New Japanese dining concept launches in London

Advisory firm, CDG Leisure, has secured a 1,162 sq ft unit at 56 Old Compton Street in Soho, where leisure operator Robatayaki will be debuting its flagship restaurant.

The restaurant, which is expected to open in February 2019, will bring the style and art of Japanese casual dining to Soho with its interpretation of izakaya culture.

An izakaya is a type of informal Japanese pub. Izakaya establishments are usually casual places for after-work drinking and have been likened to tapas bars and Irish pubs.

Emma Cousins and Tom Crosthwaite, of CDG Leisure, who brokered the deal on behalf of the previous tenant, said: “Robatayaki will be a brilliant addition to the wonderful eating and dining offer that Soho is known for. It meets the growing demand for premium casual restaurants that deliver authentic food in a fun, attractive setting. Diners are sure to enjoy unparalleled quality in the restaurant’s interpretations of modern Japanese cuisine.”

The restaurant will have an open plan kitchen where chefs will barbecue a variety of skewers on a traditional robata grill, while the menu also consists of small plates with sushi, oysters and yuzi clams on offer.

A spokesperson for Robatayaki said: “Old Compton Street was the only choice when it came to a decision on where Robatayaki should be situated in the West End.

“The eclectic mix of dining and nightlife makes this the perfect venue to create a collaboration of Japanese food, sake and music. We are sure it will be a destination that will delight hungry crowds of locals and tourists alike.”

CDG is a collection of corporate and property advisors united to offer expert guidance to businesses across the UK.

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