In line with my New Year’s resolution that I’d go out at least once a week to explore what London has to offer in terms of its activities and tourist spots, I thought I’d throw in a few restaurant visits as well. Now I may not be a real foodie but I sure like eating good food specially if there’s a discount involved. Lol.
Bookatable is one of the first few websites which I figured I’d be using a lot since I moved to London. It’s an app where you can book your table (if it wasn’t very obvious yet based on the website’s name) in a lot of restaurants in the city. It also alerts you about the promotions the restaurants are having for a certain period of time. I’ve subscribed to this service and now my calendar is filled with restaurant bookings to try out all their dining offers.
One particular restaurant which started a dining promotion that I was so keen to visit was Sake no Hana by Hakkasan. It is no secret that Hakkasan is one of my favorite restaurants in Doha as they’ve served truly delicious food every time I visited it while I was living there. I wanted to know if Sake no Hana lives up to the Hakkasan experience as well.
I arrived at 1:30pm in Sake no Hana in Mayfair, 30 minutes earlier than my reservation. The restaurant was filled with business-suited men having their lunch break or meeting (perhaps). During the day, it had a very business vibe. I do want to visit it for dinner or drinks to see how the dining area transforms itself to set the mood for a date night.
I went there with my friend Angela to try out their Taste of Sake no Hana menu. It is priced at £31 per person for a 5-course meal with half a bottle of wine. As I’m not a wine drinker and Angela is pregnant (woo hoo, congrats), we chose to have some of their delicious mocktails instead.
We had miso soup to start with and for my second course, I had tuna tartar with deep fried tofu and yuzu pepper. The deep fried tofu had a spicy kick to it which I wasn’t expecting while the yuzu pepper was perhaps my favorite among the three.
For my third course I had salmon avocado maki, spicy chirashi maki and okura shiso maki. Their sushi were fresh and all prepared to order at the sushi bar. We were served 6 pieces of sushi and by the time we finished it all, I was already 80% full but even then, I couldn’t wait for my main course to be served.
I had chicken sumiyaki for my main course, a char-grilled miso chicken with egg mustard sauce. I ordered it because it smelled so good when diners sitting beside our table ordered it while I was waiting for my friend to arrive. I’m happy to say that it tasted as good as it smelled. Looking at the photo below made me hungry for it again.
We were both completely full after the main course but when signature dessert was served, our appetite was once again triggered on. It was a delicious concoction of fresh fruits and matcha icecream – matcha, a flavor I absolutely love and one of the reasons I love the Japanese cuisine.
We paid a total of £84 including a bottle of water and 13% service charge. For the quality of food and number of courses we were served, I think that it’s an absolute bargain. Taste of Sake no Hana is available for lunch and dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays. During Wednesdays to Saturdays, it is served during lunch and dinner between 6pm to 7pm and after 10pm.
Sake no Hana
23 St James’ Street
London, SW1A 1HA
020 7925 8988
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