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Matsuri St James

About Matsuri St James

In Japanese Matsuri means festival, and it’s probably fair to state that this (and it’s High Holborn sister) restaurant is a celebration of Japanese cuisine. To the Japanese, eating is more than appeasing your appetite; how a dish looks is as important as how it tastes. So, in its large softly-lit subterranean restaurant Matsuri serves the traditional flavours of sushi (amongst the best in the capital) with the modern tastes of teppanyaki, all presented with precision. Favourite set menus are Matsuri and Taiko, both three courses. Managed and staffed entirely by affable Orientals, this is as authentic a Japanese dining experience as you’re likely to enjoy in London. There’s even a huge black-haired puppet head dominating the stairway leading from the bar to the restaurant. He’s called Nebuta and he’s a traditional matsuri symbol. Or the general manager’s granddad (his joke). You decide.

Full a la carte


Edamame beans (boiled young green soybeans in the pod) - £4
Grilled salted corn-fed chicken thigh (with spring onion and garlic oil) - £8.00
Soft shell crab - £8
Spicy fresh tuna tartar - £8
Grilled aubergine dengaku(topped with sweet miso paste) - £6
Chicken Yakitori (corn-fed chicken and onions grilled on a skewer) - £4.50

Main Course

Seafood deluxe (crab, eel, tuna, scallop, prawn, squid and white fish) - £40
Scottish beef julienne with teriyaki sauce - £17
Duck with teriyaki orange sauce - £20
Scottish fillet and foie gras - £33
Scallops served in the shell - £18
Prawn tempura - £9
Dobin mushi (clear soup with corn-fed chicken and seafood in a Dobin pot) - £5.50


Fireball ice-cream - £6
Fireball mango and ice-cream - £6
Green tea ice-cream - £3.50
Tropical fruits - £5.50

Additional Information


15 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AL

Nearest tube:

Green Park
A selection of chef’s menus are available from £35 - £80

Average Price:

£55 - £64

Opening times:

Mon - Sat 12pm - 2:30pm & 6pm - 10:30pm
Sun 12pm - 3pm & 6pm - 10pm

Dress Code:

Smart casual

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