Engawa Restaurant

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Japanese
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.

Special Offers

Omakase 5 Course £85 / Omakase 3 Course £65

5 Course: Appetiser, Sashimi, Chef’s special dish of the day, Main (Steak or Sushi), Dessert. 3 Course: Appetiser, Sashimi, Main (Steak or Sushi). . If any changes/cancel the booking, please contact venue 24 hours prior to your reservation date, otherwise £25 pp cancellation fee will apply. Please contact venue for food allergies/ intolerances requirement.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 5 November 2019

Ends: 31 January 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:30 18:00-21:30
Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 18:00-22:30

Business Lunch: Omakase 2 course menu with drink pairing at £55 pp

A selection of sashimi & vegetable box, and Main as choice of Japanese wagyu steak or 9 assorted selection of sushi with drink pairing.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 16 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 16 people

Starts: 5 November 2019

Ends: 31 January 2020

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:00

Christmas Kobe Beef Tasting Menu: £235

Advance booking is required. Full payment of £235 per person is required on or after 1st December. No refund of cancellation/reduction in number of guests after 1st December. Please notify restaurant in advance for any allergies.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 21 December 2019

Ends: 24 December 2019

Availability: Sun-Mon 18:00-20:30
Tue 12:00-12:00
Sat 18:00-20:30

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun - Thu 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 2:30PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:30PM 6:00PM - 8:00PM

What 460 People Are Saying
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Calgary
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and presentation were amazing. Staff super friendly! Will be back.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Engawa was a first class omakase experience. The fish and accompanying food were fresh and tasty, and the service impeccable. Highly recommend the sake pairing suggestions!

X
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is best in London. Absolutely brilliant. All dishes are prepared and presented with utmost care. I am blown away by the attention to details. Sitting is an issue though. You will bump into the customer sitting next table or the server going around. However recommended for the top quality dishes.

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Expensive restaurant but amazing food and service. They pay attention to every details.

JB
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely fantastic. The presentation made it feel like a real experience rather than just going out for food, and the staff were very pleasant. Also, very understanding that two of our party were delayed due to incidents earlier in the day.

C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall2food5service3ambience4

It was the second time I went to Engawa, this time with guests, after a good experience I had had in the past, when I had ordered the menu for £85 pounds and left thinking that (for the first time) food was both substantial in quantity and amazing in quality.

Imagine my and my guests’ surprise (disappointment, rather) when - ordering the meat - they received 5 STAMP-SIZED (literally), thin slices of meat for the cost of £40 pounds. Nothing added to the dish. Literally 5 slices, 1 inch x 1 inch big.
We left hungry and disappointed.
The service was distracted and vague. They should have clarified what we were going to receive ordering that Waygu beef dish and possibly recommend the menu. We ended up spending as much as if ordering a menu of 85 £ each and felt disappointed.

C
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious quality Japanese food, beautiful presentation and great service.

LH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful introduction to Japanese cuisine. The restaurant was small but comfortable and the food was delicious

A
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I seldom write a review for a restaurant. But the experience that I had here was so bad that I think I have to share with more people. We ordered the omakase 3 course meals for dinner. Because it was omakase, we didn' t know what were in the meal until the food arrived. There was crab in the starter. I have allergy to crab. We then told the same staff who seemed the manager there. She replied, "I asked if you have any allergy and you said no!". She then went away without changing my starter. In fact, she did NOT ask if we have any allergy when we ordered.

Also, we asked for recommendation of sake. We told the manager that we didn't want to go for the wine/sake pairing because it would be too much for us. We asked if she can recommend a bottle of sake to match the wagyu steak. She kept saying if we chose the sake pairing, we would not need to pick one ourselves. We repeated the question again but she insisted the sake pairing without giving us any suggestion of sake to match with the wagyu steak. We were fed up and decided not having any sake/wine at all.

The food was ok but a bit overpriced. The other waiter who served us was also nice. But this manager is very rude. This is even worse than the quality of service that I would expect for a £10 meal! If you want a HAPPY meal, my very sincere advice is don't go there! It will ruin your mood.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

ロンドンのお店としてはコスパが大変良いです。
とても美味しい料理がリーズナブル!
また行かせて頂きます。

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CG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the food - the fish selection is great, flavoursome and delicious

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sushi was decent, Wagu was awesome. Don't think the matching drinks were worth the expense.

a
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The counter top seats were uncomfortable, our back got touched when the server passed by us. Order the sake wine pairing, the waiter had very limited knowledge on the origin and the characteristics of each sake served. We had to ask for the bottle to know what we were drinking. Overall, the quality of the food and sake were good but a little disappointed.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food was very good but not the experience. One of the receptionists kept rushing me and my friend to finish our courses.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sashimi is really good, love it

RD
London
19 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Engawa was extremely expensive and also an absolute bargain. The sashimi was a showpiece. It came in a wooden tray with fifteen compartments, and in each compartment was a unique and beautiful pottery dish containing an exquisite morsel of something utterly delicious. It was one of the most wonderful things I've ever seen (and tasted) in a restaurant.. until the Kobe beef turned up. Once again, this was gorgeously presented, and the meat was off-the-charts sensational. I'd never tasted Kobe beef before, and all I can say is: believe the hype. I've never, ever encountered such tender, succulent, juicy and deeply flavoured beef. It was quite simply the steak of a lifetime.

Service was unfailingly friendly and nicely paced but, be warned, Engawa's dining area is narrow and properly tiny, so you may struggle to get a table (or even a stool at the bar) where you are not jostled by other diners. But any minor discomfort is utterly outweighed by the gastonomic delight on offer. It's certainly some of the best - possibly THE best - Japanese food in London. Very warmly recommended indeed.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

The foods were good but would expect that for the price I paid. Hot sake and miso soup were serviced just about warm .. I had to ask the sake to be warmed again.
they use huge bowls and plates to look nice but the table is tiny and cheap. The bench and chairs were cheap and uncomfortable. We were squeezed at the corner. Between the each table is so tight. The ambiance was poor and don’t expect that in expensive restaurants.
We were also right by the sliding door which leads to bins where waiters go in and out constantly to get rid of leftover foods.
I booked a table for a very special occasion but unfortunately I will not do that again.
We were only ok because the foods were quite good.
Please improve customers comfort and atmosphere rather than just jam pack as many customers as possible in a small space to optimise the profit.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Service was off, I asked which cut the wagyu beef was she said “it’s waygu” I said yes but is it a rib eye, sirloin, etc, she said let me check then returned to tell me it was “waygu”!

Waygu is the Japanese cow, I want to know which cut of the cow I’m paying for. Training is needed!

Overall service was not attentive, food was average.

DK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant that captures the traditional Japanese food culture brilliantly. The food was beyond excellent, my only hesitance was the price which doesn't quite justify itself.

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had our first omakase experience for my husband’s birthday and loved it! The sashimi was fresh and the wagyu beef is as we remembered in Japan. The service was good and the waiter had good humour, thank you! :))

MD
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was a bit slow and it took a while for food order. Overall the food was nice

k
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

(Mostly) pre-prepared "omakase" - nonsense in my view... Plastic cutting boards etc. Not good.

SP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambience and service and decor were great. The food was good but WAY too sugary so not traditionally Japanese. Very expensive. A disappointment

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food: Wonderful
Service:They made a mistake so i can’t say is Perfect
Value: Expensive but totally worth it

OT
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Completely overrated restaurant. We went for dinner and it couldn’t be more disappointing. Small dishes and expensive

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Well presented food

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service👍👍👍

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MK
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

The restaurant is serving good food but we were so cramped that we couldn’t enjoy it as everyone was clambering over us with foo, drinks etc. Very expensive for such a cramped space.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Service was okay, but the food quality was appalling. We had the 3 set omakase. When we had the sashimi and sushi, the seafood and rice were all dry, hard and stale with minimum flavour. Realistically, if I had known the taste was so poor, I would never have booked this place for a birthday date with my girlfriend. To put it bluntly, I have had better quality fish from sushimania and I only had to pay £20 per person. I will definitely not recommend this place to anyone who is looking for a japanese restaurant in soho london as it wasn’t good value for money.

k
London
7 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was very thoughtful of them to put us at a table. They made my mom’s birthday really special with a little dessert. The presentation of the food was spectacular. I would eat the gorgeous little dishes too if I could. Fish was superb and the appetiser was delicate. Pity about the wagyu sushi. The mayo and Parmesan robbed the shine of the wagyu. Wagyu fat is delicate and fragrant and that was masked by all the cheaper fats that was stacked on top. If you want to add so much extra stuff, you could make the same dish with rib-eye and be as appetising.

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Japanese food, with a hint of fusion. Very light but very filling (3 courses).

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Was hoping for a much better sushi experience. Not very elaborated- nigiris were just pretty much the same as the sashimi - plus the sushi rice; lacking flavour and creativity. Have experienced a lot of omakase in London and abroad and disappointed overall. Staff was very friendly, attentive and professional and cocktails were very good. Unfortunately would probably not repeat.

M
London
13 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service!

BW
Kent
11 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, great location would definitely go back again

L
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch as a birthday treat for my son and his girlfriend, who said it was the best meal she had ever had. Strongly recommend Omakase 3 course. Helpful waiter, and chefs evidently take pleasure in creating great looking and delicious food

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Layout is very beautiful for the omakase
Quite a safe fish selection, although something a bit more exotic would be also interesting.
Overall fish quality is as expected with price point.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as usual

i
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

expected better sushi, presentation was better than the food itself. best dish - eda mame :( expensive for what you get.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The staff had come suddenly while we didn’t finish the food.. Not be happy with that..

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I did not enjoy what I ordered. I ordered Bento box with 14 items in a box. Some of them are duplicated and poor quality.