Engawa Restaurant

4.5
369 reviews
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Tasting Menu
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

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: 21 February 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

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

Wagyu Beef Ramen with a Cocktail or Dessert £25

Wagyu Beef with Ramen Noodles. The formula includes one Mocktail/Cocktail or Warabimochi dessert.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 20 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 11 February 2019

Ends: 20 March 2019

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30

What 369 People Are Saying
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BH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious and creative. We would have enjoyed more time between courses to properly enjoy the meal and would have liked slightly more attentive service.

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A
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, with great sushi and sashimi and wagyu. Very small space, so be prepared to make space for the waiters move around. If they recommend a special, be sure you can afford it 😀 They aren't cheap and are not on the menu.

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tasting, authentic food. Incredibly accommodating and friendly staff. We sat at the counter and it was fascinating watching the food be prepared with such expertise.

It is expensive but worth every penny.

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NC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere. Very authentic. What a great place!

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EL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall and excellent Japanese restaurant, in a nice location, with very polite staff and a cosy ambience.
The limited amounts of seats and quiet environment makes it excellent for a date.
The food is very well presented and the quality is high. However, I believe it could benefit from higher consistency. Some of the dishes were spectacular - the rice was perfect and the fried tofu brought my girlfriend back to her childhood memories in Tokyo. Others were a little bit disappointing - the eel was cold and not particularly interesting and the fatty tuna a tad chewy. Yet the main criticism I'd have is the tea, as it was old and more appropriate for a "cheaper restaurant"; the Japanese sencha should have been way better (and I would have been happy to pay more for that).
Overall, it's a good high end Japanese restaurant and I'd happily recommend going, but I wouldn't call it my favourite in London.

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food tasted really great and look amazing but was expected something a little more special from Omakase menu. Wagyu beef was really nice and tasty. Staffs were very attentive however we felt rushed as the plates were taken away as soon as I picked up my last piece of sushi even though the restaurant wasn’t full. Overall, great experience.

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KA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It small and tight but amazing. definietly in Londons top 10 Japaneese.

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JK
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Spent a good money there and was rushed to finish each course. Felt like I was eating at a market. Disgusting toilet. Some of the food were amazing but some, like rice bowl with Kobe beef and an identifiable miso soup were horrific.

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A
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a superb dining experience at Engawa.. which I booked for my husband’s birthday. The staff are really friendly and accommodating.. The chef even greeted us.. The food was fantastic.. really met our expectations.. especially the famous wagyu beef. It was presented nicely and we ate it all..The staff even explained what we are having..Some review said it’s pricey but it’s worth every bite.. I ordered the wagyu beef ramen and dessert (£25) while my husband had the 3 course meal with wagyu steak (£65). They also served us with an udon soup to start with which wasn’t included in our orders.. We tried the sake..and their bottomless tea, too! (In total we paid £120).The manager came out before we end our meal and gave us a complimentary drink (Mio) really nice and refreshing.. and greeted my husband a happy birthday then here comes this tiny cake with a candle.. It really made his birthday memorable..
Thank you so much, Engawa!

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

Great atmosphere

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DZ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fav authentic Japanese spot in London. Good value, attentive service, absolutely amazing ingredients. Worth coming back.

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BL
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I visited Engawa Restaurant on 16/2/19, and had a really wonderful evening. Our waiter was courteous, enthusiastic and clearly very knowledgable about the food and drink pairings, and the food was impeccable - I highly recommend the 5 course set menu!

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Well presented good quality food. However not worth the asking price. Have eaten better Sushi in London at half the cost.

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F
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Everything was great although I wish you could order separate lunch items in addition to the set menu. I would order the corn/kabocha squash croquettes by the bucketful....it’s delicious. My one criticism is that each course comes within seconds of each other. It would be nice if they paced the courses so that you could actually enjoy your meal without feeling you’re eating nonstop or being rushed. Also, the waitstaff should refrain from clearing empty plates if some people in the party are still eating. I find it bad form for the conversation or your dining experience to constantly be interrupted by hands/arms reaching across the table to clear empty plates. Just wait until everyone is finished eating and do it all at once. Despite that, I would recommend the restaurant without hesitation.

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C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was incredible, and there is a lot of food for the £65 set menu, and really delicious. The wagyu steak was beautiful, and a nice setting. As others have said, it was a bit rushed towards the end of the evening, but we had a late table (9.15) so we were nearly the last people in the restaurant... If I went again i'd get an earlier table to avoid that situation.

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LK
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant with authentic Japanese flavours and ingredients. The service was swift and efficient. The staff was very friendly and they even took time to ask us our opinion on each of the items we ate. The restaurant has clean interiors and its small size provides an intimate dining experience.

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D
Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Das Engawa hat eine Exzellente Karte. Das Ambiente und die Servicekräfte waren super! Die offene Küche empfand ich als toll und trotz der arbeitenden Köche kam keine Unruhe ins Restaurant.
Ein super Abend!

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

Had the 5 course Omakase, great experience overall and amazing food.

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ST
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good service and calm, organised kitchen. Please keep it up!

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London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Really nice experience but they brought us (and made us pay) a non requested second glass of Japanese whisky.
That was unfare because we thought it was an offered glass.

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London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner! I highly recommend.

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CR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A small restaurant but what a wonderful surprise. The meal was excellent!

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We had high expectations for this place as we are in love with Japan and its food.

However it was severely overpriced for what it was, the smallest portions of food I have experienced for a very long time, and people were uncomfortably jammed into their seats.

Although we paid nearly £250 for dinner for two, we ended up going to Chinatown afterwards for some crispy duck, it was maybe the most disappointing meal I have ever had.

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CW
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

the restaurant is tiny and very expensive - we were having a pre-theatre dinner and it was £150 without any drinks, which was not worth it! I should have done more research...Plus the size of the restaurant means someone is banging into the back of your chair very frequently which is annoying when you are trying to enjoy clearly premium food.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to eat, a must for any steak or sushi lovers

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Diablical service and attitude. The staff cleared the tables before everyone finished eating making everything very rushed. Drinks and water arrived after the first course was already set on the table. We came to Celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday and on booking and telephone confirmation a little birthday note and candle surprise with the dessert course was organised. Not only did they forget despite the double confirmation, when queried on the night the manager simply shrugged his shoulders and said ‘oh it was missed’. No apology or attempt to correct this was made. A glass of champagne was eventually offered but I did not take it as he completely missed the point. Food was decent as expected with this price tag but after this service there is no chance the experience would be good. I highly recommend against this place.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

The service location and ambience is good but the food is ok.

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

Very nice service and top food

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London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall experience is good.

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a great time, the sushi was amazing. I would say was worth the money. Counter seat gave an authentic Japanese experience. Would definitely go again and recommend.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I like the bento box

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DL
London
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We appreciate the great care taken to provide a very special Christmas menu and experience for all of our family.

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KR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As a Japanese, the food was very authentic and enjoyed the great presentation. A bit pricey side but for an occasion I would definitely repeat again and again.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very impolite welcome - was told to liberate my place in 1 hour! The kitchen was very fast, I was already out in 18 minutes (starter and Entree).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nice food and outstanding services

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Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Our waiter was very rude

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London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here is absolutely great! Love the Sashimi and the steak. The location in the Ham Yard is central and the environment is fabulous. The only thing I think could be improved is the service(but the service is also outstanding, I might just being picky), we were almost finished with our bottle of sparkling water as well as our meal, and I just didn’t like sparkling water that’s why I gave mine to my boyfriend, but the waiter came over and asked

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h
London
18 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food especially the beef, beautifully presented and served and we had a great time but the restaurant is very small so if you are a large group then be aware.

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SK
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It's good overall, but the chefs are stressed and I wasn't comfortable during lunch time.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t have asked for more, the food is amazing!

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