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Summary

Set in a very 1960s Modernist building next to The Economist, this ambitious Japanese in St James’s is part of the all-conquering Hakkasan Group, but its up-and-down performance over the years means it’s never achieved the high profile of its siblings. This said, “the food has moved up a level” in the last couple of years, and the place is nowadays achieving consistently good ratings all round.

£78
 ££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

Though part of the can’t-put-a-step-wrong Hakkasan Group, this wackily impressive modern Japanese, in a deeply 1960s St James’s building next to The Economist, has divided opinion in the past, not helped by the fact that its “closely packed” interior “can lack ambience when empty”. Still, its “delicate”, “melt-in-the-mouth” cuisine wins over all reporters this year.

£62
  £££
4
Very Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

This offbeat, potentially impressive Japanese-inspired outfit has an unusual ’60s setting next to The Economist in St James’s, and its “trendy” but soulless decor was the result of a refit (overseen by Alan Yau) several years ago. Its modern Asian cuisine can be “incredible”, but is too often “only OK at the top-end prices” making the “patchy” service all the harder to bear.

£76
 ££££
3
Good
1
Poor
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

You take “a weirdly shopping-centre-esque escalator” to this slickly designed Japanese, in a ’60s St James’s development next to The Economist; its “Asian-fusion” cuisine can be “very enjoyable”, but it’s “expensive”, service can be “un-welcoming” and too often there’s “no atmosphere”.

£75
 ££££
3
Good
1
Poor
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Portions
103

Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch   £44.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 74.00 Always Available 7
Menu2 59.00 Always Available 7

Tapas / Dim Sum

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£5.00 £15.00 £13.50 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £2.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
23 St James’s St, London, SW1A 1HA
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Opening hours
Monday12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-11 pm
Tuesday12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-11 pm
Wednesday12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-11 pm
Thursday12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-11 pm
Friday12 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-11:30 pm
Saturday12 pm-4 pm, 6 pm-11:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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