Harden's survey result
Under “perfect chef and artist” Yoshinori Ishii (chef since 2010), this fairly small, hidden-away Japanese – in a quirky Mayfair mews, with little exterior signage – had been going from strength to strength and was head-and-shoulders the best property of Marlon Abela’s M.A.R.C. group. In early 2020, though – just prior to the first pandemic lockdown – it entered administration along with others in the group, although unlike The Square and Mortons Club it remained open. Details of its rescue are scant, but rescued it was and as of November 2020 it continued to trade.
“Yoshinori Ishii is the perfect chef and artist… unique” and goes from strength to strength at this fairly small, hidden-away Japanese – in a quirky Mayfair mews, with little exterior signage – where he’s been head chef since 2010. Traditional gripes about the larcenous pricing are notable by their absence this year: instead, feedback could not be more positive about his Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine, placing it firmly in contention amongst London’s top Japanese destinations. Owned by Marlon Abela’s M.A.R.C. group – this is head-and-shoulders his best property.
“Japanese cuisine at its finest (the quality of ingredients, especially fish, is simply amazing!)” inspires respect for Marlon Abela’s much-vaunted venture dedicated to Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine, tucked away in a delightful Mayfair mews and whose sleek styling is “not typically Japanese… in a good way”. Ever since it opened in 2004, it has taken flak for being “grossly overpriced”, but the reason its ratings were dragged down this year related to a couple of unusually disappointing reports.
The doors slide back Star Trek-style at this bijou Japanese restaurant “tucked away discreetly” in a cute Mayfair mews – one of London’s leading providers of “sublime and sophisticated” Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine… but “ye gods, the prices!” Chef Yoshinori Ishii is “the ultimate Renaissance man – he makes the pottery, does the flowers and calligraphy, teaches fisherman how to treat the catch and takes cooking to another level!”
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|Wine per bottle||£55.00|
14-16 Bruton Pl, London, W1J 6LX
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|Tuesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑22 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑22 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑22 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑22 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑22 pm|