Machiya | A Casual Japanese Restaurant And Cocktail Bar




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 sparse, elegant feel. Set in Piccadilly, It’s the first non-ramen restaurant/bar from the people behind the now-legendary noodle palace Kanada-Ya. Here’s how it break down:


Is the restaurant. The menu covers a broad swathe of Japanese styles, including fried panko-crumbed pork with tonkatsu curry; some Gyudon (thinly sliced beef with onsen egg, red ginger, onions, and rice); and Zaru soba, which involves chilled buckwheat noodles with dashi dipping sauce. 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 the cocktail bar. The menu is short-but-sweet, with but half a dozen Japanese house cocktails, including the Jigglypuff (which blends Portobello gin, Campari, lemon & vermouth); the umeshi-aided Smokey Negroni; and the tequila-laced Yuzu-Kosho Sour. And then of course, there’s a long list of Japanese sakes and whiskeys.

Or, if you like anagrams, key wishes.

NOTE: Machiya is open now. You can find out more at their website right HERE.


Machiya | 5 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DL

Into Japanese restaurants? Then head on down to Kurobuta


5 Panton Street, Piccadilly, Central London, SW1Y 4DL


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