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Engawa Restaurant

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539 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • 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 539 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTritee
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice cosy place, serving amazing food. Beautifully presented but also tastes great!

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Pickydinner
London
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

We went to engana a couple of years ago and it was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately this time, we didn’t have the same experience. Nothing really stood out. Not a good value for money at all. The place is lovely, service great, beautiful food presentation, but the taste wasn’t great. A bit boring.

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squirrel
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious, the service super nice and attentive (but not too much, either). It's pricey, but absolutely worth it - and omakase menu is plenty of food, delicious, delicious food!

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WinsyN
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Food was excellent and sashimi was fresh as we remembered from our first visit.

However they should work on customer reception upon arrival. We arrived 10-15 min early - as considerate guests do. It is understood that during COVID it is not always possible to wait inside the restaurant. However the receptionist simply told us we couldn’t go inside and pointed to the table inside saying “there is another customer still sitting at your table”. He could have politely offered us a seat on one of the outdoor tables or even in the courtyard. When we asked where we could wait, he casually waved “outside” and went back in.

Had we not been here before and remembered the excellent food, we would not have been so patient. It is a real shame the overall high standards have been let down by such a “couldn’t care less” attitude at reception.

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Craig
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really incredible 5-course Omakase menu that my wife and I both opted for to celebrate our anniversary - my wife made an early error in ordering an additional sea urchin dish, which took us to 6 courses and my wife barely made it through the phenomenal sushi and sashimi, let alone the Wagyu beef and Black Cod. I had a brilliant time, not least because I also ended up eating half of my wife’s final 2 courses. The ambience was quite cool and understated and we felt the prices were reasonable if not cheap - but then you get what you pay for. The staff were very attentive but not overbearing which is always a fine balance in a small restaurant but they got it. Final tip for anyone considering the Omakase menus - make sure you’re hungry for the 5 courses, otherwise go for the 3 courses. We would only have missed out on the chef’s specials, which for us were the tomato noodle soup and the tempura parsley with miso sauce. This would have likely made room in my wife’s belly for the subsequent main and dessert, which made its way into my belly instead! (Couldn’t let any go to waste!) Great evening and they are taking what Covid precautions they can during this time, which is reassuring.

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JoannaT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A fantastic dining experience. The sake flight with tasting menu, superb. Service excellent. The food was wonderful, very enjoyable, thank you.

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MaimaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place deserves a Michelin star. The omakase was amazing, service attentive... Overall excellent!

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PingToo
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Omakase menu was excellent - very fresh ingredients, presented beautifully and put together in a thoughtful manner. The manager was welcoming; service was attentive but not intrusive.
The restaurant space is small, neat and appears very clean. We felt that the overall dining experience is just as good as we recall from pre-pandemic times. Booking in advance is recommended to ensure appropriate distancing.

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Francoise
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It's the second time we have been to this restaurant. This time we decided to go a la carte focussing on the Wagyu beef. The 100g Hida steak was excellent and reminded us of when we ate it in Japan. We also took a few other dishes that we all enjoyed very much!

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Matttable
London
8 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, as good as the previous experience 3 years ago. Tasty and tasteful food prepared with care.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had asked for a table and we’re originally seated at the bar but needn’t have worried as they moved us to a table after we had a cocktail each. They accommodated dietary requirements very well and even brought my husband a birthday dessert with a candle. They were really helpful, and we had a special evening. We’ve been once before and really enjoy the food. It is quite unique but the flavours take us back to our travels in Japan.

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Troy
Kent
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Tasting menu was incredible. Went for sushi option, was not disappointed!

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Jame
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

I think the waiter/ waitress should wear mask during their work

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Shauna
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very lovely boutique restaurant with a nice intimate ambience. Had the omakase menu and it was delicious, particularly the wagu. Great for trying things I wouldn't normally and knowing what I'd order more of next time. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive and cocktails were also amazing.

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EdwardK
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

amazing food and service; we had the 5 course taster menu with Wagyu beef and sake pairing- staff was exceptionally polite and knowledgeable about the food and sake; will go again.

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MayaB
London
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
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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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!

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jpsw
2 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
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
6 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

FAQs

Engawa Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Engawa Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7287 5724.

Engawa Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 539 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.