It’s all change for Matsuri St James as it finally shuts up shop for the last time after 23 years, reopening its doors several months and £2.5m later with a brand new name and menu.
The new restaurant, called Onodera, will branch off from its predecessor’s signature teppanyaki dish of meat and veg, cooked on a flat iron grill Japanese style. The new menu will offer a much broader range of Japanese delicacies, with a modern twist. There’ll be a considerable sake list,
2/11/2016 - updated with extended soft launch info.
There's always a lot of excitement when a new Tonkotsu opens, but now the people behind it, Emma Reynolds and Kensuke Yamada, are coming up with something brand new. They're opening Anzu in the new St James development and they're describing it as a Japanese brasserie - "good food and amazing service in fine but relaxed surroundings" .
It's definitely a bit of a change from Tonkotsu - that's an
Sumosan Twiga will open in Sloane Street in November, after the Japanese half of the venture makes the short jump from its previous home in Mayfair. The new restaurant will serve award-winning sushi, sashimi and other high-end Japanese hot dishes alongside classic Italian. There’ll also be an express lunch bento box available for £29.
Japanese and Italian are a match made in heaven according to the owners, as both cuisines
Mayfair's Japanese restaurant Chisou has just opened Kiri. They're describing it as the baby of a family which also has restaurants in Knightsbridge and Chiswick. What that means in practice is that it'll serve modern Japanese dishes with some Korean influences. So you'll find Korean fried chicken alongside miso black cod and spiced sweet potato croquettes alongside hirata buns and kimchee fried rice with Japanese mushrooms.
We're quite tempted by the sound of
Hot on the heels of Kerb opening its latest marketthere, Camden is going to be the home of the next venue for the interactive dining company inamo. Expect interactive tableclothes where you can rate your dishes and doodle as you dine as well as a street food style bar menu.
The Camden branch, which will open this Autumn opposite Morning Crescent tube
If you've already been to Jason Atherton's most recent opening, Sosharu, in Clerkenwell you may have wondered what was behind the curtain in one corner of the room. If you're as nosy as us you'll have peeked behind to find a kappo restaurant within a restaurant. While the rest of the restaurant bedded down, they've been holding this private dining space back but it's about to open this summer.
The room will be called Kisetsu (which means season in
We head over to Kingsland High Street to check out this fast and fun Japanese spot
If you are already missing Fowl Mouths after their King & Co pop-up, they're back. Next up for the Japanese pop-up is the Lido Cafe in Dulwich. On the menu will be:
Jason Atherton's Clerkenwell restaurant brings a slice of Tokyo to EC1
It's fair to say that the Edgware Road probably isn't the first place you'd think of dining in some sort of modernist Japanese sky high pub. But that's exactly what's opening there this Spring. KOJAWAN - the name is an amalgam of Korea, Japan and Taiwan - is the brainchild of Bjorn Van Der Horst (Greenhouse, La Noisette, Eastside Inn) and Omar Romero (Rhodes Twenty Four, Rosewood).
They're taking over the dining room on the 23rd floor of the Hilton
The slew of new and interesting restaurants opening up in King's Cross is set to continue with news that an authentic Japanese neighbourhood restaurant Wazen is opening there next month.
What's really important is who's in the kitchen and at Wazen that's head chef Toshimasa Tanahashi who heads to KX via 30 years spent in the kitchens of Japanese restaurants Matsuri in St James, Kyubi at the Arts Club in Mayfair and Kouzu in Belgravia.
The minimalist spot says
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