Marylebone has a new ten-person kaiseki restaurant – and its hinoki-clad interiors exemplify Japanese elegance.
Everything at Roketsu, from its beautifully unfussy interiors to its ten-course menu, has been chosen with extreme care.
Chef-owner Daisuke Hayashi is a master of kaiseki – a Japanese dining tradition consisting of small, seasonal plates designed to show ingredients at their utmost – and claims he’s the first to bring an authentic experience of it to London.
Roketsu’s interiors are no less authentic, designed in a stripped-back Japanese sukiya style – often used for teahouses – which prioritises natural materials and careful proportions.
The dining room is lit by shoji lamps and lined with hinoki wood, shipped over from Kyoto and assembled by expert craftsmen. Diners are served from a cypress counter overlooking the kitchen.