Weds: 12:00 - 23:00 Thurs - Sat: 12:00 - 00:00 Sun & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 22:30 last orders 30 minutes prior to closing|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £150.|
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If you are looking for a real authentic Japanese restaurant in London there is only one place to go Sakagura on Heddon Street. Only open now for 4 months it is top notch from the start. The Wagyu beef aburi steak was superb. The restaurant is part of Japan Centre known for their high quality Japanese food. Time Out says 4 stars, for me personally definitely a 5 star restaurant.
Absolutely stunning new restaurant with a real authenticity not afforded by many... A carefully designed restaurant with cleverly created booths with the right blend of personal space and visibility throughout the restaurant. The food is so fresh and delicately presented, with a great range of sake to complement. Incredible food and very reasonably priced...