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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Creative Kyoto-style menus presented with flair

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

The blond wood sliding door in Mayfair is easily missed if you haven't been before. Press the buzzer to gain admittance. Inside is a sepulchrally lit space adorned with filigree wood and slatted screens. It manages to convey an atmosphere of intense activity, with busy chefs and sashaying wait-staff giving it some, and yet the ambience is all relaxed civility. The Kyoto-style menu structure allows Yoshinori Ishii much creative leeway, and if the budget permits, the tasting menus are the most impressive and elaborate way to go. Seafood is unimpeachable, from Northern Ireland wild eel which may be charcoal-grilled and dressed in sweet soy, to lightly seared Cornish lobster in a sauce of its coral. Presentations are the last word in labour-intensive elegance, sparse but lovely, pairing a single Icelandic sea-urchin with warm tofu, or offering boomingly rich, gamey woodcock in a sauce of its liver. The savoury dishes end with a bowl of rice, perhaps topped with grey mullet bottarga, and the imaginative desserts close out the deal with the likes of blood-orange and black rice, served with tofu and white miso ice cream, or warm Manjari chocolate sponge with an ice cream flavoured with genmaicha (green tea mixed with roasted brown rice).

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, New Year and Bank holidays
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 11


  • Chef(s): Yoshinori Ishii

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Japanese
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines over £30: 860
  • Wines by the glass: 25

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • Off-site parking available: On street, NCP Hanover Hill

Additional information

  • Seats: 64
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10

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Nearest train station

Green Park, Bond Street
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