Sake no Hana

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Japanese
Sake no Hana bar and restaurant is housed on the first floor of a modernist Grade II listed building in the heart of St James, offering modern Japanese dining. The a la carte menu provides a variety of hot and cold appetisers, charcoal grill, Toban and Kamameshi dishes, while sushi and sashimi are prepared to order at the 13 seat sushi bar. A carefully selected list of sakes, Japanese whiskeys and other wines, spirits and liqueurs complement the dishes offered in the restaurant. Sake no Hana’s interiors were designed my esteemed architect Kengo Kuma and the bar includes a beautiful futuristic chandelier, offering the perfect space for post work cocktails. Cloakroom available. ALIPAY and weChat payment accepted.

Private Dining

Sake no Hana offers fine dining Japanese in the heart of St James. Available for group dining and exclusive hires for up to 110 seated or 250 for a cocktail party. The bar, decorated with a huge chandelier is a beautiful space for private parties of up to 60 guests for a standing canapé event.

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Special Offers

Umai Weekend 6 courses: £44/£51/£61

...from a set menu 6 course lunch with 3 complimentary drinks.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 3 January 2020

Ends: 3 July 2020

Availability: Sun 12:00-16:00
Sat 12:00-15:00

Sakenotayori: 4 course set menu £39

From Sakenotayori set menu, with half a bottle of house white or red wine. Vegan option available.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 3 January 2020

Ends: 3 July 2020

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 18:00-22:30
Fri 12:00-14:30 17:30-19:00 22:30-23:00
Sat 17:30-19:00 22:30-23:00

Sakenotayori: 4 course set menu £34

From Vegan Sakenotayori set menu, with half a bottle of house white or red wine.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 9 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 9 people

Starts: 4 November 2019

Ends: 3 July 2020

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-14:30 18:00-22:30
Fri 12:00-14:30 17:30-19:00 22:30-23:00
Sat 17:30-19:00 22:30-23:00

What 5620 People Are Saying
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BB
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance, attentive service and exceptional selection

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious & original.

SM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent in every way.
Maybe some variation to musical range ;)

A
London
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Food is ok but service is miserable despite kind personnel who try to make it good. Someone runs it very badly. If you’re sited next to air conditioning and they don’t do anything despite it being really cold. You pay 500 quid for eating in you jacket. Orders come messed up. Take the same money and go to Nobu which is close and you’ll be much better served.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Too expensive for the quality of food. The service was outstanding however the food was low quality and the sushi was very poor. Need to find a new chef.

E
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service was okay, venue was a bit cramped - our table was too close to other tables. Would definitely visit again though for the food :)

JN
London
18 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Lovely restaurant, mostly friendly staff but slow service. Food arrived before our drinks.
Food was delicious but a bit costly.

EB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and very proper service.

FB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Spendid setting and excellent and innovative cuisine

SJ
Gloucestershire
8 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Everything was pretty good, but not good enough for the price, I'm sorry to report.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant! It is the most perfect combination of value for money and I’ve been in love with this place for the last 5 years. The quality of the food is exceptional, the menu has plenty of mouthwatering options ( their signature sushi with sea urchin, wagyu beef , truffle and caviar is to die for) and the price points can fit any budget - they even have an option of set menu with alcohol for less than 50£. The service is exceptional and stuff is very attentive . There is a free option of sitting at the counter and watching the food preparation process , which I personally enjoy even more than norma tables. Overall it’s a gem and I would really recommend!

TP
London
8 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

All quite average in terms of service and taste. Doesn’t merit the location. It was £49/head and felt like it.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent all round. And incredible special menu deal through OpenTable.

S
London
11 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

We went for a celebration of my twins birthday. The staff seemed irritated and the service was impersonal. The food was good but not amazing.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, environment

GD
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I have been here many times through the years, and it now seems to have a definite downward trajectory, particularly in the area of service. On this visit, I ordered a cocktail and waited...and waited, etc. Three different attempts were made to solicit my meal order, and I explained that I wanted the cocktail as an apertif, not as dessert. When it arrived 30 minutes after my order, I placed the food order. The sushi was fine, as it is not too dependent on the time between preparation and serving. The tempura was, however, a horrible mess served at room temperature. I have no idea how long it takes to get tempura to room temperature, but more than a few minutes I would guess. I also observed the server who brought it out breeze past my table and take it on a grand tour of the dining room, completing the lap at my table about 5 minutes later. This is pitiful stuff at these prices.

DA
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bento Box for lunch is the best option - beautifully presented; delicious and satisfying. The high ceiling and light wood creates a relaxing environment. Lovely staff. Go visit!

FP
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not cheap but a very lovely experience, special.
Great food.

DN
London
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal. Friendly service. Good value. Nothing more to add.

OT
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good value for money at Sunday

IG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good food, but overly expensive in my opinion and ‘I’m not a cheap date’ Very good cocktail offering plenty of choice.

CC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Do not waste your money!
Firstly, the restaurant is freezing. When I pointed this out and asked to move tables, I was offered a hot drink! When I requested a different table I was told there was nothing and maybe I could try one of their sister restaurants?! After explaining that this is a prestigious restaurant that should not require patrons to sit in winter coats, a table was found but it made no difference. Given this was a special 55th birthday celebration, our disappointment was huge. Anyway, unable to change restaurants, we stuck with it. I wish I could have said it was worth it but it wasn’t. We had the sashimi platter which was ok but nothing special - we have eaten raw fish that tastes equally great in cheap, local Japanese joints. Each piece I ate had gristly bits that were inedible. The black cod sushi was also very boring and plain. The Japanese aubergine with fig would have been lovely - if there had actually been more than just two tiny pieces of figs (from which the balance of sweetness would have helped the dish immensely). The mixed tempura was no better than a street food cafe and the batter was pretty greasy. The main course smoked duck breast was the size of a small starter although this dish was extremely tasty and the meat was very tender and succulent. We had 4 small carafes of sake served warm and the restaurant only charged for 3 as a token of apology but, when the bill was processed, we were overcharged and had to wait around for a refund. We came here because we didn’t get a chance to eat at the branch in Omniya in Bali but the food, environment and service fell hugely short of expectations and, for the price, is nothing less than a rip off for sub standard food and ambience. Sake no Hana ruined the 55th surprise for my partner. All hype and no heart. Shockingly bad!

ID
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

The food was amazing. However, the lack of service took away from the overall experience. It seems that they were under staffed for a full restaurant in a Saturday night.

G
London
23 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I have had good food & service here having visited twice in the last year but sadly this wasn’t one of those occasions. The evening I went the lighting was so poor the table next to mine had to use the torch on their phone to read the menu. This isn’t ambience, it’s darkness. This was a minor issue but maybe symptomatic of a once good restaurant disintegrating. If you have been to an indifferent fish & chip shop & wondered about the batter it was nothing compared to the inedible tempura served to me. It masked the taste of what it covered & was probably the worst piece of Japanese cooking I have come across (I have lived & worked in Japan). I complained politely to the head waitress. She failed to offer to replace the offending tempura or taste it & merely said she would let the chef know. She was completely indifferent. This once good restaurant is now nothing less than dreadful.

m
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

It was my birthday and I usually love this place but this time around the service wasn’t at par. I was told “wait a minute” a few times by the waitress (because she had a hard time taking down the orders and then would jot off somewhere and would forget that I’m there waiting with a question or order) and we waited a long time to get the order of sake bottle, and water bottle and soya sauce...etc. She also kept commenting about the amount of food we ordered “that’s too much!” she would say... We were a group of 4 and we were all dissatisfied with the level of service. We were also disappointed because 2 of our guests were vegan and there was a poor choice (and response from waitress) regarding foods they could eat. Maybe next birthday I will go somewhere else.

f
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

This was a special birthday event and for that we were really pleased that we could talk and that the service and food provided the right ambiance. We have eaten here before and know that the sashimi is really good and the other courses in the tasting menu were of the same level. The only disappointment was the desert. After several courses we wanted something light and palate cleansing and we got a lot of sticky chocolate with a sugar tuille. The staff were very attentive especially the sommelier.

JC
Hertfordshire
75 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lat booking. Very good food, lively atmosphere efficient friendly service.

M
London
23 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The place is always very beautiful and the food top level. It is a pity that they do not have anymore the fantastic quail they had in the menu but, nonetheless, is a place to visit again.

NA
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience5

Nice atmosphere, however the food was unimpressive given its price level. I would not recommend Sake no Hana to a friend unfortunately. Service was not great either, waited 25 mins for a table when I arrived well in time for my reservation.

RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Service was truly awful. They had crammed so many tables in it felt like a canteen. Staff /kitchen couldn’t cope and so a huge wait for each course.

The food in fairness was excellent but at£108.00 a head this wAs a New Year’s Eve dinner to be avoided at all costs.

OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Almost fell asleep. Took two and a half hour to serve the dishes.

SW
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it again 3rd time eaten there it’s a great place to eat we sat at sushi bar today and noise level is perfect very nice place and amazing food - friendly great service