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|Address:||23 St James's Street, London SW1A 1HA|
|Tel:||020 7925 8988|
|Price: £57.00||Wine: £26.00||Champagne: £76.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-3pm (Sat -4pm) 6-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm)|
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What would otherwise have been an indifferent dining experience was rescued by the amusement value of being spectacularly bad. Indifferent sushi that would have been OK at half the price in Chiswick, served by often willing but completely incompetent largely non-Japanese staff with about as much empathy towards the Japanese dining experience as Welsh steel workers trying to dance Swan Lake… The headwaitress clacked up and down the corridor of the downstairs Sushi bar at great speed with steel-tipped heels, which made on feel as if at the Nuerenberg rally. Food was slammed down on the table by her with all the finesse of a transport cafe in Yorkshire. A request for warm saki completely threw the assembled waiting staff, and it eventually appeared with pudding. They had lost the initial reservation. No one from the hat check girl to any of the waiting staff seemed to have the faintest idea what they were doing. And the only thing of any interest on the menu was sushi and sashimi which was perfectly OK but quite unexceptional. Even the escalator wasn't working, adding to the impression of a mangement that couldn't care less. The restaurant was fairly busy, perhaps owing to the 40% discounted offer, since it was otherwise impossible to understand why anyone with any familarity with good Japanese restaurants would come here.