Fabulous Fragrances From GRAFF

Fabulous Fragrances From GRAFF

 

 

 

 

 

Synonymous with the most exquisite jewels in the world, GRAFF needs no introduction; and, with the House making its debut in the realm of fine fragrance is set to become one of the ultimate perfume houses as it branches into this new lifestyle offering outside of jewellery.

Built on a reputation of cutting and polishing some of the rarest rough diamonds known to date before transforming them through master craftsmanship and a meticulous amount of detail, GRAFF remains the pioneer in faceting the industry today through its innovative approach and age-old tradition.

 

The same level of perfection is conveyed through its inaugural fragrance collection, Lesedi la Rona, an extraordinary collection of six fragrances echoing the codes of the house and featuring some of the rarest ingredients from around the globe.

Lesedi La Rona is at the pinnacle of Graff’s masterful creations and remains as one of the greatest diamonds to this day. Translating as ‘our light’ in Tswana, the iconic 302-carat principal diamond was one of 62 stones cut and polished from an incredible 1,109 rough diamond found and sourced in Botswana.

 

 

 

 

Lending its name to the fragrance collection, Lesdei La Rona inspires the masterful design of the crystal bottle that houses each fragrance in the form of an emerald shaped flacon bearing the contours of this extraordinary stone with each bottle featuring the emblematic Graff logo.

Evoking the multi-faceted beauty of the stone, the fragrance collection devised of six unique fragrances is as enchanting as the jewellery the house produces with each reflecting a different mood through its precious ingredients.

The first in the collection, Lesedi La Rona I, emulates old-school glamour in a beautifully refined mix of powdery notes, this woody floral defines elegance and features notes of pink peppercorn, patchouli and leather making it a mysteriously sophisticated scent.

 

 

Equally as timeless, fragrances II and III both take on romanticised facades, through decadently luxurious notes. II embodies Moroccan neroli oil and petitgrain, paired with a warm base of cashmeran and vanilla bean extract.

The third in the line, III is just as opulent emanating citrusy notes of bergamot and precious saffron which is fused with violet and rose de Grasse giving it a powerful elegance.

Captivating and alluring; the other fragrances in the collection are both sensual and addictive; each differing in its own uniqueness yet all sharing a sense of sheer indulgence.

The more gourmand fragrance in the line is IV, notes of manuka honey blossom are paired with Brazilian coffee in an almost edible mix of deliciousness.

 

 

 

Lesdei la Rona V encapsulates summer, perfect for all-year-wear, this scent elevates the sensation of being sun-drenched and the joy associated with it, bergamot and neroli blossom is enriched with radiant amber and warm vanilla notes.

Lastly, the sixth fragrance, Lesedi La Rona VI is a woodier oud, rare and artisan, orchids open with notes of jasmine and orange blossom adding a sense of classicism and stronger Indian oud creating depth to this powerful scent.

Available individually or as a set of six presented in a case complete with a hidden jewellery compartment, prices from £270 exclusively at Harrods and online at Harrods.com

 

Text By Jaz Grewal

TUMI’s Spring 2020 Collection

TUMI’s Spring 2020 Collection

 

 

Having curated a capsule of voyage-ready pieces for the well-travelled, TUMI’s collection for Spring 2020 sees the brand’s affinities with cutting-edge design and innovation crossed with neon colours and sustainable goods in a range of travel accessories, leather goods and luggage.

 

 

 

Pioneering in its aesthetic, TUMI’s first collection made from recycled materials, TUMI Merge is the brand’s answer to the fast-evolving travel industry and demand for more environmentally considerate practices.

Comprised of post-industrial recycled nylon and post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, the stylish line of suitcases are sleek, sustainable and hard-wearing. With a core offering in black and more seasonal colourways of Greys mixed with Lime Greens and Reds, the line epitomises modernity.

 

 

 

Joining Merge, TUMI has also added to its Alpha 3, V4 and 19 Degree Aluminium collections extending its extensive span of jet-set luggage.

Elevating the sophistication of the timeless 19 Degree Aluminium line, TUMI has developed a seasonal Blush colour for Spring 2020, which evokes a feminine accent complemented by brown leather detailing and a custom-designed luggage tags.

Over on the accessories front, the brand continues its ethos of producing luxurious utilitarian goods for everyday use and this is evoked through the addition of its newest offerings for both men and women this season.

 

 

 

The Devoe collection takes on an elegant silhouette in a lightweight yet chic fabric with well-thought features throughout the collection ranging from a water bottle pocket design and spacious zip compartments accommodating everyday essentials. With shapes ranging from the Sterling Backpack and its larger Meadow counterpart set to fit a laptop, the line offers both style and practicality. More feminine pieces include the stylish Hope Tote which comes in an adjustable size and the Gem Crossbody bag perfectly poised to be worn on-the-go.

 

 

 

Emulating the brand’s expert workmanship and design, Turin is TUMI’s latest offering of timeless bags crafted from supple Italian leather featuring cutting-edge details in versatile backpack and briefcase shapes. Aimed at the refined man, the premium collection see details including embossing, shiny nickel hardware and double zip pockets.

 

Text By Jaz Grewal

Chinti & Parker Pops-Up at Bicester Village

Chinti & Parker Pops-Up at Bicester Village

 

 

Much-loved London-based Chinti & Parker has opened a pop-up store in Bicester Village perfectly timed for spring and to coincide with International Women’s Day offering a capsule of some of the brand’s iconic knits, tees and elevated wardrobe staples.

Established just back in 2009 by cousins Anna Singh and Rachael Wood, Chinti & Parker was founded with a core offering of effortless contemporary wear designed to empower women and balance master craftsmanship with the playful and free-spirited ethos echoed throughout its collections.

 

 

 

Spanning across stylish daywear in luxe fabrics and thoughtfully designed separates, the Bicester Village pop-up will run for three months and evokes the edgy-yet-refined aesthetic the brand is at affinity with.

Marking the pop-up, Chinti & Parker has launched a line of limited-edition repurposed knits constructed from the surplus cashmere yarns leftover from previous seasons. Luxurious and sustainable, the collection sees three versatile shapes produced in a palette of vivid bright colours and have been produced in small quantities exclusively available from the store.

 

 

 

 

Bicester Village is conveniently located just 46 minutes from London and is home to over 130 boutiques from the finest designer brands in the world all with savings of up to 60% off the Recommended Retail Price all year round.

Celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2015, the village is one of eleven Chic Outlet Shopping villages in Europe. Offering a VIP shopping experience, Bicester Village can also arrange hands-free shopping, valet parking and has recently opened a VIP Lounge that can be booked in advance upon request.

 

 

Since opening in 1995, Bicester has become the ultimate designer outlet centre in Europe and receives new stock on a daily basis with most of the stores carrying a new collection each season.

 

 

 

 

The easiest way to reach Bicester Village is via its own train station, connecting visitors from London Marylebone to the village in just 46 minutes, the station was part of a £130 million investment to create new links between Oxford and London.

The Chinti & Parker pop up is open from now and will run for three months, prices for the Repurposed Collection start from £125

Text By Jaz Grewal

www.chintiandparker.com

Dining and Drinking with Height at Bōkan

Dining and Drinking with Height at Bōkan

 

 

 

Artisanal dining meets skyline views in the heart of Canary Wharf at Bōkan, a stylishly modern restaurant, cocktail bar and terrace offering an elegantly refined yet relaxed take on fine dining.

 

 

 

Occupying floors 37-39 of 40 Marsh Wall (The Novotel London Canary Wharf), the Docklands-inspired interiors of this sophisticated space evokes industrial chic with quirky touches adding depth and character to the restaurant and bar. Large antique mirrors are adorned throughout the space and the use of timber and steel evoke the accents of the history of the surrounding docks.

 

 

 

 

Bōkan 37, the dining floor of the space sees the innovative cuisine of Guillaume Gillan, formerly trained by Joël Robuchon champion a curated menu of European dishes combined with the flair of British influence using UK-sourced ingredients sustainably sourced from some of the country’s finest farmers and producers.

Innovation and culinary excellence are at the core of the seasonally changing menu at Bōkan 37 which is designed to maximise the flavour of each ingredient in a move to reduce food waste. Available either à la carte or through a choice of chef’s tasting menus, the food here is done to absolute perfection and ranges from locally sourced meat, fish and vegetable based dishes.

 

 

 

Some seasonal favourites on the menu range from poached lobster with blueberry sauce, celery juice and fresh pasta through to one of the restaurants signature dishes, a giant scallop Josper cooked, served with a burned calcot winter black truffle and Hackney Culatello ham.

Well-thought and complementary to each course, an optional wine flight can also be added on to tasting menu options from a handpicked edit chosen by sommelier Nelson Sintrao which adds to the experience.

 

 

 

 

Cocktail-wise, Bōkan certainly doesn’t disappoint, perfect for pre or post dinner drinks (or for just drinks) two floors are dedicated to Bar 38 and Terrace 39, with both offering unrivalled views of the London’s skyline from above. With both offering an innovative mix of drinks created by some of the capital’s top bartenders and mixologists, one can take in the delights of expertly blended drinks, chilled lounge music against the sublime backdrop of the city below.

 

 

 

 

Open daily, Bōkan 37 serves dinner from 18:00 to 22:00 and is open for brunch over the weekends and reservations can be made online or by phone. Bar 38 and Terrace 39 are both open daily from 12:00 on a walk-in basis only.

Text By Jaz Grewal

www.bokanlondon.co.uk

The Perfect Country Retreat Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

The Perfect Country Retreat Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

 

 

 

Set amongst the idyllic scenery of rural Oxfordshire, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is part of the Belmond group and offers guests a picturesque retreat alongside the gastronomic delights under the direction of Chef Patron, Raymond Blanc OBE.

 

 

 

Situated just 8 miles from the heart of Oxford and within easy reach of London, Le Manoir is an intimate hotel comprising of 32 rooms and suites, each decadently decorated and savouring the world-class hospitality the property is so well-renowned for.

 

 

 

 

One is instantly immersed into the Japanese and orchard gardens surrounding this stunning hotel upon arrival, and the serenity of this family-friendly countryside retreat is conveyed through small personal touches from presenting children with a chef teddy bear to ensure rooms are prepared to the exacting preferences of guests.

 

 

 

Acting as a key characteristic of Belmond Le Manoir, the gardens are complemented by eye-catching water features adorning the English Water Garden and the seasonal produce grown in the Organic Kitchen Garden. Daily tours are offered of the eleven gardens as well as the chance for guests to participate in the Gardening School, a hands-on chance to learn how to grow their own plants in a relaxed, informal atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

Championing the culinary delights of two-Michelin starred Raymond Blanc, the restaurant at Le Manoir has retained its reputation for gastronomic excellence for more than 30 years and stands as one of the finest dining experiences in the world.

Open to both residents and guests, the restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner serving a seasonally changing menu of local produce with the innovative flair of Blanc and his team at the heart of the experience. A variety of menus catering to all tastes, Le Manoir offers menus ranging from three to seven courses and also features five and seven-course vegetarian menus as well as an extensive wine list designed to complement the food served.

 

 

 

 

Enhancing the journey of exquisite gourmand discovery, Le Manoir is also home to the legendary Raymond Blanc Cookery School giving guests an insight into the extraordinary cooking techniques and delicacies Blanc continues to be inspired by.

Opulently furnished rooms and suites set the tone for the 15th-Century Townhouse Manor – come hotel, with most of the rooms boasting the scenic views of the courtyard or gardens. Plush bedding and deep tones of rouge evoke the romanticism of Le Manoir; suites come with Victorian free-standing baths and residencies are on the larger size with Deluxe Rooms spanning over 22m2 and larger suites with up to a generous 75m2 of floor space.

Text By Jaz Grewal

www.belmond.com/LeManoir/Oxfordshire

The Suite Living by Crissy Brookshire

The Suite Living by Crissy Brookshire

 

 

 

Born and raised in a small Texas Town, Crissy has to date enjoyed an eclectic and creative working life that has spanned the worlds of tech, music, photography, film and PR.

Her career has seen her working across the United States, from being a publicist in New York to a computer tech specialist in Dallas, and photographer and production manager in LA. Crissy’s life has been a powerful and colourful journey where each opportunity has evolved into the next one.

 

 

 

 

Currently, Crissy divides her time between her investments in real estate, a fast-growing liquor company and independent film produc- tion where she has recently invested in acclaimed independent film Mapplethorpe about the incredible life journey of infamous photogra- pher Robert Mapplethorpe.

Above all Crissy has a huge passion for travel both across the United States, and internationally. Along with her partner Iris, Crissy credits her travels for “Feeding her adventurous soul”.

Here Crissy joins us to share some of her trips and tips with our Berkeley Bespoke readers.

 

Home is……?

Texas. I lived all over the United States and I love so much of it but Texas is home. I grew up in a small town outside of Houston. In my thirties I lived in Austin a few years between stints in LA. But Dallas, is where I finally decided to put down roots. I moved here around five years ago and built my dream house. As much as my spirit calls to me to roam it’s nice to have a home base with close family and friends.

What is your favourite bar/restaurant ?

At home in Dallas my favourite restaurant is Uchi. Chef Tyson Cole started this twist on Japanese food and sushi in Austin but now has restaurants in Houston and Dallas. The food is so different–it’s an up scale Japanese with very unusual plates. I love the Hama chilli,apiece of yellow tail in a ponzu broth with citrus and Thai chili-the flavours blow up in your mouth. Also,the foie gras sushi with a sip of sauternes might be the greatest bite/sipof food and drink on the planet. www.uchidallas.com

My favourite bar locally is Black Swan. Master mixologist Gabe Sanchez runs this hidden gem in theDallas arts district Deep Ellum. The best way to order in his bar is to tell him your favourite spirit and whether you like it sweet, sour,or straight. www.blackswansaloon.com

Out side of theUS,I would sayNino in Rome, Italy near the Spanish steps.It is traditional Roman cuisine at its best. The penne arrabbiata is my favourite but start with the artichokes Romano and white beans and tuna you won’t regret it.

Lastly, there is this hideaway bar in the Beaumont hotel in London. It is reserved only for guests of the hotel and seats very few people. To order a drink you ring a bell and a bartender appears to make your drink and then disappears behind a wall. Great place for a nightcap before bed

Where would you head to on a first date?

Always to dinner. If I want to know something about somebody I will take them somewhereadventurous to eat. If we are going to get along you can’t be a picky eater! I also feel that you can tella lot about a person by the way they treat a waiter.

What do you enjoy most about travel?

People always ask where my favourite place is, the answer is some where I haven’t been. For me, traveling it is about finding something new,afresh experience and new perspective on people or food and culture. Traveling is an adventure that takes you out of your“normal”and makes you think about other people and how they live.It’s also the best way to learn history. I enjoy taking private tours with personal guides. It really helps you get the unique stories of a place.But I also love to wander… getting lost in the streets can be the best part of a trip.

What are your travel essentials ?

#1 aBIG suitcase!!But my best travel tipis to bring something fancy to wear.Just having it creates an opportunity to do something special. Especially when you travel with a concierge service. They are excellent at creating one of a kind experiences like last minute opera tickets, a5-star restaurant reservations and backstage VIP experiences. If you are prepared for the unexpected to happen be prepared in the best possible way.

Where is next on your list?

Top of my bucket list is Aurora Borealis the Northern Lights, because well…… they are spectacular. Also, India because I love the food and the culture. The Maldives is also on my shortlist–I’ve seen the pictures!Finally,I am getting fit and ready to head to South America for some hiking and in particular am planning to visit Machu picchu

Apart from travel, what are you most passionate about?

LGBTQ+ issues are my biggest passion.I am helping my partner Iris launch her new company JunoApparel. She has created a whole new line of swimwear for people who fall in to the gender-neutral territory. It’s an important is sue for me as I have always been a very masculine presenting woman and I felt uncomfortable in the current offering of women’s swimwear. Iris reliazed there was a hole in the swimwear industry for people like me. She has come up with some amazing lyforward-thinking swim suits that have compression and comfort but don’t read as either masculine or feminine and I even think people outside the LGBTQ+communities are also going to like this line. They are very fashion forward and super comfortable for people who want some structure,coverage,and fashion when they swim.www.junoapparel.com

What makes someone a true Texan?

Pride. I don’t know what it is about Texans but despite our difference we all seems to have a deep connection to our state. We will plaster the shape of our state on just about anything from swimming pools to bar-b-que sauce bottles. Our state also has a deep history with Mexico and I’d challenge anyone to find a single town without at least oneTex-Mex restaurants.When I get homesick it can only be cured by chicken fried steak with cream gravy or a plate of cheese enchiladas

What has been your best trip and what is your best memory of travel?

Although I have had may wonderful trips over the years, I would say that this past year when I travelled with my co producers of Mapplethorpe to 8 countries in 2 months for the European film festival tour. We visited Warsaw, Amsterdam, Bologna, Thessaloniki, Cork, Stockholm, London, and Porto. As we travelled, we took care to immerse ourselves in each country’s specific food, drink, art,and culture. We had the most wonderful experience and I hope we get to do it again with future films.

Tell us about a hidden gem you have uncovered on your travels?

There are so many!! Sometimes it would be a no name restaurant in a farmer’s market in Bologna or a taco truck in Mexico. You can often find something really good in the most unmemorable place I love that sense of exploration and adventure. I think it’s important to follow your instincts when traveling and let something happen unplanned. Those are the memories that are just for you and are hard to find in a travel guide. The “we were so tired and just walked into this little restaurant…” stories.

What projects are you pursuing at the moment?

I am continuing to work with the team who made Mapplethorpe happen. We are in the very early stages about a new movie that will be about a bridge club– I can’t reveal too much but it will certainly be an insightful take on a quirky wonderful culture!! I am also continuing to work with with Candy Signature Cocktails which has been hugely successful in Texas and hopefully will soon be taking of fin a huge way nationally.

What does BESPOKE mean to you?

Custom to the stitching. In travel it means every step of travel is planned out ahead of time and so I know that my plane, car and hotel are all going to happen seamlessly I don’t have to worry, then I am free to enjoy myself and have an adventure. You feel secure just as like when you have a bespoke suit that fits perfectly.

When I travel with the Berkeley Travel team I can relax because they have an attention to detail that is second to none. Plus, I know when I arrive, I’m going to have a case of water, a bottle of my favourite tequila, Don Julio 1942, and a beautiful flowers arrangement in my suite!

Bespoke is an attention to detail that makes you feel confident. You don’t have to think about the details because they just happen. Mapplethorpe is scheduled for UK theatrical release this September. Updates available on Facebook and Instagram @mapplethorpemovie

 

Refik Anadol’s Art of Perfection: Data Painting

Refik Anadol’s Art of Perfection: Data Painting

 

 

 

Commissioned by Muse, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, Turkish-born media artist Refik Anadol has curated a unique work of digital art evoking the colours of every Rolls-Royce motor car created at Goodwood over the last decade.

 

 

 

 

Making its world premiere during Frieze Los Angeles, the one-off creation will be publicly presented at The Peninsula Beverly Hills for a week before being displayed during Geneva Motor Show next month.

 

 

 

 

Set to be permanently displayed at the home of Rolls-Royce, the unique piece namely Art of Perfection: Data Painting is comprised of an LED ‘canvas’ depicting a data painting of data captured from Goodwood’s Surface Finish Centre referencing the colour of each motor car produced over the last ten years.

 

 

 

 

This vivid use of data is paralleled with information collated from the robotic motions that go into applying the marque’s flagship surface finish to each car to curate the incredible visuals surrounding the canvas. Embodying the complications that master artisans face in an increasingly computerised world, Anadol’s work captures the level of skill and craftsmanship that continues to be at affinity with the prestigious manufacturer.

Text by Jaz Grewal

www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com

British Airways Unveils Enhanced Benefits For Premium Travellers

British Airways Unveils Enhanced Benefits For Premium Travellers

 

 

Following an investment of more than £400m, British Airways has rolled out an array of new offerings for passengers travelling in the airline’s premium cabins.

With perks both in the air and at the airport, the developments have seen improvements from serving the finest gastronomy in the air and offering the latest generation of Wi-Fi on both long and short-haul flights.

 

 

 

 

One of the key focuses of the investment is BA’s exclusive airline lounges which marks the introduction of an exclusive new First Wing dedicated to First customers when checking in at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. For the first time, passengers travelling First will be able to enjoy direct access to the Galleries First Lounge and Concorde Room via a two-lane security channel.

 

 

 

 

Giving greater privacy to First and Gold Executive Club customers, the exclusive space acts as a combined check-in area and fast track channel allowing customers to enjoy the facilities of the newly revamped Concorde Room, First Lounge and Elemis Travel Spa.

Gatwick has also seen the regeneration of its lounge offering which now sits amongst the newer complex of the South Terminal. Boasting views of the runway, the First and Club lounges span over 40% more space than the former spaces over in the North Terminal and feature refreshed furnishings.

 

 

 

 

Enhancing the airline’s offering in the air too, Club World sees the introduction of gourmet dining in the sky with a fresh approach to BA’s in-flight catering which sees changes geared towards today’s discerning traveller such as food trolleys displaying starters and deserts in a refined boutique approach for travellers to choose from.

Other plans include the renovations of the lounges across the likes of Rome, Geneva, San Francisco and Johannesburg and the implementation of Wi-Fi across all long-haul flights.

 

Text by Jaz Grewal

An Aegean Retreat at The Myconian Utopia

An Aegean Retreat at The Myconian Utopia

 

 

A bohemian paradise in the heart of Mykonos, the Myconian Utopia takes a privileged location set amongst the cliffs overlooking the pristine sands of Elia Beach.

One of five Myconian Hotels situated within the proximity of the beach out of the nine within the collection, the Myconian Utopia brings together a cosmopolitan vibe against modern aesthetics reflecting Greek influence.

 

 

 

Cool neutrals and muted tones of whites and greys set the tone for this intimate hotel featuring 45 rooms and 25 suites along with an infinity pool overlooking the sea, restaurant, state-of-the-art gym and spa complete with Thalassotherapy pools.

Guests staying at the Myconian also benefit from the added convenience of use of all of the facilities at the neighbouring Myconian hotels as well as an hourly shuttle service to and from Mykonos Town.

 

 

 

The hotels within the collection feature access to a private stretch of beach along Elia as well as the exclusive use of a helipad enabling guests to arrive by helicopter or take advantage of the numerous excursions offered by the group.

Spacious and contemporary in design, rooms accommodate three guests with the larger Grand Majestic categories suitable for up to five guests in the two-bedroom category and up to thirteen guests in the five-bedroom living space comprising of 270m2 of interior space.

Well-equipped, many of the rooms throughout the property offer sea-facing balconies with select categories also available with the option of a private plunge pool or Jacuzzi.

 

 

 

Evoking the Grecian design accents echoed throughout the hotel, each of the accommodations are furnished with Mediterranean furniture and encompass ancient Greek styling.

Staying at Utopia, one can also expect to receive the world-class hospitality the Myconian Collection is so well known for, guest services offered by the hotel include 24hr room service, Butler service with villas, a packing and unpacking service and organising pre-arrival arrangements.

 

 

 

Other highlights of the Myconian Utopia include its all-day-dining restaurant Pavilion championing Greek gastronomy, it is well-positioned adjacently to the pool and serves a contemporary menu taking influence from Mediterranean and Greek cuisine.

A daily American buffet breakfast, twice-daily maid service and complimentary sunbeds are just a few of the noteworthy extras that keep this property at the top of the little black book for today’s discerning traveller.

Text by Jaz Grewal

www.myconianutopia.gr

 

Authentic Japanese Dining at Akira

Authentic Japanese Dining at Akira

Taking a prime location on the top floor of London’s cultural hub Japan House, Akira, the eponymous restaurant by Akira Shimizu offers an innovative take on Japanese cuisine presented in a stylish and refined space overlooking Kensington High Street.

 

A contemporary yet unpretentious interior sets the tone for this modern eatery designed by Katayama Masamichi, diners can expect to be immersed in the elegance of the space evoking a traditional doma in a nod to the Japanese philosophy of place and home.

 

 

 

Aesthetically pleasing, Akira echoes the epitome of chic with its muted black ceiling and immaculate concrete floors which are complemented by bespoke woodwork, ceramic and sleek glassware. Oozing monochromatic style, the space feels contemporary and authentic which adds to the overall experience either sat on the main restaurant floor or at the popular open kitchen counter with its insightful hands-on immersion with the chefs at work.

 

 

 

 

Gastronomically, Akira certainly doesn’t disappoint, precision and the upmost attention to detail is invested in the appeasing menu of authentic Japanese which is influenced by modern European accents and Shimizu’s natural flair on modern cuisine. A curation of imaginative bento boxes, avant-garde sushi and robata-grilled dishes, the menu is centred around presenting the best ingredients in artfully thought out pairings of meat, vegetables and fish.

Served a la carte or through one of Akira’s Omakase menus, the theatre of the culinary delights adds fusion and excitement, once can expect to be served robata dishes sizzling on specially-crafted lava stones and the much-loved bento boxes synonymous with the restaurant are reminiscent of jewellery boxes filled with creatively produced sushi and sashimi.

 

 

Favourites on the menu range from speciality osozai and sashimi featuring the likes of salmon with fish eggs to wagyu beef adorned with truffle & cheese. Easy-to-navigate, the menu is divided into sushi/sashimi, rice/noodles dishes, appetisers, hot plates and larger robata grill dishes.

 

 

 

An array of Japanese classics are fused with an enticing European twist, think Japanese-style fish & chips and crab croquettes filled with cream. Offering separate menus for both lunch and dinner, highlights for those dining a la carte include the miso pork belly and the very tempting skewers chicken, wasabi & cheese.

Akira is open daily and can be booked online or by phone for lunch and dinner.

Text by Jaz Grewal

www.japanhouselondon.co.uk