It’s the anagram lovers’ Tokyo.
And it’s also the inspiration for Machiya, which takes its name (and feel) from the traditional townhouses of the city. The simple wooden furnishings give the two-floor space a pared-back, elegant look that’s great for lunch or a chilled-out dinner. Set in Piccadilly, it’s the first non-ramen restaurant/bar from the people behind the now-legendary (and neighbouring) noodle palace Kanada-Ya. Here’s how it breaks down:
… is the restaurant. The menu covers a broad swathe of Japanese culinary styles, including panko-crumbed fried pork in the tonkatsu curry; some gyūdon (thinly sliced beef with onsen egg, red ginger, onions, and rice); traditional glazed eel served over rice; and zaru soba, which comprises chilled buckwheat noodles in an umami-laden shiitake mushroom broth.
And for dessert? You can get genmaicha mille-crepes (a dozen ultra-thin pancakes stacked between layers of sweet filling), and they have their own matcha soft-serve ice cream machine.
…is home to Rise Bakery. It’s a follow-up venture to West London’s Happy Sky Bakery, coming to you from Megumi Takeyama and HSB founder Motoko Hida. Open from Friday to Sunday, they champion sustainable, additive-free baking and offer a menu of typical Japanese bakes like yakisoba buns, yuzu tart and curry bread made in collaboration with HIDEN. Their signature dish, however, is a pound cake made with sake lees (the leftover fermented rice that’s apparently full of health benefits) from the Dojima Brewery in Cambridgeshire, of all places. And starting from January, on Friday nights, the café is set to transform into an after-hours wine bar, with biodynamic bottles on the menu alongside bready small plates.
Or, if you like anagrams, llamas’ pelts.
NOTE: Machiya is open daily from noon, and is walk-in only. You can find out more at their website right HERE. Rise is open Friday – Sunday, 12-6pm; take a look at their instagram here.
Machiya | 5 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DL
Into Japanese restaurants? Then head on down to Kazu…