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Tokimeitē is Japanese chef Yoshihiro Murata’s second London venture; his first, Chrysan, a partnership with the Hakkasan group, lasted under a year. The new restaurant’s name means ‘a sense of anticipation’ or ‘butterflies’, but whether this refers to diners’ financial anxieties about entering a Mayfair Japanese establishment specialising in Wagyu beef is questionable. The venue is certainly smart, spread over three floors and furnished in the clean lines and pale woods that characterise modern Japanese places. We prefer the ground floor, with its robata grill, open kitchen, cocktail bar and lovely lighting; upstairs has less vitality, although a private room in a wooden cocoon looks fun. Murata holds seven Michelin stars across three restaurants in Japan, but he’s only consulting here. In our opinion the cooking matches standards set by the many local competitors, without adding anything new. The Wagyu appears in truffled tartare rolls, nigiri sushi, shabu shabu, steaks and, notably, the must-order sukiyaki with truffle sauce. More modest dishes include char-grilled edamame, robata pork ribs and salads – modest, that is, until the bill arrives. Still, no-one visits Conduit Street for cheap eats, and while the slightly sterile vibe might not suit romance, Tokimeitē impresses as a business-friendly newcomer.
Whenever I miss my family, there&s one thing I crave for: sukiyaki. There was a Japanese restaurant we frequented so much growing up. It was my father&s favourite place and my mother would roll her eyes on occasion pretending the predictability annoyed her (although secretly I&m sure she loved the special treatment she got from staff - I think we all did). They had the best sukiyaki in town and I would always, always, always be filled to the brim with bowls of the lot, and belly laughs with my fam.Unforch, London is not particularly a place for out-of-this-world Japanese food and sukiyaki is not something...
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I’m not quite sure what sparked my obsession with sushi and Japanese culture but my love of sushi has been getting stronger and stronger for the last ten years. In fact, as I press publish on this post, I have now experienced authentic sushi and Japanese lifestyle myself, first hand. You can probably imagine my excitement at planning this trip and booking all the restaurants I’d always wanted to visit in the Land of the Rising Sun…one of which was Kikunoi, Chef Yoshihiro Murata’s three Michelin-star restaurant in Kyoto. It was the restaurant that I was most looking forward to with eager anticipation, so you...
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