Roketsu London Debut

4th February 2022

Japanese Kaiseki restaurant Roketsu has openeded its debut site in London with Chef Daisuke Hayashi.

Hayashi is one of the only masters of the Kaiseki tradition globally, and the first to bring this spectacular and lesser-known form of Japanese dining to London.

Kaiseki dining, originally a traditional meal served to Buddhist monks at tea ceremonies, is a ten-course set menu centred around dashi (Japanese stock) and is guided by the flavours of seasonal ingredients.

The restaurant has just 10 seats at the counter with a maximum of 16 diners per night. Guests can “expect to be taken on a journey through unique and innovative dishes which each draw from Japanese tradition yet incorporate Western techniques.”

The seasonal menus will change monthly and are priced at £190 per person. The meal takes is three hours

Daisuke Hayashi trained at the triple Michelin starred and world renowned Kaiseki restaurant Kikunoi in Kyoto from the age of eighteen as a protégé of the owner and chef Yoshihiro Murata. Today Daisuke is at the forefront of the next generation of Japanese chefs applying a modern, progressive approach to Japanese food.

The drinks have been put together by sommelier Ryosuke Mashio who spent 13 years as head sommelier at Michelin starred Umu in London. Over 70 sakes are available by the bottle including two sakes imported exclusively for the restaurant – Kikunoi and Echigoryu as well as over 20 available by the glass. In addition, Ryosuke can advise on the menu of 350 different wines on site ranging from classic to rare and sought-after names.

Sake and wine pairing is on offer at £95, Prestige sake and wine paring at £200, and non-alcoholic pairing at £75 to fully enjoy the drinks range in the restaurant.

Kenichi Kakuta is the restaurant manager who previously worked for theHakkasan restaurant group including overseeing the Chrysan and Sake no Hana openings. He has also consulted for several high profile restaurant openings such as Kouzu, Japan House London, Tokimeite and Cube Mayfair.

The pared back and streamlined interior at Roketsu has been made in Kyoto and shipped to London, and assembled by the craftsmen from Nakamura Sotoji Komuten*, one of the world’s leading experts in the Sukiya style architecture using Japanese hinoki wood, preserved for over 100 years in Kyoto.

An additional downstairs private dining room seating six people will open in March.