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St James’s Afternoon Tea at The Stafford Hotel

The blurb

Situated just off St James’s, The Stafford Hotel is surrounded by some of the highest-quality independent retailers in London. ‘St James’s Afternoon Tea’ brings to life six local stores, in a unique and delicious dining experience, with every … Read more →

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Japanese Golden Week At Sake no Hana

The blurb

In Japan, at the end of April every year, the country has a week of rest, this is called Golden Week. At the end of Golden Week, Koinobori, which means ‘carp streamers’ in Japanese, are flown to celebrate … Read more →

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'Utterly moreish, we both agreed we could eat it for starter, main and dessert'


Open Sunday-Thursday midday–midnight, Friday-Saturday midday-1am

The blurb

Ukai has been part of the Notting Hill food scene for a decade, serving ‘fresh and exciting contemporary Japanese cuisine in an irresistible setting’. It’s not simply simply another sushi bar, though; the … Read more →

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'ROKA is the place to bring the food snob who values substance over style'

ROKA Mayfair

Open Mon–Fri midday–11.30pm, Sat 12.30pm–11.30pm, Sun 12.30pm–10.30pm

The blurb

When it comes to Japanese, I have a selective palate and a healthy skepticism for nontraditional takes on my favourite cuisine. Though I appreciate attempts at fusion, I’m a bit of … Read more →

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'The standout dishes are those that placed the fish front and centre'

Salmontini Le Resto

Open Tue–Fri midday–midnight, Sat 11am–midnight, Sun midday–11.30pm

The blurb

The brainchild of Joe Bassili, Salmontini originally began in Lebanon as a salmon smokehouse. The concept was so successful, it led to restaurants in Beirut and then Dubai. Salmontini le Resto … Read more →

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'Kurobuta serves up Japanese-inspired food that prioritises comfort without compromising on style'


Mon–Sun midday–10.30pm

The blurb

Don’t let the location fool you. Styled after an izakaya (the Japanese version of a gastropub), Kurobuta is a casual respite from the posh streets of Knightsbridge. While I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it … Read more →

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'Kojawan looks out over the city in pretty fantastic fashion'


Wed–Sat 5pm–2am, Sun 11am–2am

The blurb

Billing itself as a ’21st century izakaya’—a sort of informal Japanese sake bar for after-work drinks and food, a bit like a gastropub—Kojawan ‘takes innovation to new heights with playful menus’ and inventive dishes … Read more →

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'The all-Japanese kitchen team is headed up by Kyoichi Kai, once head chef of Zuma'


Lunch Mon—Fri 12pm—3pm; dinner Mon—Thu 6pm—10.30pm, Fri—Sat 6pm—11pm

The style

Contemporary Japanese has arrived in Victoria, served up in a period corner building that opens into a large, airy space split into the main restaurant and well-stocked bar downstairs and … Read more →

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Zinnia sushi
'This is simply a delightful restaurant that plays host to a very mixed, lively and elegant crowd'


Tue—Sat midday—late

Chelsea’s new Japanese-style brasserie Zinnia is housed in a former Mexican taco restaurant, but the transformation could not be more dramatic. Zinnia’s entrance opens rather grandly onto a stylish bar, which is almost the width of the building.… Read more →

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'The hug-in-a-bowl dishes are comforting'

Bone Daddies Kensington

Open daily 11am–6pm

Ramen (the Japanese soup which includes meat, veggies, egg and Chinese-style lamian noodles) is achieving cult status in Europe. Zuma’s former head chef Ross Shonhan, arguably the man who brought the boom to London, has recently launched … Read more →

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