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Wakaba offers a wide variety of Japanese food and caters for vegetarians. The decor is minimalist with big frosted windows and wood furniture.

Ranked #1157 of 5241 restaurants in London

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Sat 12:00-14:30 & 18:30-10:30
Sun closed

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Wakaba reviews

By Andrew M.

The score is given for the lunch buffet. The food at Wakaba was fresh and authentic. You don't normally pay only £6 to have a proper chef making sushi in front of you plus you also get a fair range of selection as well. I personally loved it there but if you are the kind of person that goes for fancy food and funky decor then Wakaba won't be your kind of place because it would be too "down-to-earth" for you.

By R.

We came from SW London for Wakabaand it was worth the journey. I love the John Pawson minimalist decor (one of the greats of the genre), and the food was outstanding. Apart from wonderful fresh sushi and sashimi, there is an extensive menu to suit every taste (my 11 year old son has never eaten so much!), and friendly, helpful staff. No good Japanese restaurant will be inexpensive, but Wakaba is more than value for money. An experience to be repeated.

By C.

I just returned from the worst Japanese food experience of my life! There are many better Japanese restaurants nearby, please tell all of your friends don't go here!

By S.

A well-established restaurant for more than 20 years, Wakaba is a traditional Japanese place delivering authentic cuisine and contemporary surprises.

The Venue
Wakaba’s all white decor (courtesy of architect and designer John Pawson) looks similar to the front of the Taj Mahal in all its white glory. Meanwhile the modernistic curved facade of frosted glass provides a welcome obstacle from the outside road and the panelled interior makes you feel relaxed and tranquil.

Everything is minimalist right down to the walls which act as full height, openable screens with a well-positioned backlight. The seating layout is divided by low screen walls which enclose specific areas. All the tables, chairs and floors are built of white oiled beechwood.

The Atmosphere
A little dreary, particularly during the weekdays, but this is due to the lack of diners inside. Some Japanese locals do venture in, but unfortunately Wakaba’s white interior may put off customers looking for evidence of its Eastern influences.

The Food
Oshibori, or hot wet flannels to wash your hands, are a nice touch to start off the meal. Sushi sets are recommended here as prices tend to be on the high side. Choose from a deliciously crisp crab tempura hosomaki, salmon tozasukuri or beef teriyaki. Also try the vegetables which feature crunchy broccoli with a gooey sesame paste.

There’s also a wide choice of sashimi, edamame, sunomono and nigiri from the a la carte menu which include all the usual sushi suspects. From Monday to Saturday lunchtime Wakaba have a very reasonable all you can eat buffet for around £7.00 and includes 35 different dishes such as miso soup, sushi and tempura.

The Drink
There’s a sound choice of soft drinks and hot beverages including traditional sake or a refreshing peppermint tea.

The Last Word
Although Wakaba won’t set the world alight and is significantly pricier in contrast to the many Japanese outfits that do things fresher and cheaper, it is worth a visit to taste such fine contrasts of flavours.

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