Birthday Treat at Sake No Hana
Sake No Hana, St James St, London
The latest Asian culinary experience from restauranteur Alan Yau, Sake No Hana presents a stylish entrance with a single-person escalator that rises into the restaurant through abstract bamboo interiors. The space opens onto a lovely, calming sushi bar and a range of plush booths and tables. The perfect setting for my birthday dinner!
Our first starter was Nasu to Ichijiku Agedashi, a sesame fried aubergine and fig. A unique mix of fresh flavours complemented well by a savoury bean sauce.
The Ebi in my sushi starter was the plumpest and juiciest ebi I’ve ever had.
Dishes were designed for sharing and we ordered grilled chicken with a sweet miso topping. Well cooked and delicious, though the presentation is somewhat reduced when the server pours the flat sauce onto the chicken.
The highlight of the evening was grilled seabass with ponzu dressing. Amazingly cooked fish, succulent and steaming, with just the right savoury and sweet sauce.
A delightful evening out and the menu items are quite affordable compared to Hakkasan or Yaucha. I would recommend taking up their early dinner menu from 6-7pm with a set three courses for around £25.