High-end Japanese dining hits the suburbs

High-end omakase dining arrives in Hampstead this month with the opening of restaurant Iné, from the team behind Taku in Mayfair.

Named after the Japanese for the rice plant before it is harvested, Iné will offer a 15-course omakase (“leave it to the chef”) meal along with a full sushi and sashimi menu at an eight-seat counter, with booths in the main restaurant serving French-influenced Japanese cuisine.

Taku opened a year ago in Albermarle Street from Sapporo-born sushi master Takuya Watanabe, whose Paris restaurant Jin has been a well-known destination for 10 years.

Taking over the former Goldfish Chinese restaurant in Hampstead High Street, Iné may be the most ambitious omakase yet to open in the suburbs, but its prices are still considerably lower than central London equivalents: 15 courses at Iné will cost £100 a head, while 17 courses at Taku start at £160 a head for lunch, and dinner of 20 courses starts at £300 a head, rising to £400 for prestige ingredients.

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