Harden's survey result
For 25 years we've been curating reviews of the UK's most notable restaurant. This year diners have submitted over 60,000 reviews to create the most authoritative restaurant guide in the UK.
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.
“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”.
“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”.
“It’s certainly no longer London’s hottest place”, service remains “moody”, and “the bill is always more than you expect”… but this once-path-breaking Mayfair dining room still offers “brilliant” Japanese fusion fare, and “great people-watching” too.
Nobu, Metropolitan Hotel Restaurant Diner Reviews
"it's too busy, loud and feels like a chain."
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lunch noon - 2.30 pm, dinner 6 pm - 11 pm
Last orders: 10.15 pm, Fri & Sat 11 pm, Sun 10 pm