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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)|
6 of 6 people found this review helpful.
The experience of Sake no Hana starts weirdly: one is forced onto an escalator as if shopping at a department store. Then, once inside the restaurant, there is a lot of wood and it is rather pleasant, but enough with designblabla, let's talk about the food. The menu is very different from any japanese restaurant that I have ever eaten at – including the ones in Japan. There is very little way in knowing how much you are ordering as some dishes are great for 2 or even 3 people sharing while others aren't even enough for one. The sashimi (hamachi, scallop, o-toro) was very good, but cut too thinly. The chilean seabass was delicious, the black cod rice far too sweet and the grilled yellowtail unfortunately dry. We also ordered one of the waguy beef dishes (the small one) which arrived in a little pot with carrots (?), potatoes (??) and some strange jellyfied stock cubes (???) – bizarre and not at all complementary to the tender beef. One thing stands out though: the sake list. It's incredible, they even offer sparkling sake (which I really liked – but maybe because I tasted other 2 types of sake beforehand). Service was overall friendly and helpfull, although I waited 10 minutes for a little wasabi. However, I am going back to eat more raw fish as I want to give Sake No Hana the benefit of doubt.