At the end of last year I discovered Sake No Hana… If you love modern Japanese food, then stay with me on this, because to set the scene for this beautiful restaurant, it is important and it is worth it.

Sake no Hana

Hidden behind a Grade 1 listed building in the heart of St James’s, it is easy to miss this restaurant gem. The surprise of Kengo Kuma’s bamboo nest of modern Japanese design flair is as stunning, as it is zen. The interiors of linear bamboo and cypress wood are intended to transport you to the modern Japanese forest, and they do.

If you love design and know the LLW instagram page, you will have seen Kengo’s ‘NEST’ at the V&A for London Design Festival in 2019. It sat in the middle of the John Madjeski Garden and looked quite at home.

Kengo Kuma’s installation for LDF 2019 at the V&A

Kimono at the V&A

My first visit to Sake No Hana was for breakfast. The perfect location for the launch of the V&A’s upcoming exhibition of Kimono : Kyoto to Catwalk, which opens 29 February.

Alongside a fascinating introduction, we were given to taste everything from soup, to sushi to hot dishes… it was a little sample of their menu. I ate everything put in front of me, I couldn’t help it – it was delicious.

Omakase | Sake No Hana

Last month LLW was invited to sit at the chef’s table for OMAKASE.  Translated it means “I’ll leave it up to you”. Having never experienced anything like this, I was as curious, as I was excited to try the sample menu.

Sake no hana

The menu that is devised and created by your chef, is an ever changing one, based on seasons and availability on the day.

Chef Hideki at work at Sake no Hana
Chef Hideki at work

Watching someone make your sushi from scratch, the interest in the ingredients, made each mouthful intoxicating. We were having a sample menu of nine dishes.

Sushi at Sake no Hana

The small details can make the world of difference. At the end of our meal when Chef Hideki signed our menu’s in a beautiful traditional ink, made this a very special experience.

Sake no Hana

The Omakase menu is available every night for 6 people, but if you can’t get a seat at the chef’s table, I highly recommend you go for anything. My regular sushi bar will never be the same. I certainly wont be having it straight from the fridge ever again… Now please pass me a glass of sake.

Sake No Hana | Website