Sakagura – London Restaurants #2

Continuing to share some of my top London picks with you as I count down to New York.

Another favourite restaurant of mine is Sakagura on Heddon Street, just off Regent Street – so a great option if you need to escape the shopping crowds and relax just seconds away from the hustle and bustle in a quiet courtyard. I love Japanese food, it’s super tasty, can be very healthy and recently I learned the joys of sake –  it’s safe to say I’m now hooked!

Sakagura, Heddon Street

This place is gorgeous! Definitely a great choice for dinner and drinks with the girls or for a date night with someone special! There’s a little veranda, perfect for sipping a cocktail or two before you get down to the real business of sushi and sashimi. I love the ambiance that’s been created, the restaurant isn’t huge so it feels pretty intimate. The ground floor hosts the bar, table seating and some very cool booths (shown open below but can also be closed off for those wanting a little more privacy) and then downstairs, the seating overlooks the open kitchen. My preference is the ground floor, it feels more buzzy and I much prefer the view of the bar than the kitchen!

Ground floor dining space at Sakagura

The menu is what’s known as Washoku – the traditional food of Japan. As Sakagura’s website explains:

Washoku dishes are known for their harmonious mix of rice, miso, pickles, sides and main dishes, that cover the five flavours and stimulate all senses. Emphasis is placed on seasonality using the freshest ingredients and beautiful presentation.

Which was completely evident as soon as the Chef’s Selection of Sashimi (see top photo) was brought to our table. Not only some of the freshest and most tasty sashimi I’ve ever eaten in London, it was also presented so beautifully that we almost didn’t want to spoil it by tucking in……. almost but not quite!

As well as the sashimi, we opted for squid calamari with lime and chilli aioli dip, soft shell crab karaage, miso grilled black cod, goosnargh chicken wings with lemon and sansho pepper and assorted vegetable tempura. An absolute feast! Everything was delicious and I’d happily order everything again, except the menu is so extensive, there’s still so much more to try!

Miso black cod – so yummy!

As delightful as the food is, its the sake menu that takes Sakagura to the next level. To be honest, I wasn’t really much of a sake fan before I went to Sakagura for the first time. But I tried one of their sake flights (a taster of three different types) and I was converted! The sake sommelier will take you through the different types of sake – for example cloudy or sparkling – explain the flavours, pairings and can even go into the production process if you’re interested! Their passion and knowledge is infectious and I definitely left with a much better appreciation of sake!

The bar at Sakagura

If sake’s not your thing, there’s a really interesting cocktail list – lots of unusual flavours and again, beautiful attention and presentation.

I can’t recommend Sakagura more highly – the service is wonderful and everyone, from the front of house hosts to the barmen, sommelier and all the servers seem really passionate about washoku dining and sake, so as well an awesome dining experience, you also get to learn a little as well! Bonus!

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