Sake no Hana

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Sake no Hana bar and restaurant is housed on the first floor of a modernist Grade II listed building in the heart of St James, offering modern Japanese dining. The a la carte menu provides a variety of hot and cold appetisers, charcoal grill, Toban and Kamameshi dishes, while sushi and sashimi are prepared to order at the 13 seat sushi bar. A carefully selected list of sakes, Japanese whiskeys and other wines, spirits and liqueurs complement the dishes offered in the restaurant. Sake no Hana’s interiors were designed my esteemed architect Kengo Kuma and the bar includes a beautiful futuristic chandelier, offering the perfect space for post work cocktails. Cloakroom available. ALIPAY and weChat payment accepted.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The dining room is lovely and the staff were great for the most part. However, given the cost I think the food lacked a real wow factor and was a little underwhelming. London has some great mid-range Japanese restaurants that would provide food as good as here at a fraction of the price so a little disappointing.

t
San Francisco
77 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Nice restaurant with curious location you reach via escalator. The food was very good and, excusing the somewhat business crowd the room is nice. However I was annoyed that having booked the £39 deal I wasn’t given that menu. First time of asking for the lunch deal menu I was pointed to a set of £48 bento boxes. Only having checked my email from Opentable was I able to finally extract the correct menu from my waiter, who was pretty surly for the rest of the meal. Not what was expected.

OT
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Service terrible, food incredible

EH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A big fan of Sake no Hana. They never fail to impress. Excellent service, delicious food and increasingly catering for vegetarians and vegans too. Perfect for a business lunch, romantic meal or meal with friends. Highly recommended.

QC
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Had the set menu. Sushi course was amazing, but my main course (prawn tempura) was a bit bland. Service was very good.

m
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Definitely not what it used to be. Indifferent service. Food took forever. Go elsewhere.

DK
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent venue, menu & crew who made my 50th lunch celebrations very special indeed - highly recommended

MD
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Have been in this restaurant multiple times. It is always impeccable.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favourite restaurant. Amazing food, service and vibe.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing I will definitely go again

DS
London
52 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

I have always loved this place for the food, the atmosphere and before tonight the service has always been excellent, attentive and very efficient. but tonight, its all changed. It's terrible waiting staff team operating last night. Rush rush rush, made assumptions of what we want, didnt give us menu again after our main and just made the assumption that we were ordering desserts. I am genuinely at lost.

However, the food has always been good, but i can see the portion has now reduced significantly, presentation has maintained its very IG-able quality. Atmosphere and decor has always been the loveliest thing about this place.

Good place to go for a special occasion.

EH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The music in back ground was very laud & destabing

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful food -close to top restaurants in Japan

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

For the price point the food was good but not amazing. Service however was very good.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Very slow kitchen output spoilt what would have been a nice dinner

EJ
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always. Perfect food with great service. Thank you for looking after us and we will be sure to come back again.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Abbiamo cenato spesso in questo ristorante, sempre una bella occasione per mangiare ottimo sushi

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MC
London
27 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful room, great food, cocktails and sake. Recommended.

PZ
London
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Sake no Hana was outstanding. From being greated by the hostesses at the door, to having amazing cocktails at the bar all throughout to our fantastic dinner. We ordered the 4 course set menu, that was amazing and excellent value for money. Decor and ambiance was amazing, a true work of art resembling japanese bamboo forests. The staff were very attentive. Couldn't recommend it enough.

M
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great deal
On the set menu with half bottle of wine
We ordered an extra tempura prawn to complement to set menu
Beautiful all round

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We tried the dinner course £39 per person and nothing really special.

HT
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my 21st birthday and was thoroughly pleased with the visit. Exceptional service from entrance to table, gorgeous food and incredible atmosphere. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable and the surprise birthday dessert was a nice touch

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. Nice ambiance. The more expensive meals in the menu are superb!

HR
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best Japanese restaurant that I have been to. Everything was PERFECT.

Currently lost for words but it’s definitely a place worth 5 stars.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience, perfect food, drink and service. Could really appreciate the balance of tastes in every single dish.

OT
London
13 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Horrible inattentive service. Repeatedly had to ask for help.

Have eaten here about six times and it seems to be getting worse each time. Will start looking at others

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my daughter after work for an early supper. We sat at the counter and enjoyed some of the best food we’ve ever had. It’s not cheap, bit you’re in St James so top prices come with the territory. Genuinely loved the food, we will be going back.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond tasty. I've got to come back, such a unique little gem in the city. -Shay

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Informed the restaurant in advance that it was for a 60th birthday and we would be bringing some 60th themed napkins and table decorations. On arrival told this was not allowed as they had their own package.

Menù very poorly structured. Not clear which order the dishes will be served in. Example, we were told the sushi would be served last - it was the first to arrive. One guest had not received any of their choices for almost 2 hours, whilst another guest has received 3 of their choices.

Chosen wine had sold out. Sommelier suggested an alternative, but this was a totally different grape.

Some dishes are grossly overpriced, such as the hot pot rice. Reportedly containsi octopus but this was hardly discernible amongst the meagre bowl of rice.

In short, cramped, extremely disorganised and grossly overpriced for the offering.

HV
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Felt rushed.
Plates were cleared very quickly.
Drinks were poured with drops spread all over the table.
Quality of the food is great but would appreciate a bit more time.

L
London
8 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely dinner. Excellent produce, well-made and expertly presented, high quality service (albeit a little pensive at times). Very special atmosphere, beautiful lighting & ambience. A bit steep but worth it for the special occasion. Will definitely be back to sample more of the vegetarian options - there were a surprising amount on and off menu!

IZ
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not my first time visiting Sake no Hana and is not the last. Definitely one of my favourite places in London. I had the joy of eating by the sushi chefs counter and a table. The food is incredible but good food can be found in many places in the city. The SERVICE is AMAZING! From the hostesses welcoming smiles when arriving through the articulate but easy-going waiters, friendly sushi chefs, and incredibly knowledgable sake sommeliers.

My pro tip is: If you want to get the best of the atmosphere - be there early, when the place is full the service will not have the opportunity to have those interesting and engaging conversations that you could have.

I
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 3

Too expensive for what it is and the food was generally forgettable. Superb service and the staff incredibly attentive and kind.

Too much alcohol was offered on the menu for people who are not heavy alcohol drinkers. Would have preferred more effort on the food. Aubergine starter was disgusting, tasted of cheap peanut butter from Asda. The aubergines were cut in very big chunks with no delicacy, it was hard to eat it.

The food lacks Japanese finesse and more attention to detail. The candy floss rib eye steak dish was too soupy and very little steak was added. Truffle rice was delicious and the addition of dill was a clever combination. Sushi and nigiris were good and fresh but not mind blowing.

The puddings were the defining factor, looked very ornate and elaborate but they were tasteless and dull. We tried the matcha roll and the coconut bamboo stick. Both of them looked impressive but tasted of grease. The fruits on their sides that had been soaked on sugar (apricot and kumquat) added nothing to these dishes. The chocolate soil on the bamboo stick had a horrible taste and unpleasant texture.

The venue is very nice and relaxing and we felt very welcome and very cared for by the staff.

I would like to say that I will come back but the food is not good enough, it requires a lot of improvement.

Sake no Hana
Responded on August 10, 2019

Dear Infant, We appreciate your feedback. It’s great to hear that you loved the service, but we regret to hear that you weren’t happy with the food. We take every comment seriously and have passed your notes along to the team. We do hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back. Sincerely, Anna Kuzmina Maitre`D

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MO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Over priced, lacks exceptional presentation and quality for sushi dishes. Very mediocre - sushi was basic.

Sake no Hana
Responded on August 10, 2019

Dear Maya Okkes , Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We take great pride in our cuisine and source our ingredients from the best purveyors. We are constantly innovating and looking to provide an exceptional experience for our guests. We have made note of your comments, and have shared them with our management team. We do hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back. Sincerely, Anna Kuzmina Maitre`D

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n
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service and delicious food in a great environment

FO
London
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

It’s a gorgeous looking restaurant but the food was average in comparison to the sister restaurant and other similar restaurants. It was a busy night and the service was poor. We had to keep stopping waiters to attend to us because they seemed overwhelmed.

Sake no Hana
Responded on August 1, 2019

Dear Femio, Thank you for dining with us at Sake No Hana. We appreciate the feedback on our service standards. We take comments such as these very seriously, and you can rest assured they are being addressed. Thank you, and we do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back. Best Regards, Anna Kuzmina Maitre’D

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Had the 7 course set menu. Best dish was the duck but the rest was forgettable no amazing flavours and a bit bland also the beef balls were not nice tasted over cooked. Service was ok, they forgot my drink twice. 5.9/10

EM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With outstanding food, Sake no Hana is a very pleasant restaurant located conveniently and with extremely friendly staff. In all, our experience was flawless, everyone left satisfied. The price is quite steep, but that is what it costs to have such a fabulous dining experience with drinks at a premium location in London.

JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice bday meal

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