Engawa Restaurant

4.5
422 reviews
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Japanese
Chef Akira Shimizu Kobe Beef Tasting Menu will only be available from 7th October - 9th October this year (dinner only).
7 course menu with a glass of complementary drink £300 per person. All reservation must be made by phone. Deposit payment of the menu is required in advance booking.

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.

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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 422 People Are Saying
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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing as usual

i
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

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

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

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.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

The food used to be amazing. Now it’s inedible. Staff was absolutely not happy to hear feedback. Very disappointed experience. What a shame.

OT
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Love the Hide - great experience every time !

J
London
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food is great as always. However really poor service from staffs! Feel like they are rushing you out of the restaurant despite there are still quite a few empty tables.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The place looks good, the food was good.
Thanks for the meal.

YK
London
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

I went to Engawa for anniversary with my boyfriend. We had omakase menu(3 courses) and it's absolutely overpriced. Although I understand that Japanese fine dining is expensive in London, it could be much better. Quality of fish for sushi and sashimi was poor. Also, customer service wasn't great. Staffs were kind, but a guy who served food even didn't know about food very well. It must be improved since it's a fine dining restaurant. Furthermore, they forgot to give my jacket back so we had to go back to get my jacket back. It's also my fault, but they should've asked us if we kept clothes before we left the place. It's too overrated and overpriced.

AP
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Had the most amazing experience at Engawa. Food and service were perfect! The only downfall was a couple sat behind us who were extremely rude to the staff at the restaurant. Although fairly expensive, it was worth every penny! Will definitely come back

SC
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A cozy restaurant with spendid service minded personnel. The expectations were high on the food and Engawa lived up to it! We also had the luck to try the kama toro which was amazing! The Hida meat is a must if they are out of Kobe. The drink pairing to the omakase 5 course were on point as well. We could not have asked for a better restaurant experiance!

PS
London
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very expensive but worth it for a special treat. Loved the imagination of the food and presentation and loved the care in the service.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I booked a table for two via OpenTable one month in advance to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. We chose the 5 course meal, and could not be happier. The service was incredible, punctual and with a perfect wait between one course and the other. Ionela was our waitress and she literally took care of us, explaining us every single plate in detail and precisely and giving us advice. We came for the Wagyu beef but little did we know about the outstanding experience we would have had, because the meal is specifically designed to be a proper journey through the flavours.
The whole staff is amazing and professional: they also lit up candles on the dessert to celebrate my boyfriend and it was very much appreciated. I would have paid 100£ more for the experience we had. I strongly recommend it to people who love food and are curios and willing to try new, surprising tastes.

B
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is truly spectacular and the service is impeccable. The seating is very small and quite cramped inside, but it doesn't really matter when what you're eating is so good! There could also be a few more vegetarian friendly options as part of the set menu. However, overall it's stunning. Definitely recommended!

H
Frankfurt Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very aesthetic box of food and great taste even for a Japanese person. Service could’ve been better though.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic first time Sushi

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the 5 Course Omakase option, definitely the best choice, such variety and all very delicious.

LF
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

CC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, what a tasty meal of food. Very nice for me and my group of family. Yes please for more!

V
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Hida Beef sashimi is really good. The taste of it is very amazingly soft.
The Bento Box is made so delicately and the taste is also very good.

z
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Eating with a beautiful girl, all great but wondering what wagyu looks like

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food - we had the special sashimi platter and it was spectacular. Highly recommended

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food overall was great especially the waygu beef. Staff were friendly. It was for our anniversary the restaurant had prepared a dessert for us. It was really lovely. Would highly recommend.

N
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

Food was amazing, unfortunately the service unflexibel and requests like changing the table (even so we were the only ones) or reducing the air conditioning (which was pointing to our table) could not be accommodated. Even with our jackets on we still were freezing, what a shame.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for the anniversary with my girlfriend. Since the entrance to the restaurant the staff have been super welcoming and ready to help in all the way possible.
Drinks, food and service were outstanding. The chefs as well were super helpful and they help me too with my request for a anniversary dessert.
Had one of the best night ever! Super recommend 👌🏼

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My wife and I visited the abbey road crossing. I noticed a French resturant near by and booked a dinner reservation. I have to say this was one of the best cookings I had for a long time. The reason why is that they choose the fresh ingredient and ripe it at the appropriate time, for example the tomato salad. The food presentation is very artistic. The background music and the wine were romantic. It is a very small place. So you feel like you are getting personal attention from the waitress. We enjoyed it very much.

O
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and excellent service. One if the few places in london where I will eat raw fish knowing that is fresh.
Overall restaurant is elegant and spotless clean.
One bad note is that the restaurant is tiny and tables are very close to each other meaning less privacy but again food is delicious

S
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious and despite the seemingly petite portions, I left full and satisfied with the food we ate on the 5-course omakase. The noise that trickles through from outside reduced the ambience somewhat, but otherwise we really enjoyed sitting at the counter, which was our preferred choice, watching the chefs cook. Although, other than the Kobe which was cooked in front of us, most of the other courses were prepared e.g. soups. Although the soup course for the chef's special was delicious, it didn't seem 'special' at all. I loved the presentation of the sashimi and the vegetables were marinated to perfection! And of course, the Kobe beef left us speechless!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good but too expensive. The bill didn’t reflect the value of the dining experience. Service was very good

DA
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I went for my partners birthday and we both left happy customers. The dishes were visually, a work of art and they all tasted excellent. We would definitely return & recommend to others.

We had the 5 course omakase:

First Course - was finely sliced sashimi amongst a finely shredded salad containing orange zest and pomegranate. Light and fresh - perfect to start the meal

Second Course - This course and the Wagyu is why you should visit. The sashimi box was beautifully presented and tasted as good as it looked. The variety of textures and flavours of all the different dishes makes the eating fun and enjoyable for your palate.

Third Course - This was a hot soup. Although tasty - being summer at the time of visit it didn't feel like it complemented the other courses - and maybe something that would have been better during the autumn/winter.

Fourth Course - The main attraction - the Wagyu, tasted incredible. The meat was fatty and soft, but the high heat meant it had a nice char on the outside. The accompaniments also tasted good. The rice was a form of gyudon and the salad was nice and fresh. Only small nitpick was there was a small soup with it which felt a bit random as it tasted like a very rich gazpacho soup.

Fifth Course - The Dessert was rich and tasty - consisted of cheesecake and fruit, so you can't go wrong there. Also came with a green tea white chocolate sauce which (whilst very rich) tasted great - and I don't usually enjoy matcha flavoured food.

One thing to note is the restaurant is tiny and space is a bit cramped so that may put you off - but being in Soho, space is always a premium. Next time I visit I would probably opt for a counter top seat and watch the chefs work their magic.

Overall, definitely worth a visit - the two items you come here for, the Wagyu and Sushi/Sashimi boxes ticked all the boxes.

DP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was very nice food of high quality but the portions were very small. I was still hungry when I left after a 3 course meal.

We were served on a 9.45 seating so the restaurant was very quiet. I Was always under the impression that they just wanted us to leave.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Food quality was very poor comparing to other Japanese restaurants
For this amount of money other high end restaurants can offer much better food
Big NO!!!

SD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

This is the place if you want Kobe beef however I did feel rushed as they wanted the table. There was no gap in-between courses and the 5 course menu was done in a little over an hour.

The food was beautifully presented and the beef was out of this world.

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening...exquisite food and attention to detail. Worth the price tag!

t
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect birthday dinner :) we had the Omakase course. Thank you!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have been here for a few times. Great sashimi quality as usual. Would like to see some variety to the menu if possible. Probably some variations on wagyu beef.

EH
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service as usual.
The tuna cheek was splendid!
A little cramped as this is a small restaurant, and the next table to us was a bit loud for no reason... the but the food and services always makes up for it!
Highly recommended is you love sushi and good Japanese food.
A good spot for planned catch ups, or special occasions.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Had a great birthday here with my besties!*
The food is absolutely devine. Satisfied with every course.
Thanks to our sweet sweet engawa stuff!!! me n my friends can stop laughing enough when we saw the way they present my birthday cake!!! —
-My friend accidentally left her sweet potato snacks inside the cake box,(as they may thought is apart of the cake) and they nicely cut them in to diamond shape n decorated on top of the cake for me !!! Its superr cute n thank u so much for this extra special dinning experience.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

very small restaurant with excellent food and service

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