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Sake No Hana

We first heard of Sake No Hana because of it's connections with Kengo Kuma so when it finally opened we decided on an early visit. The design is interesting although in places it seems a little B&Q.

The staff are good but the nature of the restaurant is that you get small dishes requiring a lot of service, this, the slightly over dense table arrangement and the constant shuffling on and off of shoes for the staff leads to it feeling crowded and unrelaxed. Given the space having burners for shabu shabu was over ambitious.

The menu is priced down to the individual stick of asparagus so you need to ignore that each piece of vegetable is costing £2 and think of the whole price of the meal - at which point it doesn't feel too expensive. All the food we had was excellent, I would particularly pick out the toro and the eel. Good sake (even at the cheaper end of the list) and a very nice plum wine based aperitif.

All in we loved the food and drinks and think they just need to get over teething difficulties and take out a few tables.

Sunday, December 09, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8

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