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Sake no hana - worth 50% off?

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alexdz Sep 5, 2008 04:10 AM

hello, this is my first post so please ignore any terrible breaches of etiquette i make.

toptable are doing 50% off the a la carte at sake no hana, and i am wondering if it makes the place good value? the broadsheet reviews look fairly positive. im certainly not wealthy enough to pay the full whack, but i dont mind spending a bit on good quality restaurants, and this looks like a good deal. i used to live round the corner from sushi say, and that was fantastic. any advice would be greatly appreciated. thanks

oh, also, any suggestions for what is worth ordering there?

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    thekua Sep 13, 2008 08:08 AM

    I went along to this place this last Wednesday on the toptable offer. For the two of us, it made the evening reasonable. We had one cocktail each, a series of dishes and the total came to just over £40 with the offer. Note that they add 13% service. Having been, I don't think I'd want to pay full price.

    They now categorise their menu into sections, though still lack any descriptions. Out of the dishes that we had, I would order the pork ribs with sugar snap and Japanese pepper again. Although not completely fall of the bone, the meat was easy to get off, even with chopsticks. The fig tempura with yuzu salt was interesting, though I probably wouldn't order that again.

    This is one of those places that seat you at the bar, while you "wait for your table" (ours was apparently not free until we ordered a drink). If you want to see the decor, this is probably the deal to do it. I would rather go to Sushi Say than go back here though.

    1. foodie guide Sep 14, 2008 12:30 AM

      I've been twice, once during opening week and once in Jan. I wrote about it in another thread (just do a search on this board). I had to pay the first time but not the second time, which is when I felt more relaxed about what I ordered. It is expensive, but if you know the menu, it is possible to have a good meal there without hurting the wallet (not my own!). If you go with too many people though, ordering will get out of hand, and drinks are very expensive!

      Thinking back on the two dinners, I probably wouldn't go back again. Why not try Soseki instead? It's right next to the Gherkin, and I really liked some of the dishes.

      Helen Yuet Ling Pang
      http://www.worldfoodieguide.com

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        alexdz Sep 16, 2008 05:35 AM

        thanks for the tips!

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        suziedepingu Nov 21, 2008 08:07 AM

        and looking at it, it is still doing this special offer.
        i m going onto ma 3rd visit tonite with another bunch of frnds who never been...
        but i m feeling abit sick of this place now..... lol
        but for the full price, i wouldn't have gone... unless someone its treating me! ha~

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          Gourmet Chick Nov 25, 2008 02:36 AM

          They are still doing the 50% off (I went on that deal a few weeks ago, there is a review on my blog). I think it is really great value at that price, although I am not sure if I would think it was worth the full price. The setting is quite stunning and a lot of care has gone into all the food which was very high quality. The only downside usually is the high prices, but at 50% off it is a bargain.

          www.gourmet-chick.com

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