Restaurant Review: Sachi

By Georgie Bentley-Buckle

3 years ago

Nordic design meets Japanese cuisine at Sachi in Belgravia

This summer Belgravia welcomed Sachi: a new restaurant situated at Pantechnicon on Motcomb Street. Hidden in the barrel-vaulted lower-ground floor and featuring abstract Japanese artwork, Sachi is cited as the new home of Nordic and Japanese creativity. Explore never seen before dishes washed down with rare Japanese whiskies and sakes from their sexy late-night bar inspired by Tokyo’s secret speakeasies. Here’s Georgie Bentley-Buckle‘s review.

Restaurant Review: Sachi

Sachi (translating as ‘happiness’ in Japanese) delves that bit deeper into Japan’s edible landscape with new dishes from Japan’s Hokkaido, Osaka and Fukuoka regions that celebrate local creations in a calm, intriguing space. Intimate date night or friendly catch-up? Either way, Sachi has the setting for you. Watch the chefs doing what they do best at the eight-seater sushi counter, or choose to hide away or in one of their booths for a carousel of dishes that will keep you on your toes with some surprising Nordic twists.


Suitably sustainable, Sachi’s local and seasonal ingredients include Japanese greens grown nearby in Sussex, high-quality meat from British farms, organically reared Scottish trout and UK produced wasabi. Served on handcrafted Japanese ceramics, chopsticks and wooden bowls, Sachi offers an array of sharing-style dishes. These include ‘Hotate no chōri’, a fusion of scallops, artichoke, and yuzu with fermented grains; ‘Suzuki Usuzukuri’, a delicate combination of seabass, lava salt, sea and buckthorn; and ‘Robusutā Nama Harumaki’, lobster, kohlrabi (wild cabbage) and cucumber with mugi miso.


It is, however, Sachi’s sushi and sashimi that impressed us the most. The restaurant’s offering is prepared using line-caught fish at the sushi counter, shining a light on its knowledge for authentic Japanese food. For the best possible experience, allow the team to recommend sashimi, nigiri or sushi maki based on the fish they have to hand that day.

The sense of theatre at Sachi leads onto hot dishes which feature premium meats from the UK’s doorstep. Transformed into Japanese creations, choose from ‘Butaniku’, a beautifully succulent pork belly and barley miso dish with radish; or ‘Toriniku’, a chicken dish with kanzuri (a traditional Japanese chilli paste), shio koji fermented rice and peach. Vegan diners, meanwhile, will be pleased to know that Sachi has a plant-based selection of nigiri too.


The Pantechnicon building includes a design-led retail space, café, roof garden bar and partnering Nordic restaurant. Head chef Collin Hudston of Dinings and Roka has created the menu for Sachi, alongside Pantechnicon’s executive chef Chris Golding (previously Nobu, Zuma and also Dinings). The duo has teamed up with fluent Japanese speaker general manager Lorenzo Cannavina, the perfect candidate who spent years living in the country.

Chef’s selection of sashimi starts at £19 for 9 cuts of 3 fish.


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