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The Araki in numbers reads like this: two Michelin stars, 10 seats, £300 set menu, zero ability to accommodate dietary requirements. But the proportions work nicely both for sushi master Mitsuhiro Araki and his customers – he couldn’t cater for more diners, and they wouldn’t want him to try. Exclusivity is a necessary part of the omakase experience, played out along a cypress wood counter with Araki-san moving swiftly and elegantly on the other side. Each day’s menu is built around Edo-style sushi, starting with a deeply flavoured but delicate clear soup, ravishing sashimi and a little cooked seafood – perhaps saké-steamed abalone with scallop ‘strings’ or grilled salmon with yuzu. Araki’s ability to bring out the flavours of tuna is much-admired and demonstrated beautifully in a trio of sushi using progressively fattier cuts. As you’d hope, every immaculate detail – including the gorgeous bespoke tableware and covetable saké glasses – is given proper attention. Talking numbers again, The Araki is simply a one-off.

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The Araki

12 New Burlington Street ,London W1S 3BH

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A tiny slice of Tokyo in London

by   platinum reviewer (152)

Dec 2014

If there is one thing that the Japanese like to do, it is to over-engineer things. The epitome of this has to be the Japanese loo: The Araki has one of the finest examples I have come across outside of Japan. Not only does it warm your cheeks, but it squirts little cleaning jets, both front and back. Why? Who knows. It is fun, and I would have stayed for hours, playing with the vast array of buttons, but for the fact that we were at the first sitting and they wanted us out. The reason for...

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Richard E.'s rating

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

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12 New Burlington Street ,London W1S 3BH

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One in case you won the lottery ...

by   platinum reviewer (108)

Dec 2014

Let's get the money point out of the way upfront - this is the most expensive dinner you'll find in town with a jaw-dropping no-choice menu price which is around 50-100% above the current top 3/2 star restaurants in town. But to be fair, they state clearly what you can expect (and have to shoulder financially) so you know what you get yourself in So leaving the big elephant in the room aside (ie the shockingly expensive price tag that will bring your credit card close to its spending limit),...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 4

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The Araki

12 New Burlington Street ,London W1S 3BH

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Feels like in Tokyo

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Nov 2014

Really awesome sushi and feels like it is in Tokyo with it's impeccable service and every dish was a real treat. You can't choose your menu but you won't be disappointed. For someone that usually doesn't like eel it was really surprising that I enjoyed the eel dish ! The tuna dish with Truffle was probably my favorite but it's hard to tell as they were all awesome. The only reason I give it a 4 stars to the 'value for money' is because it is a lot of money, but once...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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  • Address: 12 New Burlington Street, London W1S 3BH
  • Telephone: 020 7287 2481
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