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Engawa Restaurant

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523 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
Engawa Restaurant is located within the prestigious Ham Yard Hotel, offering a fusion yet traditional Japanese cuisine for Wagyu and sushi and is our flagship restaurant outside of Japan. We hope to bring our unique dining experience and authentic Japanese food to the people of London.

Salt group is the market leader in the Japanese dining scene, providing both casual and high-end cuisine. Established in 2002, the group is growing fast as a global trendsetter, understanding consumer markets and offering diners an experience they’ll never forget.
Our portfolio of 40 restaurants includes prestigious venues in prime locations with flagship destinations such as Osaka and Tokyo.

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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 523 People Are Saying
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4.5
Service
4.3
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4.0
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MayaB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to Engawa for my boyfriend's birthday to surprise him with authentic Japanese beef. Went for the Omakase 3 course and it was the best Japanese food experience ever! Such an array of different flavors and the beef was amazing and presented beautifully! I wish there was more of the Wagyu beef! It is on the expensive side but you definitely get your money's worth of food, set in a beautiful location, Engawa is perfect for a special occasion!

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jpsw
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent location in the heart of soho and joyful high quality and innovative japanese cuisine . I'll return

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Louise
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Came here to celebrate my husband’s birthday and was very impressed. Engawa shows the same attention to detail that we experienced from our numerous visits to Japan.

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Tzesy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fun experience. Food was very good, feels like I am in Japan

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SaraC
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved our 3 course omakase, especially loved the waygu and cod - literally melted in our mouths.

Loved everything about the restaurant other than the fact that there’s a table right outside of the washroom. We’re really grateful that we’re not sitting at that table but felt incredibly bad for those who did.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing as usual. First trip back since lockdown!

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AlessioF
London
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice Birthday dinner. Professional service, great food and drink, nice ambient

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JacquesC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and excellent food.

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RXXA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great way to end lockdown.
Excellent dishes.
Tecquila plum wine margarita-Lovely.

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Carole
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service! Loved it and will definitely come back!

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MaddieK
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional service, delicious food that was very well presented with a few surprises. Lots of information and knowledge of food and saké. Highly recommend!

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KylaF
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food was great however they can not accommodate for any allergies or intolerances as they “like to serve the dishes as is” which is surprising given that everything is made fresh & basically in front of you - they would definitely be able to accommodate however just refuse to. Other than that the tables are slightly too small for the amount of food on the table! But the food and waitress were amazing.

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Rebecca
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The waitstaff was very accommodating-- we were running late for our reservation and it was no problem at all. The food was amazing and when they found out it was for a birthday, they brought out mini cakes with candles. It was delicious! I would definitely recommend Engawa to anyone looking into going. The tasting menu was great and worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything ok!!!!....a great time!!! We love it

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Tigger2020
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience2

The worst Japanese food experience in London I've ever had.
It is not authentic Japanese food at all - if anyone gives this restaurant 4-5 star - they clearly have no idea what Japanese traditional food should be.
To be honest, I would've been ok to pay for the meals if it was £15-20 per person but we ended up paying £122 (incl. 12.5 service charge) for two persons. The owner of this restaurant seriously needs to consider what is value vs. quality because they haven't got the balance right at all.
As Japanese person, living in London, I genuinely feel embarrassed that the British people believe this is Japanese food because it is not.

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MaxH
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Unfortunately we were disappointed with both the service and the food at Engawa, which result in an overall very disappointing value for money. Of course, the dishes were well prepared and the flavours went well together (we had the 7 course Omakase), but none of it stood out in a particular way (which you would expect for this price). The quality of fish didn't seem better than at most other restaurants and some of it was badly done (especially the cod seemed dry, and fried salmon in a bland soup defeats the point of frying it, as the crispy parts get soggy within seconds).

The service was rushed, the waitress placed the napkins on our laps (which should still be the client's choice) and the second a glass was empty someone rushed over to ask for a refill. 2-3 waiters stood behind us during the entire night, staring at our plates which was very attentive but didn't leave any space for a personal experience.

We learnt our lesson - good ingredients don't make a good restaurant. We will not come back.

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vipVictoriacu
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

One of the best Japanese restaurant I have tried in London. Service amazing, the menu at £65 was exactly what you need to discover the restaurant menu

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vipGuillaume
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Our second time here and very good again. The otoro and uni crepe is absolutely delicious, a must if you like fatty tuna. Not cheap by any means but well worth the price considering the premium ingredients used. We mixed a la carte and omokase menu to try a variety of dishes, everything was delicious. Service was friendly but as space is limited every time a waiter passed they brushed our backs without acknowledgement, until the very end after a particularly hard bump when we had the bill. We had our chairs pushed in as much as we possibly could and we are both slim. For the prices charged they should really be more mindful of this and pass more discreetly even if it takes a little more care and manoeuvring. Otherwise a very enjoyable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience1

Very poor combination of quality vs value. Overpriced food, average quality of food, limited choice of food in the menu. Though staff are friendly and helpful. Space is very tight and it gives the feeling of restriction

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love the team : )

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AndreaP
London
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am already planning another visit to this lovely place. It was a great experience :)

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very thoughtful birthday celebration which was delicious. Food was great and plentiful. #noregretsspendingthatmuchmoneyformybaby

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Iceman
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the few authentic feeling Japanese restaurants in London.

On the higher end of the price range. But totally worth it for the quality and service. Need to book ahead if you want to get a table. Been a couple of times already and will return again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed my second visit very much, would love to return

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Evho
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service