Best for…a shopping pit stop: Sakagura
Shopping on London’s Regent Street? Schedule in Sakagura as your lunch stop. This sushi, steak and sake bar launched early last year and offers Japanese fine-dining with dishes that are best shared.
The authentic décor will take you away, with Japanese artifacts, traditional crockery and hanging hessian curtains. Dark wood tables and dim lighting add a touch of modern sophistication.
The menu is large enough to scare indecisive foodies like me but the friendly waiting staff are on hand to tell you all about the ‘washoku’ cuisine and how it works.
The ‘grill-your-own’ steak (available as Wagyu) is a highlight – served on a hot lava stone for you to sizzle away at your table. Handmade sushi and sashimi are exceptional and arrive like a work of art on a bed of foliage and crushed ice. The deep fried salted squid (Ika Karaage) deserves a special mention – served with fresh jalapenos and a punchy chili mayo.
Sakagura’s biggest draw is its hot and cold sake menu. There’s a specialist sommelier on hand if you’re looking to delve into the vast collection, boasting bottles rare and contemporary, as well as famous whiskeys and plenty of premium spirits.