Ginza St James’s | High-End Sushi
If you’ve never been to Tokyo, suffice to say that it’s huge, with a population slightly larger than the entire of Canada.
And Ginza, the luxuriant Japanese restaurant in St James’s, has decided to take diners on a culinary tour of that vast city by creating three new tasting menus, each named for one of Tokyo’s major shopping districts (Azabu, Akasaka & Ginza). And you’re going to nab an absolute bargain in one of them, because they’re giving Nudge Members and a guest 50% off their Akasaka tasting menu (usually £85pp) for the whole of February.
In case you don’t know it, Ginza itself boasts joints in New York, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo, but this two-floor flagship might just be the jewel in the crown. Walking into the imposingly grand entrance, we start with –
Upstairs is this is the more casual of the two spaces, balancing refinement and comfort along a runway of glossy marble, elegant light fixtures, and geometric patterns with pops of contrasting colour. The bar here serves up a wealth of cocktails, including the signature Kinto-un (with gin, crème de pêche, and raspberry purée); the Million Dollar Flower (with cognac, bitter lemon, and chilli), and the deceptively simple Japanese Cocktail, a classic revived here with Remi Martin and orgeat.
The Tasting Menus
Going downstairs to the dining area, you’ll find a moodier, darker space decked out with similarly understated luxury. But it’s not the leather-backed chairs we’re interested in. That would be the tasting menus. The Akasaka is the middle child of the three new menus, each of which is structured in the traditional way of serving courses in Japan. The Akasaka itself starts with a classic Ikura Chawanmushi (a silky smooth custard topped with jewel-like ikura pearls) before moving onto a sashimi course (including meltingly good chutoro fatty tuna); some lobster tempura; either some miso black cod or a stripling steak; a plateful of sushi rolls; and finally a seasonal dessert.
It’s a sweet touch.
NOTE: Ginza St James’s is open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as afternoon tea on weekends. You can find out more, and make a booking, at their website right HERE. Nudge Members and a guest can take 50% off their Akasaka tasting menu (usually £85pp) for the whole of February. To find out how to book, just check the Members’ Box at the top of this page.
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Ginza St James’s | 15 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AL
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