New from renowned seven-Michelin star holding chef, Yoshihiro Morata, Tokimeite opened a couple of months ago in London’s stylish Mayfair. The food served at Tokimeite (authentic Japanese cuisine) is what Morata specialises in – his two hugely successful restaurants in Tokyo and Kyoto serve similar grub and have been awarded the seven stars between them.
The specialty here is the wagyu beef, so save up your red meat allowance for this dinner, because the beef dishes really are the star of the show. To start, try the wagyu tartare with chives and wasabi yuzu sesame sauce. The wasabi is uncharacteristically delicate and complements the richness of the beef beautifully. The other starter that’s a must is the Renkon Hasami Age: fried lotus root with prawn and fish filling. Out came a plate of firm, starchy lotus root packed full of delicate, gently spiced seafood. The seven kinds of sashimi is also a must. Expect finely sliced sets of salmon, tuna and bass presented with wasabi, soy sauce and ginger. The prawn tempura was slightly disappointing, but I wouldn’t expect much from a dish like that anyway – it was the one dish my friend was allowed to order.
For main, order the wagyu shoyuyaki rump steak, it has been marinated in soy sauce before being chargrilled to rosy perfection. The main of Sumiyaki salmon confit was also a triumph – the salmon, in all its slow cooked glory, was rich, powerful and hot pink in colour. Some sushi was ordered, but surprisingly it didn’t blow us away, particularly not the recommended signature of wagyu tartare truffle maki, which was just a bit much.
We played it safe with dessert and shared the Shoyu caramel ringo tatin with caramel ice cream, which was nothing more than a good apple tarte tatin and, in all honesty, could’ve done with a little less caramel.
Overall the meal impressed, but on my visit the restaurant was still finding its feet. I’ll definitely give it another go (in the hope that the service has improved and they’ve expanded the wine list). Until then: Morata, welcome to London.
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