Sakagura - the latest London restaurant from The Japan Centre group - is a luxurious extravaganza of Japanese dishes, sake and service. Hidden on a quiet street in Mayfair, this restaurant is deserving of its distinguished location. Entering the doors, you’ll find cool and quiet calm – with seats a stylish retreat behind Japanese privacy curtains, and staff who offer the Japanese ‘omotonashii’ sense of hospitality.
The menu is centred on Japanese washoku – with fresh, grilled and steamed dishes available alongside rice and pickles. You’ll likely find your Japanese staple favourites and more on the menu, which covers everything from freshly sliced sashimi served on a dramatic bed of ice and flowers, to juicy, buttery wagyu steak, through to soft, melty matcha gateaux.
At Sakagura, wasabi comes freshly grated at the table and sake is served in a cup of your choosing. The colourful Japanese ceramics, which each dish is served on, is reminiscent of kaiseki dinners in Japan – where the extraordinary effort put in to the presentation of the dishes never mars the perfection of the cuisine.
Fans of Japanese drinks – especially sake – will be in their element. The in-depth advice from the restaurant’s sake sommelier make this a fantastic choice for impressing a client or date. Sake pairings with the food offer customers generous quantities of their premium quality sakes, produced by Gekkeikan, and the sake sommelier will recommend when to drink it hot and when to keep it cold.
It’s hard to believe that somewhere like this needs to provide any kind of deals to draw in the customers, but the restaurant offers an extremely economical bottomless brunch deal. Unlike some restaurants where the drink of choice is limited, Sakagura offers hard-to-find Japanese beverages such as sparkling sake as part of their offer, alongside indulgent hangover-killing dishes such as juicy, crisp kara-age and soy-sauce caramel ice cream.
If you’ve been looking for a taste of Japan in London, or for that tranquil feeling of having your every dining need met with a sincere smile, you’ll have found the right place. Book a lunch or dinner here: www.sakaguralondon.com.
Sakagura’s sake cellar is stocked with premium Japanese sakes from Gekkeikan – a brewery located in the Fushimi district of Kyoto, whose soft waters are famous around Japan. Hard to come by Japanese whiskies, umeshu (plum wine) and a variety of craft beers and wines are also on offer in this stylish hideaway.
As well as offering a Japanese dining experience in the capital, Sakagura runs a series of events throughout the month, allowing visitors the chance to take part in sake workshops and listen to talks from expert, award winning sake brewers. Expect relevant topics to be covered by the speakers, and an accompaniment of mouth-wateringly good dishes. For more on Sakagura’s events, see here: www.sakaguralondon.com/events
Luckily, SeeJapan readers are in for a treat. Sakagura are offering you all £10 off on orders over £40 when visiting the restaurant, valid until 16 April 2017. All you need to do is bring a printed copy of this page and show it to your waiter or waitress. Full voucher details: "Sakagura provides a relaxed and contemporary dining destination steeped in Japanese tradition. Located in the heart of Mayfair, we celebrate the everyday washoku style of cooking and cuisine which incorporates a mix of rice, miso, pickled vegetables, fish and meat into each meal. From marbled wagyu beef to miso grilled black cod, present this email to enjoy £10 off your next visit to Sakagura, one of the most unique sake and dining experiences in London.
T&C’s: Valid until 16 April. One gift voucher can be redeemed per group on bills over £40, excluding service charge. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Cannot be used with bottomless brunch, weekday wagyu lunch or tasting menu."
Sakagura London Address:
8 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BU Phone:
020 3405 7230 Follow them on Twitter: @sakaguraldnSave