Engawa Restaurant

4.5
301 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
  • 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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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

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: 31 July 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

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

Business Meal Offer: Omakase 3 Course with a glass of wine or sake £65

3 Course: Appetiser, Sashimi, Main (Steak or Sushi). If any changes/cancel the booking, please contact us 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: 31 July 2018

Ends: 30 September 2018

Availability: Mon-Fri 12:00-15:00

What 301 People Are Saying
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CW
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly tasty dinner. Lots of food. Allover a very nice experience.

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SB
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Overall really good restaurant, but it was slightly subdued when one of the senior waitstaff, reprimanded the kitchen staff in front of us. Food was great, we enjoyed sitting at the counter, and the sushi is very fresh and more authentic than some places in London.

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YA
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I ordered a table for 22:00. I was never told that the kitchen was closed very close to this hour. The waitress forgot my dish. Overall the expectation was great and the disappointment was even greater

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AG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant. Excellent foods which was beautifully presented.

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LG
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Beautiful food beautifully crafted.

The size of the restaurant detracts from the experience, as service more often than not has to be passed over the heads of diners and tables are so tight you can’t cross your legs.

A very reassuring price tag overall so you need deep pockets, though food and cocktails were exquisitely presented & tasted good.

Personally not convinced by the chef’s special but should have checked before we ordered the 5 course menu, though the chef’s compliment appetiser was delicious.

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

The atmosphere and the food were amazing. Overall experience is not that great since it is incompatible with the restaurant reputation. I asked for a dining table since it’s my boyfriend’s birthday, went to the restaurant, the waitress asked me that she has reserved a counter table for me?! After awhile, she sat us down on the dining table which was fine. Since it’s a fine dining place, I asked for the birthday “service” which most restaurants do and I saw they do it earlier for the table next to us. But unfortunately, I was waiting, we asked for the bill and they “skip” us somehow. So I can say that either the restaurant did not go “above and beyond” with their service or writing special request here on this app is total useless.

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AW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

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JC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service was fitting of a Japanese restaurant in London (if you have ever been to Japan you'll understand that the customer service is second to none).

Food was fantastic and the chef was very accommodating when it came to any food allergies and not cross contaminating anything.

Would highly recommend this place if you're a fan of good sushi and sometimes struggle to find it in London. Not the cheapest but worth every penny.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was probably the best meal that I have ever had in London. Everything was truly exceptional. I highly recommend Engawa.

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PN
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We lived in japan for 12 years and had Japanese people in the group so are tough critics who had high expectations. Service was really good and a welcoming atmosphere. Restaurant is very small with limited privacy. Food is well presented for a Japanese restaurant in London but nowhere near Japanese levels. It is tasty but way over priced for what you get. The fish is quite fresh and Wagyu is tasty. There are some twists on the dishes such as use of kimichi which a traditional Japanese restaurant would never do. Not that they don’t work but this is a well thought out restaurant trying to be Japanese but not quite making it on the smaller touches.

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Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fresh, the service is good, and i will come again.

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TZ
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was amazing! Loved their food and service was very professional!

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LG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm not an expert about details but the experience we had overall was amazing. Food, staff, presentation, everything was great and on point for our anniversary. In line with the high-end standards of London restaurants you can't go wrong if you're looking to have a great time.

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s
London
6 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had the Omakase menu and we enjoyed it to the fullest. The presentation was sophisticated and the taste very good. The fish selection of the sashimi was a bit limited but this is a fact you have to face outside of Japan. The tomato in dashi was excellent as well as the beef.

The service was attentive and friendly. The only thing that bothered me a bit was the fact that the individual courses were served very quickly one behind the other. Next time, I'll just mention it.

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BR
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing dining experience. The food is out of this world and wagyu beef is just divine. We celebrated a special occasion and they treated us to couple of special things like sparkling sake on arrival and congratulations written dessert plate. Loved it. Will definitely be back again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It’s a very very tiny place, where even the meals have little space on the small tables and it’s very crowded and loud - but it’s all worth it just to experience the absolutely amazing food and the very friendly and attentive service. It was a lovely and fun evening with very good food and drinks.

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FG
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. We went for omakase and it was amazing. Would recommend for a special occasion.

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I
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Unique bento box. Fresh ingredients

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NW
London
62 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love love love Engawa. Being Japanese, there aren't many Japanese restaurants in London that impress me. But this one certainly does, and that's why I've been going back there fairly frequently. Three-course wagyu course may seem small, but trust me it's so filling I always struggle to have a dessert. Very decent price for the quality of food and I like Engawa more than chef Akira's newer address which is in Japan House. I definitely recommend this place!

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FD
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is very tiny restaurant, open kitchen
Food is very average and definitely not value for the money at all. Nothing special
Staffs however are nice and friendly

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G
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fresh ingredients good tasting menu... will be back to try the diner soon!

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LG
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What an amazing dinner! We had the 5 course menu and it was extremely generous - I had no chance of eating it all (luckily my husband helped finish off mine!) The sushi was delicious, a huge amount of variety, and beautifully displayed. And the wagyu beef was a real highlight, prepared and cooked to perfection, a must-have. The variety across the meal was quite unbelievable, you will certainly come away feeling like you've had an indulgent evening!

I would recommend sitting at the bar to watch the chefs - they're clearly very talented and it was really interesting. The tables give a more intimate romantic setting though if that's what you're after.

I would absolutely recommend it. Thank you Engawa!

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GM
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

An authentic and nice experience! The tasting menu was wonderful.

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CP
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Was so lovely to experience amazing service! I don't usually do reviews but felt engawa needed one. I'm a nut and seed allergy sufferer and vegetarian but they really did everything they could to provide me with the best food and I was definitely full by the end! They even gave us a complimentary soup and edamame beans! Would definitely revisit

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WK
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

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
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

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
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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HE
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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 review
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

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 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

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

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food looks good but it does not taste like thar

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JC
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

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
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

great food

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

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
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always exquisite food, beautiful setting and welcoming atmosphere

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