Once inside, the décor, designed by David Collins, is like nothing else we've spotted. The ground floor features a bar counter main from an enormous tree trunk and has tree-branch chandeliers overhead.The upstairs dining room continues the link and comprises inter-linked rooms. Like its sister restaurants (Nobo London and Ubon by Nobu [q.v.'s) the menu has a very modern approach to the cooking of its homeland.
So expect the likes of 'Lobster Ceviche with Tomato and Shiso Leaf'; 'Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno'; ''Black Cod with Miso, assorted Sushi and a cup of Miso Soup' - to start your meal. Or at lunchtime, you can just settle for a Bento Box.
'Confit of Duck Roll with Cashew Sauce'; 'Tea-Smoked Lamb with Grilled Tomato Relish' or 'King Crab Claw with Butter Potato Sauce' might follow.
Perhaps finish with a 'Bento Chocolate Box'; 'Slow-cooked Nashi Pear with Star Anise Ice Cream' or 'Apricot Purée with Salty Peanut Brittle'.
It should be remembered that you are given ninety minutes for lunch and two hours for dinner - and this is strictly enforced.
- Food Style: Japanese
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30, set L from £32.50 (3 courses); mains about £12 to £46
- Dinner: all week, 18.00-1.30am (Sun 21.15); set D £26 to £38; mains about £12 to £46. Tasting Menu £75 to £105; A Bar Menu is also available.
- Seats: 180
- Wine: an extensive wine list kicks off in the high £30's, and rise steadily after that.
- Children's portions: No
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Green Park Underground
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Closed: Sun L, some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned