London's carnivores with big pockets have a new treat coming their way this summer. One of Tokyo's most prestigious restaurants is opening its first restaurant outside Japan, in Mayfair.
According to The Telegraph, Aragawa will be taking over the old Miyama site on Clarges Street bringing their legendary - and pricey - steaks to the West End.
Billed as one of the world's most expensive restaurants by Forbes, the Tokyo restaurant first launched in the late sixties. It forged a reputation, like many Tokyo spots, for doing one thing very well. In Aragawa's case it's all about their melt-in-the-mouth Kobe beef which they source from Tajima-gyu. They also serve up a whole salmon which they slow smoke in their own kiln.
As you might expect from anywhere taking such care over their ingredients, the experience won't be cheap. In Tokyo a set meal costs upwards of £400 so you can expect similar prices when they arrive in London. The wine list will be similarly punchy as it's going to focus on matured grand cru wines from Bordeaux, Bourgogne and Champagne.
Aragawa's founder Kotaro, along with Head Chef Kazuo Imayosh, is behind the London restaurant which is being designed by Dale Atkinson who's responsible for the look of Norma, Atul Kocchar's recently-opened Mathura and City spot Cabotte. From the designs it looks as though there'll be an open kitchen so you can see the steaks being cooked over the Binchotan charcoal, but if you're after privacy there's also going to be a private dining room too.
More about Aragawa
Where is it? 38 Clarges Street, London W1J 7EN
When? May 2022
Find out more: Follow them on Instagram @aragawa.tokyo
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