Cubé Restaurant and Kakurega Bar open today on Blenheim Street in Mayfair. The sushi counter, restaurant and ‘hideaway’ bar opens on the site formerly occupied by Japanese restaurant, Nagomi. Here’s everything to know about the new opening.
Who’s behind it
The restaurant will be run by manager, Mayumi Nunn who previously worked at Kanada-Ya and Eat Tokyo; bar manager is Reo Nomura, previously of Kouzu and Tokimeite and the head chef is Osamu Mizuno who previously cooked at Nobu and Sake no Hana.
The lunch menu includes a ‘weekly bento’ (£20.90), Hitsumabushi (chopped eel on rice, £19.90), Taco Rice (created in Okinawa island following influence from American military, £10.90), 7-piece sushi set (£19.90), 4-piece sashimi set (£15.90) and foie gras teriyaki on rice (£22.90.)
In the evening, guests can choose from the set showpiece “Omakase Course” for £75 — available only at the sushi counter with three assorted starters, 10 pieces of “chef’s special nigiri”, three pieces of maki sushi rolls and a clear dashi soup with seaweed, rocket and somen noodles.
Guests can also order sushi by the single piece, sashimi in trios and also from a three-section menu devoted to sashimi, nigiri and maki roll selections.
The lower-ground Kakurega bar — meaning “hideaway” and seating 12 — serves seven Japanese cocktails, including a Smoky Negroni and Okinawa Old Fashioned, as well as rare sakes, Japanese whisky and fine wines.
The bar also stocks rare and unusual examples of Sake, premium Japanese whiskies (including Suntory Yamazaki 18) as well as an "Owner’s Cellar’ with “low mark-ups” on extremely rare wines (Salon Champagne 1999, Vosne Romanee Les Hautes Maizieres DPR 1996, Chateau Palmer 1985, Opus One, Egon Muller Scharzhofberg Auslese 1999.)
The dining room
The ground floor dining room offers a menu of traditional Japanese dishes and a selection of Japanese dishes influenced by European ingredients.
The simple, wood-dominated room was designed by architect Hidetaka Morinaga and designer Yoshi Takagi. The restaurant’s main dining room has 18 covers. The ‘omakase’ sushi counter seats 6.
Cubé Restaurant and Kakurega Bar is open now at 4 Blenheim Street, London W1S 1LB.
Restaurant: Tuesday — Saturday 12—2.30pm / 6pm — last orders 10.30pm.
Kakurega Bar opening times are the same as the restaurant with last orders at 11pm.
Closed Sunday and Monday.