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Engawa Restaurant

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523 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
Engawa Restaurant is located within the prestigious Ham Yard Hotel, offering a fusion yet traditional Japanese cuisine for Wagyu and sushi 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 523 People Are Saying
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MayaB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Engawa for my boyfriend's birthday to surprise him with authentic Japanese beef. Went for the Omakase 3 course and it was the best Japanese food experience ever! Such an array of different flavors and the beef was amazing and presented beautifully! I wish there was more of the Wagyu beef! It is on the expensive side but you definitely get your money's worth of food, set in a beautiful location, Engawa is perfect for a special occasion!

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jpsw
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent location in the heart of soho and joyful high quality and innovative japanese cuisine . I'll return

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Louise
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here to celebrate my husband’s birthday and was very impressed. Engawa shows the same attention to detail that we experienced from our numerous visits to Japan.

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Tzesy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun experience. Food was very good, feels like I am in Japan

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SaraC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our 3 course omakase, especially loved the waygu and cod - literally melted in our mouths.

Loved everything about the restaurant other than the fact that there’s a table right outside of the washroom. We’re really grateful that we’re not sitting at that table but felt incredibly bad for those who did.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing as usual. First trip back since lockdown!

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AlessioF
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice Birthday dinner. Professional service, great food and drink, nice ambient

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JacquesC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and excellent food.

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RXXA
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great way to end lockdown.
Excellent dishes.
Tecquila plum wine margarita-Lovely.

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Carole
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Loved it and will definitely come back!

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MaddieK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, delicious food that was very well presented with a few surprises. Lots of information and knowledge of food and saké. Highly recommend!

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KylaF
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great however they can not accommodate for any allergies or intolerances as they “like to serve the dishes as is” which is surprising given that everything is made fresh & basically in front of you - they would definitely be able to accommodate however just refuse to. Other than that the tables are slightly too small for the amount of food on the table! But the food and waitress were amazing.

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Rebecca
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitstaff was very accommodating-- we were running late for our reservation and it was no problem at all. The food was amazing and when they found out it was for a birthday, they brought out mini cakes with candles. It was delicious! I would definitely recommend Engawa to anyone looking into going. The tasting menu was great and worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything ok!!!!....a great time!!! We love it

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Tigger2020
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The worst Japanese food experience in London I've ever had.
It is not authentic Japanese food at all - if anyone gives this restaurant 4-5 star - they clearly have no idea what Japanese traditional food should be.
To be honest, I would've been ok to pay for the meals if it was £15-20 per person but we ended up paying £122 (incl. 12.5 service charge) for two persons. The owner of this restaurant seriously needs to consider what is value vs. quality because they haven't got the balance right at all.
As Japanese person, living in London, I genuinely feel embarrassed that the British people believe this is Japanese food because it is not.

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MaxH
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Unfortunately we were disappointed with both the service and the food at Engawa, which result in an overall very disappointing value for money. Of course, the dishes were well prepared and the flavours went well together (we had the 7 course Omakase), but none of it stood out in a particular way (which you would expect for this price). The quality of fish didn't seem better than at most other restaurants and some of it was badly done (especially the cod seemed dry, and fried salmon in a bland soup defeats the point of frying it, as the crispy parts get soggy within seconds).

The service was rushed, the waitress placed the napkins on our laps (which should still be the client's choice) and the second a glass was empty someone rushed over to ask for a refill. 2-3 waiters stood behind us during the entire night, staring at our plates which was very attentive but didn't leave any space for a personal experience.

We learnt our lesson - good ingredients don't make a good restaurant. We will not come back.

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vipVictoriacu
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best Japanese restaurant I have tried in London. Service amazing, the menu at £65 was exactly what you need to discover the restaurant menu

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vipGuillaume
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our second time here and very good again. The otoro and uni crepe is absolutely delicious, a must if you like fatty tuna. Not cheap by any means but well worth the price considering the premium ingredients used. We mixed a la carte and omokase menu to try a variety of dishes, everything was delicious. Service was friendly but as space is limited every time a waiter passed they brushed our backs without acknowledgement, until the very end after a particularly hard bump when we had the bill. We had our chairs pushed in as much as we possibly could and we are both slim. For the prices charged they should really be more mindful of this and pass more discreetly even if it takes a little more care and manoeuvring. Otherwise a very enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Very poor combination of quality vs value. Overpriced food, average quality of food, limited choice of food in the menu. Though staff are friendly and helpful. Space is very tight and it gives the feeling of restriction

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the team : )

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AndreaP
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am already planning another visit to this lovely place. It was a great experience :)

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very thoughtful birthday celebration which was delicious. Food was great and plentiful. #noregretsspendingthatmuchmoneyformybaby

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Iceman
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the few authentic feeling Japanese restaurants in London.

On the higher end of the price range. But totally worth it for the quality and service. Need to book ahead if you want to get a table. Been a couple of times already and will return again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed my second visit very much, would love to return

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Evho
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant authentic Japanese experience. The lunch menu is extremely good value (in the context of an expensive artisanal Japanese meal). Thoroughly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday with my mom, it was such a nice experience :) food was so amazing

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YONGSHANY
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place and worth the price!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Lovely service and stunning food

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vipHynde
London
14 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good Japanese restaurant! Food was fine and well presented. The service was impeccable. Highly recommended!

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MLTTran
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining at Engawa last night and it was such a lovely evening. Upon arrival we were greeted, coats taken to the cloak room and seated at our reserved table. Our waiter was very attentive and took the time to explain the menu to us. We decided to go for the omasake 5 course meal. Every course was delicious and well thought out. Presentation was beautiful. Especially enjoyed the 11 assorted sashimi and veg selection and dessert. The staff were aware of the comment left on the booking that this was a birthday celebration and brought out a dessert platter with candles and 'happy birthday' written in chocolate. Overall, can not fault the service or food quality. The price is worth it. A very memorable experience. I would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Wagyu was very good but literally just a taste. very small selection of Wagyu dishes. Crazy expensive.

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neilharbi
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We booked a table for a quick lunch, having read the excellent reviews of the restaurant. We weren’t disappointed. The food was great and it was presented beautifully in wooden bento boxes. I loved the wagyu beef; it was exceptionally tender and delicious. The sashimi was very fresh. Service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing

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JulietI
London
1 review
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic introduction to Japanese food. We ordered the three course tasting menu, we were not disappointed it was amazing. The wagu beef was like butter. Staff were helpful and friendly without being intrusive. Loved the open kitchen and watching the sushi chef at work. Go, you’ll love it!

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vipFreak77
Central Coast
24 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was great. Service a bit lackadaisical for the price.

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BosseO
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, beautifully presented. Great location.

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StephenBeard
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful restaurant with stunning food. I particularity appreciated how understated it was inside, without an air of pretension at all for a restaurant of its calibre.

The staff were fantastic, and described every dish served and knowledgeably answered questions about them too.

My partner and I had the Omakase 5 course at 12:00 because it was their birthday, and it was the only time convenient because we live in the North West and had a train home booked in the early evening.

The whole thing is a culinary adventure, and I can not recommend this restaurant enough if you appreciate Japanese cuisine and sushi. Every dish we had was a deliberate and crafted experience and left us asking "how does that work so good!"

The only criticism I can think of is that we turned up at 11:45 and were told to wait outside for 10 mins as they don't open until 12... For me that was a bit off. I'd expect a restaurant like this to be prepared for people turning up early. It was slightly awkward just milling around outside for 10 minutes when we'd already walked in.

Regardless, my partner and I are sure to return and explore more of the menu.

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Stella
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had their Omakase 3 Courses menu at £65pp which we thought it was good value, considering it includes the sashimi selection and wagyu steak which already exceeded this price. We were full afterwards that we couldn't finish the side dishes. Most dishes were beautifully presented, very tasty and well-portioned (except for the tempura which was greasy and the no-miso miso soup). However, the toro and wagyu were not top of the range, while they are tender and fresh, they lacked flavours.

The service was very friendly and efficient, but I feel they need a little more attention to detail for an upmarket Japanese restaurant. They do not inform the customers of sushi & sashimi etiquette (e.g. don't mix the wasabi into the soy sauce and eat white fish then darker fish etc). I guess they want to keep it casual and it's not essential, but it would be nice to know they have that knowledge. The restaurant is very small so the tables are very close together and very small for their signature boxes, which I understand they can't do much about that. Hopefully, they will have the budget/intention to move to a bigger site soon to elevate the dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

They rushed us out way too fast

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yttastes
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a very small and unique restaurant where the only real way to experience the food is to go Omakase. They offer a 3 or 5 course omkase of which I opted for the 5 course on this occasion. Don't let the size of the plates fool you, the meal will be delicate but very substantial! I love their small plates offering which comes in a box, 12 small dishes with 3 different sauces (see photo). I chose the waygu beef with vegetables and rice as my main. As the restaurant is small, it would not suit large groups, however, it is a great place to enjoy a leisurely meal over a good conversation.

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vipEojK
Glasgow
10 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was overall very good, but the chefs special course was poor. The staff weren’t rude, but fairly disinterested, we had our courses sat in front of us but no explanations - when the starter has 11 items, it might be nice to know what they are.

FAQs

Engawa Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Engawa Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7287 5724.

Engawa Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 523 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.