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“Beautiful food in a stunning location” – a Modernist building next to The Economist in St James’s – again wins high ratings for this long-running Japanese outfit in the Hakkasan Group. It’s never really made its mark, however, and continues to inspire little feedback, but such as there is brims with enthusiasm nowadays for the “always-great meals”. And if you support sustainability, you’ll want to know that Sake No Hana is, as of September 2019, the first restaurant in the UK to sell fully farmed Bluefin tuna rather than the endangered variety.
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.
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.
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.
Sake No Hana Restaurant Diner Reviews
"The food is very good and the menus are well done so as to have a good taste of the specialties. The ambience is nice as well, especially for groups but the service could be more diligent, smoother"
|Wine per bottle||£35.00|
23 St James’s St, London, SW1A 1HA
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑4 pm, 6 pm‑11:30 pm|