A brand new Japanese dining concept is launching in London.


We have secured a 1,162 sq ft unit at 56 Old Compton Street in Soho, where leisure operator, Robatayaki will be debuting its flagship restaurant.


The restaurant, which is expected to open in February 2019, will bring the style and art of Japanese casual dining to Soho with its interpretation of izakaya culture.


Diners can look forward to being immersed in a modern izakaya setting, with an open plan kitchen and bar towards the rear, where chefs will be barbecuing a variety of skewers on a traditional robata grill.


Elsewhere on the menu, small plates and tapas will be the focus, using fresh ingredients and Japanese flair – expect to see fresh sushi, torched oysters, honey soy fillet and yuzu clams, among some of the signature dishes.


A fully-stocked bar will feature an extensive list of cocktails and sake pairings to complement the food. As with a traditional izakaya, the bar will also inject a fun, vibrant atmosphere to the venue.


A spokesman for Robatayaki, said: “Old Compton Street was the only choice when it came to a decision on where Robatayaki should be situated in the West End. The eclectic mix of dining and nightlife makes this the perfect venue to create a collaboration of Japanese food, sake and music. We are sure it will be a destination that will delight hungry crowds of locals and tourists alike.”


CDG Leisure consultants Emma Cousins and Tom Crosthwaite, who brokered the deal on behalf of the previous tenant, said: “Robatayaki will be a brilliant addition to the wonderful eating and dining offer that Soho is known for. It meets the growing demand for premium casual restaurants that deliver authentic food in a fun, attractive setting. Diners are sure to enjoy unparalleled quality in the restaurant’s interpretations of modern Japanese cuisine.

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