Sushi master Shinji Kanesaka's 13-seat omakese counter at 45 Park Lane - the first outpost of his two Michelin-starred Tokyo restaurant - serves and 18 course menu for £420, making it the most expensive menu in the country. Housed inside the 45 hotel, the restaurant design honours the traditional style of Japanese fine-dining with the centrepiece being the counter - a single carved piece of hinoki wood, lined by a row of bent wood chairs modelled on Hans J. Wegner’s iconic Wishbone design that’s said to be the perfect sushi bar seat. The menu is built around sushi, with a focus on delicacies, with even the rice the chef’s own blend. Think sweet amaebi shrimp topped with uni, sliced yellowtail wrapped around daikon radish ribbons and fatty slithers of toro tuna. The tasting menu - of 18 courses - is priced at £420.
A first of its kind Nigerian-inspired restaurant concept and one of the most innovative and captivating Michelin-starred restaurants in London - and has recently been re-housed at 180 The Strand. Ikoyi is open for lunch and dinner, serving contemporary dishes inspired by West African – in particular Nigerian – cuisine by head chef Jeremy Chan (who has previously worked at Noma and Hibiscus). The cosmopolitan-leaning, blind-tasting menu is £300 - served for dinner from Monday to Friday, as well as for lunch on Fridays. There's a shorter lunch menu for £180 on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Think inventive dishes such as chargrilled octopus tentacle with spicy ndolé (a bitter-leaf and spinach mix) and buttermilk plantain with smoked scotch bonnet. Pictured.
Specialising in Edomae-sushi (translating to Edo style), the sushi created by world-renowened sushi master Mitsuhiro Araki (one of just a handful of sushi chefs to be awarded three Michelin stars) is concentrated on focusing on the flavours of one ingredient, and uniquly incorporates European produce (including black caviar and white Alba truffle). Araki himself is quite a showman, preparing dishes in front of diners on a wooden counter. The restaurant accommodates just nine people up at the dining counter (and six in a private dining room) - making for an intimate and unique atmosphere. The (no-choice) Sushi Omakase menu is priced at £310 per person.
A Japanese omakase restaurant - in Mayfair - headed up by Chef Takuya Watanabe, formerly of Jin, the first sushi omakase in Paris to receive a Michelin star. The 16-cover restaurant offers a traditional yet modern omakase setting - where elements of wood and natural stone are complimented by a waterfall of light - creating a very intimate setting. Expect a daily-changing tasting menu prepared using the freshest and locally-sourced ingredients. There are three menus to choose from - a lunch menu at £180 with 17 courses, the Signature omakase menu featuring 20 dishes priced at £300 and the Prestige omakase menu priced at £400 which includes ingredients such as caviar, truffle and additional courses. The drinks list features an array of fine and rare wines and champagnes and specialty sakes.