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Conveniently located on a pedestrian street just south of Piccadilly Circus in the snazzy St James’ Market development, Anzu comes courtesy of Emma Reynolds and Kensuke Yamada, the pair behind the Tonkotsu ramen chain. Anzu is an altogether smarter proposition: an elegant space of full-length windows, charcoal grey-upholstered chairs and acres of wood; the feel is more Scandinavian than Japanese. While you could come for ramen (pork or seafood in chicken broth, say) and Tonkotsu’s famous chicken karaage, the house speciality is the concept of teishoku, a set meal with the main dish served alongside rice, miso and pickles. We went classic, ordering a crisp-crumbed pork tonkatsu with hispi cabbage, but this being St James’s, there are upmarket ingredients available for your teishoku in the likes of Label Anglais chicken or king oyster teriyaki. Star billing however must go to the marble-fleshed treat of Wagyu carpaccio served tataki-style. To drink, there’s an easy to navigate wine list divided by style, as well as Japanese whiskies and sakés. Prices are a couple of notches up from Tonkotsu, but Anzu is far from being the most expensive Japanese in the neighbourhood. 

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1 Norris Street, St James's Market ,London SW1Y 4SB

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Every mouthful sublime - dont miss it

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Dec 2016

Editor's pick I have been here twice now, once for drinks just after it opened and today for lunch. The restaurant has a wonderful feel, it feels relaxed, yet smart. Two clients joined me for lunch and we feasted on King Crab & Pork Gyoza - melt in your mouth bitefuls of deliciousness, Chicken Karaage - fried chicken with a lovely soy dip (I could have eaten this all day long) and the Wagu Filet "tataki" Carpaccio - my guests rated it highly. Main course I had the lambchops, new on the menu...

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

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