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14-16 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London, England, W1J 6LX, United Kingdom

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The notes below are from a meal in July 2007.

Presentation is excellent here, as is traditional in good restaurants in Japan. Tuna back with a sweet shrimp roll comes wrapped in a leaf, repeated in a sequence of three (14/20), as did sliced scallop with dried grey mullet eggs (14/20). Grilled eel roll was excellent, with very good eel taste and carefully cooked rice in the roll (15/20). Wagyu beef on this occasion was good but not remarkable (perhaps I am getting spoilt), the beef (which is raised in Australia in the style of Kobe beef) tender but without the remarkable marbling that you get with true Kobe beef (and indeed, certain hard to obtain beef from France and Germany). However at a hefty £55 for a portion of beef I would hope for something dazzling rather than merely very good. Miso soup was well made and indeed throughout the meal there was nothing to really fault, yet also little to get truly excited about. 

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Further reviews: 02nd Dec 2016 | 30th Sep 2015 | 13th Aug 2014 | 01st Apr 2011 | 01st May 2005

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