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Restaurants, Japanese Mayfair
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

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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.

Sakagura says
In honour of Hanami, Sakagura have created a bespoke list of limited-edition cocktails in partnership with Gekkeikan – the choice brewery of the Japanese Imperial Family and The House of Suntory, showcasing Roku craft gin and Toki. Each priced at £15, these cocktails not only make the perfect choice for this year’s Hanami season but also to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday 31st March.

- Beneath the Sakura Tree - Gekkeikan honjozo sake mixed with Cointreau and oolong tea syrup. Served slightly warm

- Wild Blossom - Toki whisky blended with caramel syrup and a refreshing top up of handmade berry’s soda

- Hanami Calling - Roku gin* mixed with honey, lemon and Red Shiso Umeshu. *botanicals come directly from the Sakura tree

Exclusive to Sakagura, and making its debut appearance in the UK, Gekkeikan will be showcasing its very first non-alcoholic sake, to create the Innocent Cherry mocktail. Priced at £6, mixed with calpico, pomegranate, and elderflower cordial and the subtle touch of vanilla, the lingering taste of sake is very much present, whilst the alcohol is not!

Unique food experiences where you ‘do your own’ are fun and not to mention, delicious ways we can take you on a Japanese food tour for the night.

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.


Address: 8 Heddon Street
Transport: Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £150.
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
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