I don’t do so many restaurant reviews anymore as somewhere really has to blow me away to make me want to write about it, which is why you should definitely continue reading this review of last week’s visit to Sake No Hana..
From 22nd October to 24th November, Sake no Hana, the Japanese restaurant from Hakkasan Group, is celebrating the change of season with their ‘Autumn Leaf installation’, using Autumnal red, orange and yellow leaves to encase the floor to ceiling glass windows at the front of the restaurant on St James Street 🍂 How lucky I was to be one of the first to try it!
Head Chef Hideki Hiwatashi has created a limited-edition menu using seasonal ingredients to be enjoyed alongside Kengo Kuma’s stunning nature-inspired architecture that is totally different to anything I’ve seen in London before.
For £40 per person, you can dine on 3 courses and a cocktail to accompany each. The menu includes Kinoko misojitate, wild mushroom and chilli yuzu miso soup; Shitake tofu, shiitake mushrooms filled with homemade tofu and wasabi sauce; Salmon kurumi miso yaki, pan fried Loch Duart salmon with walnuts and Kyoto miso; Tori sumiyaki, chargrilled miso chicken with sesame chilli miso; Gunma wagyu beef maki, asparagus, caramelised onion and kizami wasabi. The dessert is a hazelnut feuilletine and hazelnut chocolate parfait with chocolate and maple syrup soup and a mascarpone mousse.
The menu at Sake no Hana was absolutely amazing and so perfect for special occasions but also totally accessible for casual dining too with this £40 menu. My one piece of advice – take it easy on the cocktails, because you might just be dealing with a hell of a mid-afternoon hangover like I did…!
The Autumn Leaf installation and the limited-edition menu will be available at Sake no Hana from 22nd October to 24th November for £40 per person, also available a la carte. Book a table here.
My experience at Sake no Hana was complimentary, but all views are my own.