If you had planned a trip to Japan until its borders were closed, well, we have news that could console you on the food front. There is a new restaurant from two accomplished Japanese chefs coming to Mayfair called Roji.
The name Roji can be translated either as ‘journey/path’ or ‘hidden alley’, which is quite appropriate, as it is a small shrine tucked away in a Mayfair lane. In fact, you’ll have to be quick with your reservations, as this is an intimate 10-seat location from husband-and-wife chefs Tamas Naszai and Tomoko Hasegawa. And when we say ‘accomplished’ chefs, that’s no understatement: Tamas and Tomoko previously worked at Tokimeitē in Mayfair, a restaurant specializing in high-quality Wagyu. Tamas is also a two-time winner of the Japanese Culinary Arts Competition, and Tomoko has also worked at L’Abysse at the three-Michelin-starred Pavillon Ledoyen in Paris, as well as Ginza Shimon in Tokyo.
The people behind Mayfair’s Chisou and Great Portland Street’s Sushi Atelier are teaming up on the restaurant – and that means customers at those restaurants will get priority reservations before reservations open to the general public, which seems fair.
So what’s on the menu at Roji? Think: seasonal British produce with a focus on sushi, pickles and preserves, charcoal grills and casseroles, all served on carefully selected crockery from small family producers in Japan and the UK . In terms of provenance, you can expect seafood from Cornish fishermen and vegetables from Nama Yasai Farm in East Sussex, as well as foraged herbs and mushrooms.
There will be five dinners and four lunches per week, with dinners priced at around £150pp (excluding drinks) with lower prices for lunch. As for drinks, there will be a list of high-end sakes, with hard-to-find and limited-edition bottles.
Learn more about Roji
Where is it? 56b South Molton Street, London W1K 5SH
When? Early 2022
Introductory offer; They are holding “test dinners” at Chisou, Knightsbridge on 19, 20, 26 and 27 January 2022
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