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For those seeking the best omakase experience in London, the search ends here

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A graceful dance of flavours, a journey through Japanese culinary art, and a mastery of sushi tradition find a new home in the heart of Mayfair at Sushi Kanesaka. Tucked neatly behind the cool and atmospheric BAR 45, 45 Park Lane adds another layer to its star-studded culinary experience, heralding the first European venture by Shinji Kanesaka, the virtuoso behind Tokyo’s Sushi Kanesaka.

As you slip through the discreet door, away from the whirl of London, past the 4-seater private counter, and into the intimate 9-seater omakase counter, the magic of Kanesaka’s craft begins to unfold. The charm of the place lies in the meticulous details, with every element thoughtfully curated. It’s as though you’ve been transported to the vibrant streets of Ginza; a tranquil escape filled with harmony and grace.

For a hotel that first brought legendary chef Wolfgang Puck’s acclaimed cuisine to Europe, it’s no wonder that the expectations were rather high when it came to launching a second restaurant.

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The private dining room at Sushi Kanesaka at 45 Park Lane

The space, designed by Itai-san, evokes a feeling of elegant simplicity with its cedar woods, aged granite, bamboo textures, and a masterfully carved Japanese Kiso Hinoki counter. Here, the restaurant comes to life with the chef’s impeccable technique, as he conjures up edible pieces of art, right before your eyes.

A dinner at Sushi Kanesaka is a feast of contrasts. The evening started with Cornish king crab paired with the opulence of Beluga caviar delicately placed on top, a tantalising play between the sea’s freshness and the richness of one of its finest offerings. The menu continued to unfold, showcasing the very best seasonal ingredients. Steamed abalone danced on the palate with the piquancy of wasabi, while the Binchotan grilled Kobe beef, paired with wasabi and shio, was a symphony of textures and flavours.

Cornish king crab with Beluga caviar | Sushi Kanesaka at 45 Park Lane

For a hotel that first brought legendary chef Wolfgang Puck’s acclaimed cuisine to Europe (read our Dinner Date review of CUT at 45 Park Lane), it’s no wonder that the expectations were rather high when it came to launching a second restaurant. The sushi courses were poetic expressions of Kanesaka’s craft. From the sushi of Maguro to the sushi of Hotate, each bite was a revelation, a pure reflection of Edomae sushi’s art and precision. It was a beautiful dance, one that could only be achieved through years of omakase training. The selection was well-paired with hand-cut glasses of Japanese whiskies, like Hibiki and Yamazaki, each adding its own unique note to the harmonious composition.

The intimate chef’s counter provided a personal experience, one where guests could watch and engage with the artisans. The presence of an Okami, Nanami-san, added a gracious touch to the experience, embodying the very heart of Japanese hospitality. Every gesture, every smile, seemed to say, “Welcome home.”

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Sushi Kanesaka at 45 Park Lane

Each dish is crafted with love, care, and an uncompromising commitment to excellence.

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With the Negi toro maki and Kanesaka style tamagoyaki, the meal approached its crescendo. The latter was a reflection of the restaurant itself, simple yet profound. The miso shiru with chives and Japanese mango added an elegant finish to an extraordinary culinary adventure.

For the connoisseurs of sake, the restaurant offered a remarkable journey through this ancient spirit. Paired with the omakase, the sake selection was an exploration, an adventure guided by the master’s hand.

Sushi Kanesaka at 45 Park Lane

Those fortunate enough to be greeted by Lee Kelly, the charming general manager of 45 Park Lane, would truly feel at home, on an evening that’s a celebration of culture, art, and tradition.

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Sushi Kanesaka stands as a symbol of Japanese culinary excellence, a world-class dining destination where simplicity becomes an art form. Each dish is crafted with love, care, and an uncompromising commitment to excellence. For those seeking the best omakase experience in London, the search ends here.

Chef Shinji Kanesaka
Chef Shinji Kanesaka at Sushi Kanesaka at 45 Park Lane

Address: 45 Park Lane, London W1K 1PN
Website: dorchestercollection.com

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