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Restaurants in London | Taste of Sake No Hana

March 8, 2017
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
reservations[at]sakenohana.com
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15 Comments

  • Reply Gingey Bites March 9, 2017 at 03:16

    This does look delicious and I think that a 5 course lunch is a great price at £31 a head! Will have to check it out when I’m next in London! 🙂

  • Reply Kassie March 9, 2017 at 00:21

    This looks so delicious! I can’t get over how amazing that matcha ice-cream with mango looks <3

    I need to try more restaurants around me and might join you in the weekly quest to try something new around home!

  • Reply Lydia@LifeUntraveled March 8, 2017 at 23:51

    Oh my the dishes are just so pretty and look equally delicious! I love how they serve some of the food in those little wooden boxes!

  • Reply Riely March 8, 2017 at 22:29

    The “Taste of Sake No Hana” looked delicious. Great amount of food for the price for sure. The sushi looked especially good. It’s great that you are able to find great restaurants like this one in London for a bit of a deal. It can get so expensive otherwise.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 17:49

      Yes, this definitely is such a great deal considering the amount and quality of food served. Plus half a bottle of wine. 🙂

  • Reply Kristine March 8, 2017 at 20:07

    The restaurant looks very classy, and the food looks delicious. Reasonable price too. After all, it’s London! Might have to check it out next time I’m in London.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 17:49

      It’s definitely not a London price. 🙂

  • Reply Tracy March 8, 2017 at 18:50

    I like the sound of that app! Really useful. The meal looks delicious and the price you paid seems really reasonable considering it is London too! I may consider this restaurant on my next weekend in London!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 17:50

      I love that bookatable consolidates all of the promotions of restaurants in their app, no need to follow a lot of Facebook pages or subscribe to all restaurants to know about the promotions they’re having. 🙂

  • Reply Only By Land March 8, 2017 at 18:31

    I think 84 for a meal in London is quite reasonable. I love Japanese food and you photographed this meal very well. I woould go for the salmon avocado maki, I have to be honest I am not a fan of starters though, which would have left me plenty of room to enjoy the mango and ice cream!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 17:51

      My friend wasn’t a big fan of the starters too. I don’t know why but I loved it specially the pepper. 🙂

  • Reply Katie March 8, 2017 at 17:49

    Wow this looks incredible!!! I love bookatable, I can always find the best deals – really helps to save money! Sake No Hana looks AMAZING! May have to take my partner for our anniversary, he loves Japanese food!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 17:52

      I love that app too! The only downside is you can’t really create an account and see all of the bookings you’ve made through it. I had to cancel one booking and I had to go through all my emails to look for it. Lol

  • Reply Raymond March 8, 2017 at 14:12

    Nice post. The food looks lovely and £84 for London in a restaurant like ‘Sake no Hana’ seems like great value for money. My wife is Thai but she loves Japanese food and no doubt would love this restaurant. Thanks for sharing! I will look into ‘bookatable’…

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 17:53

      Yep, it’s the best app for people who love great food deals around the city. 🙂

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