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Its more celebrity-focused rivals may get more coverage, but this Japanese outpost of the Hakkasan group attracts loyal followers. The setting within the brutalist Economist Plaza is impressive, with a bar and sushi counter at street level and an escalator whizzing diners up to the restaurant. Here, an austerely elaborate design of bamboo and wood gives the impression of eating in a futuristic ryokan. The “really inventive” cooking is marked by top-notch meat and fish served with vibrant accompaniments; yellowtail sashimi is anointed with truffle black-pepper ponzu sauce, for instance. Tempura bears the hallmarks of “immaculate” presentation and the utmost precision, there are diverting vegetable dishes and salads, knockout modern sushi such as king crab with seared salmon and nashi pear, plus carb-heavy ‘iron pot’ rice dishes to fill up on and prevent the “tiny” portions sending the bill skywards. As the name intimates, you’ll find top-flight saké here (and “very attentive” staff happy to advise), plus equally well-chosen wine.


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  1. Much to Ade’s dismay I adore blossom, ahhing at every fluffy flourishing tree that we drive past and clipping off a teeny sprig to put by our bed. I jumped at the chance to spend time in Sake no Hana‘s pop up cherry blossom secret garden, even if it wasn’t real, florists Veevers Carter have done a fab job transforming the bar.

    Up until 19th May the Japanese restaurant by the internationally acclaimed Hakkasan group are celebrating the arrival of spring and the Japanese cherry blossom season with ‘Sakura’ (meaning cherry blossom). The only problematic factor was that it meant I had to attempt sushi again....
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  1. Published : Thursday, 11 April 2013

    the dinersaur :: sake no hana

    The experience begins as you walk through the doors and are greeted by the friendly staff who will lead you up the narrow escalators into the beautiful restaurant space. In a similar vein to other Hakkasan ventures, Sake no Hana is very polished and upmarket, but it is also striving to become more accessible to diners...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 4 June 2014

    Nomface :: Sake No Hana, London

    Mrs Nom loves flowers and cherry blossoms in particular. When I showed her a preview of the Sakura cherry blossom inspired bar at Sake No Hana it was on the priority list in front of anything else. To coincide with the cherry blossom theme at the Mayfair based bar and restaurant a special Sakura menu was introduced which is no longer available.

    Along a range of cherry based cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks and desserts was a crystal double layer bento box which caught our eye. This was perfect for an alternative to afternoon tea for a light snack in between the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street which I was...
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  1. Japanese for many years, has always been high on list of favourite cuisines.  One because it is a healthier alternative to most other cuisine types and two, the flavours are  generally second to none and it just always tastes so damn good!   Tonight I was meeting up with a couple of close friends and […]
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 11 March 2014

    ytTastes :: Sake No Hana – Tasting Dinner

    A little reunion gathering that was difficult in the planning to seemingly complicated time schedules, so an interesting dining location was sort after… Sake No Hana had the final blessing!

    The weather wasn’t with us, torrential rain, so making my way to Sake No Hana was a very wet experience. There are two entrances to Sake no Hana, the first one you encounter leads to the bar, the second, to the reception of the restaurant. Having deposited my rather wet rain coat with the “meet & greet” ladies, I was shown to the bar area to await the rest of my guests. Sitting alone in a bar isn’t one of my favourite...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 9 October 2013

    Life of a Londoner... :: Sake no Hana

    This week and last this city has held London Restaurant Festival, where us Londoner's and visitors can get a taste from some of our greats for a bargain deal... browsing on book-a-table for the incredible deals you can have I settled on Sake no Hana, four courses, a glass of bubbly all for £29 - great in many ways but mainly as I hadn't visited yet.

    A branch off the Hakkasan family tree it has the sleek and minimal vibe that most Japanese eateries have, however with the Hakkasan touch of modern and unusual décor with decent music to get you in the party mood. With its elder sister branch being one of my fondest...
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  1. I also found out that Sake No Hana is a fantastic restaurant worth a visit whether you’re looking for an education in spirits or simply a gorgeous meal. Sitting at Sake No Hana’s sushi bar and admiring the chefs’ nimble work while sipping “Grand Cru” level premium sake, I was very much in my happy place and couldn’t think of a more conducive way to enjoy a fine Japanese meal in London...
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  1. Published : Monday, 9 December 2013

    Vi Vian :: Sake no Hana, St James’s Street

    Sake no Hana, St James’s Street – the dress code was smart casual and no sports attire indoors. Ok. But no hats are allowed to be worn indoors? I know it is polite to remove one’s hat indoors but to be told in that manner, my rebellious nature kicks in, already coming up with something devilish. Well, it was just a thought. I am too cowardly to be outspoken and carry out my thoughts.

    We were here once about four years ago, seated at the bar on ground level. Although the seats were uncomfortable, the meal was excellent and the dining experience left a delightful memory. That is the reason why we leaped at...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 13 August 2013

    wetrykai :: Sake no hana – A meal fit for the Queen

    I had come here with T for the “Taste of Sake no hana” menu. This was a 4 course meal which consisted of a miso soup, a main, sushi and dessert. All courses gave you options from which to choose from except the dessert. After mulling over the menu over a bowl of excellently seasoned spicy edamame, we ordered the koimo akadashi (red miso) and the koimo shiro misoshiru (white miso) soups, the kaisen tempura and beef hobayaki for mains and both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian spicy chirashi maki sushi. The dessert for the night was ice cream mochi...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 9 October 2013

    S.W. Foodie :: Sake no Hana

    My ramen quest continues...for this weeks treat I found myself popping through China Town and heading into the widely acclaimed Tonkotsu on Dean Street.

    The restaurant is a small, two story, 30 or so seater with both table and bar seating. I settled in at the Ramen bar at the front and was greeted by helpful staff, whom encouraged me to try the gyoza after a friend had told me they a an 'absolute must' - naturally, I ordered some of the pork filled ones to arrive ASAP and settled into the noodle menu...
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  1. ‘Don’t go, you’ll be disappointed’, ‘overpriced and under serviced’. The husband said it, our friend (one half of the Sloane rangers) said it. The plentiful negative reviews said it. But I went along with my girlfriends for a night out anyway. I wasn’t being foolish. In the back of my mind, I knew there must be a valid reason why I hadn’t made the effort to visit a restaurant that’s been on my list for over half a decade. But I had a strong urge to finally close the case on this first world problem and cross Sake No Hana off my list for good. And now I have.

    It all started off swish, escalators up to our...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 20 February 2013

    Delicious Wanderings :: Birthday Treat at Sake No Hana

    The latest Asian culinary experience from restauranteur Alan Yau, Sake No Hana presents a stylish entrance with a single-person escalator that rises into the restaurant through abstract bamboo interiors. The space opens onto a lovely, calming sushi bar and a range of plush booths and tables. The perfect setting for my birthday dinner!...
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  1. The Hakkasan restaurant group just get everything right...the food, service and atmosphere are always spot on in any of their restaurants. I've eaten in Hakkasan in London, New York and Vegas...and they've all been consistently fantastic experiences.

    Japanese restaurant, Sake No Hana in Mayfair, is also owned by the Hakkasan group, and when I was invited down to try their new set menu Umai Brunch I had no doubt in my mind how fab it was going to be! I mean, you know I love sushi and you know I love Hakkasan...
    o Hana, you're swept up a long escalator into their stylish dining room....
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  1. Published : Monday, 23 March 2015

    Her Favourite Food :: Her Favourite Food: Sake No Hana

    Sake No Hana hits the high notes when it comes to swank, especially with the glossy escalator that greets diners and glides them along to the first floor where the main dining space is based.
    Based in Mayfair the location reflects the stylish air of this restaurant which fits right into the surroundings.

    The interiors have been designed by esteemed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma in his signature style and as a result the main dining area is very attractively decked out. Shiny black surfaces are combined with light linear bamboo style beams. Each of these tree like structure of cypress wood is designed...
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  1. An unexpected benefit from blogging is the insight I’ve gained into other cultures. Travel, of course, is the main opportunity to learn how others live, but London’s multicultural food scene can also provide a new perspective. I love quality Japanese food and I find Japanese culture fascinating. Although I’d heard about the popularity of the Cherry Blossom season, until my recent invitation to lunch at Sake no Hana, I didn’t realise just how significant it was in Japanese society...
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  1. With Spring having finally sprung, a visit to Sake no Hana to see it’s spring blossoms and sample its seasonal Sakura No Hana menu is a must. Sakura means cherry blossom and as you’ll see, there’s a wealth of it on display at this St James restaurant. Specializing in modern but authentic Japanese cuisine, it’s part of the rapidly expanding Hakkasan stable...
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  1. One year ago, V.A and I made a promise that we would visit Sake no Hana during cherry blossom season. This year, we kept our promise. For two months of the year, the Mayfair restaurant is transformed into a floral wonderland – Sakura at Sake no Hana. To help celebrate this special occasion several new dishes and cocktails are added to the menu. V.A and I had made a reservation for a Monday lunchtime (bank holiday) and found that it was pleasantly quiet. We both ordered the Sakura menu, which comes with: white miso soup, sesame spinach with cassava chips, sashimi bento box, and a violet risshun cocktail.

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  1. The interior was designed by well known architect Kengo Kuma, with stylish accents of bamboo and a green glass chandelier. They hold sake masterclasses here where you can learn how and when to drink Japan’s national drink.

    Sake No Hana is celebrating the ancient Japanese custom of hanami, or welcoming Spring, with this special menu from 20 April to 20 June, so enjoy it whilst it’s here. Guests are encouraged to take photographs of the blossom and to upload them to Instagram with the hashtag #sakura2015, to be in with the chance of winning Sakura gifts...
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Private Dining at Sake No Hana

Sake no Hana offers fine dining Japanese in the heart of St James. With a carefully selected menu, delivering modern cuisine of the highest quality including a variety of hot and cold appetizers, mains cooked on a charcoal gr ill and Toban and Kamameshi dishes. As well as an extensive selection of sushi and sashimi prepared by the chefs at the sushi bar. Housed in the Grade- II  listed building with interiors designed by esteemed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, interior is awash with linear bamboo that flushes each wall, giving a feel of a futuristic forest. The bar is decorated with a huge chandelier is a beautiful space for private parties of up to 60 guests for a standing canapé event. Sushi, Sake & Cocktail master classes can be organised on request.


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Restaurant 110
Sushi Bar 13

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