Whenever we’re asked for traditional Japanese restaurants in London we usually struggle to come up with more than five. Lucky then that there’s a new one to add to the list. Sakagura is located in Heddon Street serving authentic Japanese washoku (that’s cooking to you and us) alongside one of the largest selections of sake and Japanese whisky we’ve seen in the city.

The main restaurant and sake bar are located on the ground-floor whilst downstairs is a chefs counter set amongst the sake cellar. The menu has a good spread of dishes, we kicked off with a tuna tartare served in a traditional fisherman’s tray – a true work of art, we actually didn’t know how to tackle it!

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Other highlights included the buttery yellowtail sushi, the short rib katsu curry, charcoaled blackened lobster with moshio brown sea salt and lime and the unami rich Japanese mushrooms with rice, cooked and served from a cast iron pot. We opted for a sake tasting menu too which includes selecting your own design of sake glass to drink from. It’s a great way to try new sakes and learn more about the different styles.

With an omotenashi service culture, that’s based on the art of selfless hospitality it’s hard to find fault with Sakagura. The next time you’re thinking about turning Japanese, we really think you should turn straight through the doors into this restaurant!

Sakagura, 8 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BU