Review on Tokimeité
After the closure of his ill-fated Chrysan after just six months in 2012, Japanese chef Yoshihiro Murata, the holder of seven prestigious Michelin stars across his three restaurants in Kyoto and Tokyo has opened his second London venture, called Tokimeité in affluent Mayfair. Spanning three floors and operated by Zen-Noh Group, the business arm of Japan's largest agricultural cooperative, the restaurant takes its name from a colloquial Japanese expression describing a sense of anticipation or 'butterflies'.
The interiors have been created by internationally acclaimed designer Yasumichi Morita, who was also responsible for London's Aqua Kyoto. The décor takes inspiration from Japanese festivals, shrines and temples in a warm palette of rich browns and golds, with wooden lattice walls and an open kitchen featuring a Josper charcoal oven and robata grill.
The contemporary Japanese menu showcases a modern interpretation of authentic wa-shoku cuisine using classic techniques and the finest Japanese ingredients, including the award-winning Wagyu beef. Open your account with marinated smoked salmon tartare with smoked salmon roe, followed by Wagyu chargrilled rump teriyaki or slow-cooked and chargrilled pork belly. As a finale consider apple tatin paired with caramel ice cream or maybe green tea panna cotta.
To accompany the dishes there's premium sake, shochu, wines, whiskies, beers and signature cocktails.
Yoshihiro Murata and Daisuke Hayashi
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Sat
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm Mon-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express