Engawa Restaurant

4.5
277 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasions
Engawa Restaurant is located within the prestigious Ham Yard Hotel, offering a traditional Japanese cuisine for Wagyu and sushi tasting course and is our flagship restaurant outside of Japan. We hope to bring our unique dining experience and authentic Japanese food to the people of London.

Salt group is the market leader in the Japanese dining scene, providing both casual and high-end cuisine. Established in 2002, the group is growing fast as a global trendsetter, understanding consumer markets and offering diners an experience they’ll never forget.
Our portfolio of 40 restaurants includes prestigious venues in prime locations with flagship destinations such as Osaka and Tokyo.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Sunday: 12noon - 2:30pm
Monday - Saturday 6pm - 10:30pm
Sunday 6pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
020 7287 5724
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Akira Shimizu
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Area
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Public Transit
Located behind Piccadilly circus. Engawa Restaurant is ideally located with underground and bus links to all parts of London a stones throw away. Taxi"s are readily available at Piccadilly also.
Additional
Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area
What 277 People Are Saying
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WK
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

Tucked away in Ham Yard off Piccadilly Circus is this amazingly good and authentic Japanese restaurant with original Kobe beef, all presented beautifully and elegantly. The sushi/sashimi was excellent too. The fish was fresh and of good quality. The Kobe beef was sensational, not too fatty and yet tender and flavourful. The prices may look steep, but the portions are large and it is good value for the quality and service you get.

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DL
2.0
Dined 5 days ago

Staffs were really creepy. We went in at 8.30pm and were pretty much eyed by them the whole time, rushing us to finish our food so they could get off work.

This was a big put off, considering that the food is actually alright.

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M
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

nice food, you need to try the wagyu beef!
negative things, the place is very small,like 25 seating, and little bit over priced.

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Morocco
5.0
Dined on 10 July 2018

Food are so fresh and tasty!
Quite love bento box...

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 7 July 2018

It was my partner’s birthday and unlike what we expected, they gave him a surprised ‘birthday dessert’ (we thought we had to pay since I read a previous review about this).

Compared to all my sushi experience, I’d say it’s worth a shot for Kobe beef if you have never tried it before. The restaurant is lovely and the staff are nice. Personally I just don’t think we will visit it again cause’ we prefer other steak cuts.

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OT
London
4.0
Dined on 7 July 2018

Beautiful presentation and ambience, but service was rushed and was overpriced for what it was

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OT
London
4.0
Dined on 5 July 2018

Good: service. Grilled beef and sushi.
Bad: Menu variety poor. Miso soup not good. Super expensive.

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HE
4.0
Dined on 5 July 2018

My boyfriend and I went to Engawa for his 30th birthday and both thoroughly enjoyed the service and food. I’ve seen some reviews here criticising the service which I don’t entirely understand as our experience was that they were attentive, friendly and thoroughly efficient.

We both had the three course Omakase menu and from the delicious appetiser, to the beautifully presented and Instagrammable sashimi, to the mouth-watering wagyu beef, it was wonderful! They also brought out a complimentary birthday dessert for my boyfriend, which was a nice touch. Would definitely recommend it for a special treat!

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Los Angeles
1.0
Dined on 2 July 2018

The service was horrible.
The host didn’t bother to check us and had attitude when we walked in to the restaurant. I made the reservation for bday celebration but none of the staff from the restaurant was aware of it.

The presentation was cute but the food was just so so.
I would not recommend to a friend nor come back to visit.

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OT
London
1.0
Dined on 30 June 2018

Food was terrible and incredibly overpriced. Not worth spending a single penny.

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London
3.0
Dined on 25 June 2018

The food looks good but it does not taste like thar

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JC
5.0
Dined on 24 June 2018

Went for my husbands birthday. It was fabulous! He said it was the best Japanese food he'd ever had!

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K
London
3.0
Dined on 23 June 2018

Upon arriving we were told that our reservation was on counter top and not a table. At the time there was a table available which he wouldn’t give to us. When we argued that we made reservation for a table the attitude of the manager was “you should have called and not make the booking through Open Table. This is not our fault, etc etc”. We decided to accept the counter top as we had no other choice for dinner and miraculously 5 minutes later there was a table available. On top of that they didn’t offer Kobe beef as described in their website. When i pointed this out again there were a number of excuses. Not a place I would go again

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OT
5.0
Dined on 21 June 2018

great food

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OT
2.0
Dined on 17 June 2018

We came here to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday in June 2018.
Food:
The sashimi box and wagyu beef are nice to try for first timers.
Special Request:
I was very disappointed that my request for a complimentary birthday plate (which was confirmed over the phone with the restaurant) was not provided. When I asked them about it after the meal, they said I had to order a dessert in order to get a *complimentary* birthday plate, which they didn’t tell me beforehand over the phone or in email.
Ambience:
The place itself is very cramped (so we could hear the heated argument between the couple sitting next to us).
Service:
The staff are very welcoming and attentive. However since the place is so small, the staff was checking on us all the time and I felt rushed to finish each course. At one point one staff told me she needed to collect my sashimi box because my next course was coming, so I had to quickly finish off my remaining food...

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C
London
5.0
Dined on 15 June 2018

As always exquisite food, beautiful setting and welcoming atmosphere

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London
4.0
Dined on 6 June 2018

The staff were friendly, and took their time to introduce several dishes on their menu which we had some questions on. The food was prepared pretty quickly and service was prompt.

The ambiance was alright, but I would prefer if the suction was stronger in the kitchen (although I can understand that if it was to be stronger, it would be extremely noisy for the guest facing the chef).

Food was great! My girlfriend and I shared an off-menu sashimi ‘Kama-toro’ (fatty tuna from the cheek) and we both went for the 3-course menu with the Wagyu main.

The starter was alright, interesting combination of flavors, although not necessarily to my liking. I do appreciate the piece of otoro sashimi (fatty tuna belly) casually presented in there though :)

The 2nd course was presented like a sushi ‘bento’, the presentation was so instagrammable! Good preparation and choices of fish. Loved it!

The main then was the wagyu beef served medium-rare. It wasn’t the best I’ve had, I’ve had better in Malaysia and Japan, BUT this was really excellent! Its done just right and so juicy, the rendered fat really packs a punch!

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 4 June 2018

It was a fantastic experience ! Sure be back next time!

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OT
5.0
Dined on 1 June 2018

Great food

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VM
5.0
Dined on 26 May 2018

Extraordinary experience. Highly recommended. Food was wonderfull

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JM
1.0
Dined on 20 May 2018

We booked Engawa on the basis that it is supposed to be one of the few restaurants in the UK that serves Kobe beef. From the great reviews and relatively high prices we imagined that we would be able to expect a fine dining experience however this turned out not to be the case.
The restaurant is very cramped and tables are squashed into a very small area so that when food is served the waitresses have no option but to lean over and in front of you on a constant basis. For the first courses, the starter and the Sashimi, the food looked beautifully presented but flavours and textures just were not that nice. For example dishes included cold fish in salty jelly, mayonnaise pea salad and cold stews of fatty gelatinous meat. The fresh fish was okay but I'm not sure how you can mess up sliced raw fish. The kobe beef was disappointing. It was rather grisly and not the delicacy we were hoping for. Atmosphere-poor, Food-poor, service-not that great and at £300 for 4 people at lunch drinking water it was very poor value.

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OT
4.0
Dined on 19 May 2018

Overall a very nice place to eat out. Can be very crowded and busy, making the service level go down and the waiters loose attention. The kitchen however is superb and occasionally rare sushi pieces can be found.

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M
London
5.0
Dined on 19 May 2018

Good luxury omakase meal. Delicious wagyu steak on hot stone, and nicely presented box of sashimi and salads. The place is small and a bit too cozy but food is great - would come again!

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OT
London
5.0
Dined on 17 May 2018

Without doubt, the best Japanese restaurant in London, the toro and wagyu remarkable.

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L
London
2.0
Dined on 13 May 2018

The food is ok however nothing special. Service is not good at all. Seems like they don't know what they do.

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London
3.0
Dined on 12 May 2018

A little more expensive than I expected. Its prices are at the same level as one Michelin star restaurant. But obviously it is not a Michelin awarded restaurant. Not bad, still worth to have a date.

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T
5.0
Dined on 7 May 2018

We had a lovely dinner with really attentive table service. Even though we opted for the three course tasting menu instead of the five course, we were stuffed to the brim! Would definitely be back for more.

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OT
2.0
Dined on 3 May 2018

Mediocre experience
we took the expensive Omakase menu:
1. appetizers : Sushi and small salads in a box. Some sushis had strange color, like if they had stayed in their box in the fridge fro hours
2. Sushi main dish: sushis in a box. Not really better

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C
Birmingham
4.0
Dined on 1 May 2018

It has gone a bit downhill recently,I’ve been there a few times and it’s been perfect,can’t fault the place.Last time I went the “wagyu”beef from the lunch menu wasn’t good at all,I’ve hadA5 and A4 wagyu in Japan before,this wasn’t even an A2,too much fat.The rest of the meal was good.Portions was small too.

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BT
Glasgow
4.0
Dined on 30 April 2018

It’s my birthday dinner with my friend and family
It’s my friend first time visit but she’s a bit disappointed
She not enjoy her meal
The food absolutely fine but the service
She didn’t even finished her meal , the next course keep coming
She’s rushing to eat
I feel embarrassed about it as well , cos it’s my bday dinner n I’m highly recommended this restaurant to her
We all expect a perfect fine dining but the service really let us down
What we paid for the service charges is for chefs only

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OT
London
4.0
Dined on 27 April 2018

Bentos look great in photos but lack of freshness and wow factors when tasting. The space is packed and the table is too small to display properly. Very so so experience. Will not visit again.

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NK
London
4.0
Dined on 13 April 2018

We had a ‘hakozen bento’ of 14 assorted small dishes, which was beautifully cooked as well as presented. It might be a bit pricy for every day lunch but a good alternative for special occasions such as business lunches etc. I would like to ke to try the tasting menu for the next time.
Only the thing is the music they play was a bit disturbing and I would prefer a complete silence or much quieter as the restaurant itself was quite small and each tables were quite closed each other.

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OT
London
3.0
Dined on 8 April 2018

Great food but terrible service! Servers are rude and impatient. Not impressed.

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CJ
3.0
Dined on 7 April 2018

The food is decent, ok but the service is unbelivably poor this time. The waitors keep staring at you all the time during the lunch...feeling super uncomforatable..also they are in such a hurry to remove your plates. At last, my friend and I asked for a small carrier bag, the manager said no and he made a gesture to the waitress(he thought we didn't see) to tell her not to give us any bag. The waitress in the end gave us an arogant face and said no of course...What a experience...I believe there are many great restsurents in London that I don;t have to go to Engawa any more...

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BM
3.0
Dined on 4 April 2018

The front of House staff were adequate but lacked charm. The box of goodies looked pretty but the sashimi was chilled too much and tasteless the garnishes looked tired as if arrange several hours before lunch the wagu noddles were fine As the group know Japan well expectations may have been too high but this no more than mediocre for Japanese hig enf food in London.

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OD
5.0
Dined on 29 March 2018

very delicious!We both enjoyed it!But it is a little expensive for students…

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F
County Durham
5.0
Dined on 27 March 2018

Great restaurant! I booked for 5 people and at the last minute had an extra guest, the staff were really accommodating of this even though the space is small. We ordered from the a la carte menu and everything we ate was delicious. The meat was perfectly cooked. The highlight was the sea urchin with Toro. The pickled Radish was also divine.

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LR
London
5.0
Dined on 24 March 2018

Superb! 3 course tasting menu was absolutely beautiful (both taste and looks)

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RG
London
3.0
Dined on 23 March 2018

Very overpriced. Good food but not worth the price. Portions were miniscule

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m
4.0
Dined on 20 March 2018

I have a great time with my friend there. The food is really good and the decoration is beautiful.

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