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The Araki

The Araki

London, United Kingdom

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Description The Araki is a sushi restaurant run by Japanese chef Mitsuhiro Araki which opened in London in 2014. It was awarded two stars in the 2016 Michelin Guide for the UK and Ireland.DescriptionChef Mitsuhiro Araki had previously run a restaurant in Tokyo called Araki for which he held three Michelin stars, but chose to close it in February 2013 in order to pursue a new challenge. He had considered New York, Paris, and Singapore, but chef Joël Robuchon suggested London to him. The move took three years to organise.The interior of the restaurant, designed by the Takenaka Corporation, features a counter made from 200-year-old cypress wood gifted to Araki by Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. That counter is divided from the kitchen by a pair of green curtains, and the overall look of the interior is based upon the architecture of the Japanese Edo period. There are only fifteen seats - nine at the counter and six in a private dining room. The restaurant formed part of a £250 million redevelopment of the combined office and retail space at Burlington Street.FareThe restaurant offers a single choice of a set menu consisting of eleven courses, with two sittings taking place each evening. Araki has modified the style of sushi he has made to take into account European produce, such as salmon sushi, Cornish squid, and langoustines. Other dishes include similar designs to those he used at his previous restaurant, but from sources within Europe, such as his signature tuna sashimi, in which he serves three different cuts of the fish.

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