'Special' Japanese - not Sushi
Was wondering if you have any ideas on the following: I'm looking for a relatively high end Japanese restaurant (say £60-70 per head) in London for our wedding anniversary.
We love sushi but due to current circumstances, my wife cannot eat raw presently. We therefore are looking for somewhere that excels in other cooked things.
Other points to note is that we both are Japanese and lived there , so we know good Japanese food very well.
Good 'fusion' cuisine could work as long as it's good. Can't be too pretentious.
Would rather avoid anywhere too formal or stuffy (kiku and kikuchi we've been to before - both good but a bit 'vanilla'.
Hip is good but not hipster (eg that new Kurobuta place in Marylebone looked nice in a way but a but a bit too annoyingly hipster - anyone been?)
Been wanting to try Dinings but the menu looks a bit raw-heavy, which would be a bit frustrating! And a touch pricey too.
Can anyone think of anywhere 'special' that fits the bill?
I agree that The Shiori should fit. Umu used to be good as well but I have not been in years, plus it is very expensive so probably over your budget.
I have not been to the Connaught Village Kurobuta but I have been to the Chelsea pop-up (actually may just be another branch now). I had a good time overall as I was in the mood for a busy place and a couple of drinks but the food was only pretty good.
I had a great meal in Kai last month, I had forgotten how good it is.
Hunan is a restaurant that I have always enjoyed but I have not been in a while, although while it is fun the first couple of times I am not sure of the no menu format.
I am also a big fan of Min Jiang but more at lunch than dinner.
I keep banging on about Koya, but since they've opened the noodle bar next door the restaurant itself is getting loads more creative. It does quite a bit of grilled meat, veg, fish and tempura but no sushi so is bang on brief for the most part. Downside is the restaurant itself is far from special occasion and has more of a casual, everyday feel. It's Bib Gourmand with Michelin and although miles from the typical preconceptions, I wouldn't be surprised if it's elevated in the next few years.
HKK in Liverpoool St is very good and, if you go at lunch, within budget.
I've not been but there's a lot of love, both on this board and through industry word of mouth, for Min Jiang atop the Royal Kensington Hotel.
I've been thinking about trying Sake no Hana for lunch and wondered if it might fit the bill for you. Anyone tried it recently?
Just got back from Hunan. On the whole - great. I wont go into detail as it will take too long, but i'd say the vast majority of dishes were very well excecuted, with a few 'fillers'. Very generous amount (over 18 dishes) for a very reasonable price of £50 per head. It exceeded expectations. Most dishes were very elegant seasoned and well cooked. Favourites dishes included Spicy Squid, fried green beans, steamed Scallops.. the list goes on
Very friendly and efficient service.
Understated but classy decor.
Will definitely return
How about the newish Yashin Ocean House in SW7. It's in a nice area, a freestanding building with just the right amount of decor/aesthetic without being hipster, and the food is great.
For Chinese Hunan is great, but not special enough for an anniversary (esp if there is a specific reason for the no-seafood -- either 'congrats' or 'oh that happened to my mother and she was ok after')