Sake No Hana
23 St James's Street, London SW1A 1LP
Latest critic review: December 20, 2010
Critics' score: 6 out of 10

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Zoe Williams Telegraph
Reviewed on December 20, 2010
"The devil's in the ordering, basically. I would vouch with my whole heart, on my mother's life etc, for the sushi and sashimi." READ REVIEW

AA Gill Sunday Times
Reviewed on October 31, 2010
"In fact, a miserable and infuriating evening. The atmosphere in here could barely make it to the window before flinging itself out. The food is lazy, inconsistent, made without poise or skill." READ REVIEW

Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on October 21, 2010
"...attentive and elegant service, which prevailed even in the face of, how shall we say, less than impeccable manners on the part of some of the customers." READ REVIEW

Mark Bolland ES Magazine
Reviewed on June 02, 2008
"So why are the Japanese so thin? Because they eat the sort of food that would never make you ask for seconds." READ REVIEW
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Marina O'Loughlin Metro
Reviewed on February 20, 2008
"Sakenohana seems destined to be one of those restaurants like Cipriani or China Tang that thrill rubberneckers. It's undeniably an experience. An expensive one." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 4
AA Gill Sunday TImes
Reviewed on February 10, 2008
"And the sushi is very good, in the way that one DVD player is much better than another very good DVD player. It was well cut, with the right proportion of fish to rice, and at a pleasant temperature." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 6
Jay Rayner Observer
Reviewed on February 03, 2008
"And that sums up the place. Sake No Hana is a genuine attempt to introduce people to something new. It's not their fault that some of us have come across this sort of thing before. The fact is there's no pleasing some people, and in this case one of those people is me." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 6
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh London Lite
Reviewed on January 30, 2008
"But the food was fabulous. Highlights among our 10, often tiny, subtle-flavoured choices were a naimo mentaiko (£4.50), an appetiser of what looked like chipsticks of Japanese mountain yam with okra and cod roe." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 7
Tracey MacLeod Independent
Reviewed on January 19, 2008
"Overall though, this is cooking of a very high quality, and like Yau's brilliant Hakkasan, the menu no doubt continues to yield its pleasures gradually, through exploration and experimentation." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 7.5
Terry Durack Independent
Reviewed on January 06, 2008
"Sake No Hana is undoubtedly a class act, impressively designed as a conduit for some very fine talents. It remains to be seen if it has what most of us want from a Japanese restaurant. But then, I'm not entirely convinced it is interested in most of us in the first place." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 7.5
Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on January 05, 2008
"Alan Yau has done some wonderful things for London over the past 15 years – Wagamama, Busaba Eathai, Hakkasan, Yauatcha – and we should be grateful. But Sake No Hana is an insult to the city." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 3
Mark Palmer Telegraph
Reviewed by January 04, 2008
"The great thing about Japanese food is that you can eat lots of it without feeling you've eaten very much at all. But the black pot has other ideas and we immediately regret requesting it: the meat is stringy, the sauce is sweet and what compounds our disappointment is that there's enough to feed four or five people." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 7
Boo Murphy Vogue
Reviewed on December 21, 2007
"... the big communal dishes were very good, especially the wagyu shabu beef and a black leg chicken (sorry lost the menu as ever and can't remember the fancy name for it), served from a sexy black pot in a rich complex broth." READ REVIEW
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Critic's score: 6
Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on December 12, 2007
"I suspect Sake no hana is one of those places you either love with a passion, or utterly fail to comprehend. It is definitely a place for people who adore Japanese food, and like eating and drinking outside their comfort zone." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8.5
Fay Maschler Evening Standard
Reviewed on December 05, 2007
"Poulet noir simmered with soya bean, carrot, sugar snaps and yuzu pepper was served with bones intact which were extricated by the waiter at the table. The meat was delectable, the vegetables cooked down to their essential sweetness." READ REVIEW
Critic's score: 8

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Address23 St James's Street, London SW1A 1LP
Telephone number 020 7925 8988
Telephone numberAverage price: Moderate
• 1 AA Rosette
trainGreen Park
Opening timesMon-Sat Lunch 12 - 3pm; Dinner 6pm - Midnight
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