Entering the 1970’s building that blots the view of St James’ Street and the grand beautiful old buildings that line the street, I was shocked at what they had done inside. Immediately you feel as though you’re in a newly built building, with the high windows, Asian Fusion décor, and escalators rising up to the restaurant.
A smiling woman greets us and leads us to the bar for drinks before we are seated at our table. The bar is trendy and modern, with an impressive light feature, and Sake lining the bar. After our glass of sake we were taken upstairs, where the décor amazed me even more – wood surrounded us and made me feel as though I was in swanky Tokyo restaurant rather than in an ugly 1970’s build in central London.
Sake no Hana is part of the Hakkasan group, so I expected great things…and we got them. We started with Red Miso Soup, the ideal hearty soup for a cold winter’s day, with mushrooms and dumplings. We then had the Tempura, which included prawns and vegetables, and although the batter was slightly too salty, it was still delicious.
After watching the Chefs make our sushi, it appeared on our table and we tucked in. It was without a doubt the best sushi I have ever eaten, the outer layer of rice was fried, giving it an extra crunch and bit of texture.
Dessert was Mochi Ice-cream, a Japanese delicacy, Mochi Ice-cream is a glutinous rice cake that’s pounded into shape, and then filled with ice-cream. The flavours included; Green Tea, Vanilla, Mango, Passionfruit and Yuzu (an East Asian citrus fruit), with the Mango truly delectable.
Reservations for Sake no Hana can be made via phone (0207 925 8988) or via email (email@example.com).