Japanese chef Daisuke Shimoyama, who spent six years at UMU in Mayfair, has opened his own restaurant, in County Hall; bento boxes are available at lunch, with fine dining and omakase tasting menus in the evenings.
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This little-known “hidden Japanese gem” near the London Eye showcases the skills of chef-parton Daisuke Shimoyama, who spent six years as head chef at Umu in Mayfair before launching his own venture at this hotel in the former County Hall. His omakase “tasting menu is particularly impressive” and is matched by an interesting sake list selected by the chef, while budget options at lunchtime include a bento box.
“A great addition to the area” – the reason to re-evaluate this hotel Japanese at County Hall includes the CV of chef patron Daisuke Shimoyama, who joined in early 2020. Daisuke spent six years as head chef at UMU under the immensely talented Yoshinori Ishii. At lunch you can eat for as little as £17 from the bento box selection, but aficionados of Japanese cuisine will go for the evening omakase tasting menu. Staff are “very pleasant and efficient” and the “zingy” cuisine is “really imaginative and delicious”. More reports please!
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|Wine per bottle||£32.00|
Southbank Riverside, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 7PB
|Wednesday||6 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||6 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||6 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|