Kanpai Classic Is Bringing Yakiniku to Soho

The Japanese restaurant group, which has numerous sites in Taiwan and China, is coming to the UK

If you like a little tabletop cooking action and you like your beef, then you’ll wanna get Kanpai Classic on your radar. The restaurant, which first launched in Taipei two decades ago (and apparently introduced wagyu to Taiwan and China), is making its UK debut, opening in Soho this summer. It’s all about yakiniku – cooking bitesize pieces of meat over a charcoal flame – and more specifically, wagyu, with ten different cuts of beef, aged for a minimum of 40 days, on offer.

At Kanpai Classic, the meat is cut to each diner’s requirements, sliced, seasoned and cooked over the charcoal grills on each table – though it seems like the staff will be doing most of the work for you here. Nicolo Bolognesi (ex-Nobu Hotel Portman Square) will be leading the restaurant, which will initially only offer a 14-course omakase menu, with an a la carte option following later in September. Sake fans will also be well catered for, with the drinks list including ten exclusive sakes from Japan’s Masuizumi Brewery.

Opens mid-July 2024
147-149 Wardour Street, London W1F 8WD