26 July 2014


020 3641 1844

15 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL

£70.00 Japanese , Sushi Whitehall, Buckingham Palace

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  • Wine: £27.00
  • Champagne: £45.00
  • Lunch: £40 (5 courses)
  • Dinner: £65 (6 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -3pm) 6-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)

Square Meal Review of Matsuri ?

Business types and wealthy Russian tourists unite across the table at Matsuri, as chefs toss fried rice, de-shell lobsters and even flambé ice cream on the restaurant’s famous flat-top grills. This St James’s stalwart has always championed resolutely traditional Japanese cuisine but was starting to garner lukewarm reports from readers – although we reckon some contemporary refurb work and a few menu tweaks make it worth another visit. Set deals ensure easy ordering, but it pays to go for the carte – ask the capable staff for assistance. Ginger-spiked black cod paired with dry-aged Angus beef fillet makes for upmarket surf and turf, tuna sushi is soft and rich, and Matsuri rolls liven things up with spicy heat. If beef’s your bag, fat-marbled Wagyu is also on the menu, though it doesn’t come cheap. Digest the protein – and the bill – with a shot of Japanese whisky.

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  1. Matsuri

    15 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL
    Overall rating:
    Charm H.

    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 3

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  2. Matsuri

    15 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL
    Overall rating:
    Paul S.

    • Food & Drink: 3
    • Service: 3
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 1

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  3. Matsuri

    15 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL
    Overall rating:
    Sheila N.

    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 8

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  4. Matsuri

    15 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL
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    • Food & Drink: 5
    • Service: 2
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 3

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  5. Matsuri

    15 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL
    Overall rating:
    Emily P.
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 7

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  1. Published : Wednesday, 28th May 2014

    All That I :: Matsuri at St James, London

    It's been all go in London for me this month; I also managed to squeeze in a dinner at Matsuri St James. This was a meal of firsts for me: sushi, teppanyaki, sake and plum wine were all new to me and what a great way to be introduced to them. (I had tried sushi before but I don't really think it counts as it came in a plastic tray from a well-known high street chain). As restaurant meals go this has to be one of the most fun places I've been to. I loved the buzz (about the place and from the other bloggers and writers there), the drama (there was flaming ice cream) and the venue. Oh, and the food...
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  2. What's the one thing about Japanese food that confuses you the most? For me it's just about everything. Ingredients I've never heard of, things i never knew you could eat and an endless amount of dishes i cannot pronounce. I've always tried to avoid reviewing sushi restaurant simply because i don't know enough about them to recommend it to you. I know what i like, but not enough to tell if you will - until now. To centre my Japanese culinary journey i couldn't think of a better way than to start off than at Matsuri of St James. Opened in 1993 the restaurant was formed as part of a joint partnership between Central Japan Railway Company and Kikkoman - they guys behind that delicious soy sauce we all know and love...
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  3. The evening kicked off with Michelin star chef Simon hulstone, cooking a simple dish of vegetables and scallops. The marinade was simply soy sauce, saki, mirin, and sesame oil. For starters we all had assorted sushi and rolls, the head chef Hiroshi, demonstrated how sushi is made. With speedy hands and accuracy our dinner was prepared in a flash...
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  4. Michelin star Head Chef Simon Hulstone (usually found at The Elephant in Torquay) donned his apron and got to work on a teppan. Tenderstem broccoli (harvested from his 30+ acre Devonshire farm) and caramelised scallops dressed in a soy, mirin, olive oil and sesame oil sauce were shared amongst all. Appetising and savoury and of course, no need to add salt. Simon spoke of other dishes he cooks often featuring soy as the savoury component, some of which can be found at The Elephant: with chocolate, in soy salted caramel, tarte tatins, cider brandy, even with vodka and beetroot as a marinade for monkfish - I’d eat all of these...
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