Michelin-starred Japanese concept to make UK debut in Soho

30th May 2024 | Jack Oliver

Kanpai Classic, which has served Japanese yakiniku across China and Taiwan for nearly two decades, is set to make its UK fine dining debut in Soho.

The 86-cover restaurant – which is set to soft-launch in mid-July – will span 4,317 sq ft across two floors.

Yakiniku is a culinary method which involves cooking bite-size meat over a charcoal flame. The Kanpai Group – which operates nine restaurants across China and Taiwan – launched its yakiniku concept in Taipei in 2005. In 2016, the group’s Shanghai Bund Store restaurant became the first Japanese yakiniku restaurant to win a Michelin star.

The restaurant will be headed up by executive chef Nicolo Bolognesi, formerly of Nobu Hotel Portman Square, whilst the drinks list will be spearheaded by the award-winning Masuizumi Brewery.

Nick Weir, joint managing partner at Shelley Sandzer, which acted on behalf of Kanpai, said: “Kanpai will be a fantastic addition to Wardour Street, bringing an exciting and distinctive offer to Soho’s bustling community of tourists, locals, and office workers. A tried and tested concept that has experienced huge success across Taiwan and China, and we are proud to have assisted Kanpai in its European debut, the latest in a long list of London debuts by leading international operators we have helped facilitate.”


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