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Summary

“The food is just as good as it always was” (if no longer as trailblazing) at this Japanese-South American fusion concept, a global operation that exploded onto the London scene 21 years ago in this minimalist (some would say boring), first-floor space, overlooking Hyde Park. “Not the destination it used to be for spotting a celeb”, that’s not without its benefits (“there’s no problem getting a table”) and though as “expensive” as it’s always been (and with so-so service), it can “still impress”.

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

Summary

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year – this once-trailblazing Japanese fusion icon, overlooking Hyde Park, “doesn’t pull the crowds the way it used to” (“go if you like loud groups of celebratory thirtysomethings, or watching people taking endless selfies”) but “the food can still sparkle” to the extent fans find “incredible”. “There are IKEA salesrooms that look more luxurious than this place”, however, “prices are eyewatering”, and “it’s insulting how staff’s main aim seems to be turning tables faster than you can eat”… at least some things never change.

£99
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“The black cod is legendary” at this once path-breaking Japanese-fusion icon overlooking Park Lane, and for some long-term fans “it can never be beaten”. That this erstwhile paparazzi favourite is “horrendously overpriced” and has “mediocre service” has always gone with the territory, but its culinary performance seems ever-more “tired”.

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

Summary

“Still doing amazing sushi… still incredibly expensive” – London’s original Japanese-fusion haunt is increasingly overlooked nowadays, but it remains a “classic” for some reporters; the odd celeb still pops up now and again, but even so the dining room “lacks atmosphere”.

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

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Opening hours
Monday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Tuesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10:30 pm
Thursday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-11 pm
Friday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-11 pm
Saturday12 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-11 pm
Sunday12:30 pm-2:30 pm, 6 pm-10 pm

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