Ginza St. James’s London: a culinary guide
Ginza in Bury Street lies in the heart of St James’ and is a stone's throw away from Buckingham Palace. The contemporary Japanese Restaurant presents a truly regal picture of Japanese cuisine, under the oversight of Kishi San, the head chef.
San has worked in kitchens his entire professional life and cites his chef father as an inspiration for the fusion of Japanese and European Cuisine. Over the last 12 years, his classic European training composited with a training background in Japanese cuisine illustrates the chef’s constant strive to showcase a modern culinary experience.
The elegance and sophistication of the main restaurant fuse traditional Japanese minimalism with modern furnished details, courtesy of renowned Japanese design house Yosai Kiyono. Wall-mounted mirrors, wooden partitions and polished concrete flooring echo the clean, chic precision of the dishes presented at Ginza St. James.
Diners are treated to different options of private rooms such as the Teppanyaki and Sushi Counter in which their impressive chefs perform the traditional Japanese style of serving Teppanyaki, creating an engaging and interactive experience as you enjoy your meal.
Staff are perfectly attentive without being overbearing or intrusive and possess insightful knowledge and understanding of each dish; thus able to explain the thoughtfulness behind those dishes and the techniques used to perfect the dining experience.
Ginza features one of the most extensive ranges of Sakes in the UK, where knowledgeable waiters are at hand to suggest complementary pairings that further elevates the dining experience. The Dassai 45 Junmai was one such sake, a floral and light bouquet that was intelligently paired to our starter selection elegantly. For those looking for something different, there is a vast selection of wine and cocktails carefully curated by the head mixologist.
Try the Black Kampachi Carpaccio, a perfect fusion of Ginza’s East and West influences; the light addition of truffle oil adds a little weight to the delicate nature of the dish. The Spicy Tuna Tartare is indeed a more bold affair, where pine nuts and crisp pastry further add texture to the combination of meaty tuna and unmistakable gochujang.
The Sushi and Sashimi platters are truly exceptional; aesthetically the nigiri rice had a notable brown tint. Staff were more than happy to explain the use of a malted vinegar which lent the nigiri a more nutty and mellow flavour which is quite unique and unforgettable.
The true highlight of an already exceptional meal is the Black Cod Saikyo Yaki. Carefully prepared over 48 hours the Soy, Mirin and Sake marinade provides depth in flavour yet still keeps the cod as the star attraction.
The extensive menu also includes a range of Tempura from typical vegetables and prawns to the enticing Lobster Tempura. Ginza most notably is one of the only official suppliers of A5 Kobe Gyu and Kagoshima beef and features a Teppan Yaki of Foie Gras among a variety of other delectable dishes.
The meal itself as suggested by our hospitable and knowledgeable host, Valerio, highlights the talents of the culinary team, and their exacting attention to detail and quality.
A dining experience at Ginza is a genuine pleasure for all and is highly recommended for those seeking something a little different. It’s a must-see, not only for the superb quality of food and drink but for the warm yet knowledgeable team who are only too happy to ensure your perfect evening.
Starters £12-50; Sushi & Sashimi from £10-55; Teppan Yaki and Robata from £24-240 (for A5 Kobe beef)
Ginza St Jame's - Japanese Restaurant
15 Bury St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6AL
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Written by Tim Yu
Editor Jheanelle Feanny