Matsuri relaunches as Ginza Onodera after £2.5m investment

Matsuri relaunches as Onodera

The Onodera Group will relaunch its London restaurant in St James’s next week following a £2.5m investment.

Matsuri traded for 23 years on Bury Street as a top-end teppen-yaki restaurant but will re-open as Ginza Onodera on March 15 after a six month refurbishment.

The restaurant will focus on traditional Japanese cuisine and avoid fusion dishes. Head chef Ryosuke Kishi - whose CV includes the Grand Hyatt Tokyo - remains at the helm and has created an à la carte menu that offers a broad selection of top-end Japanese food.

Launch dishes will include kobe beef robata yaki served with red miso truffle sauce; and slow cooked duck confit served with red cabbage marinated in orange vinegar.

Diners will have the option to book into one of three specialist counters (sushi, robata-grilled items, and teppen-yaki) which will each offer a range of set menus, starting from £45 (lunch) and £150 (dinner).

Conceived by Japanese designer Yosei Kiyono, the 128-cover restaurant will have a strikingly modern, monochrome look with marbled counters and slate walls.

The Onodera Group operates a number of other high-end Japanese restaurant in locations including Japan, China, France and the US.

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