There are certain words that just by hearing them immediately evoke images of luxury, decadence, and refinement. Perhaps no more so than a world-famous establishment that simply goes by Annabel’s.
Since its doors first opened in 1963, Annabel’s has been synonymous with high society and glamour. Having played host to everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Prince William, it has been one of the go-to hotspots for generations. Perhaps the reason for its longevity, other than that world-famous je ne sais quoi, is that it has always moved with the times.
And, when it moved from the old 44 Berkeley Square address to no 46, it was as if the exclusive member’s club had a rebirth into something even more “Annabel’s” than the original. It is, therefore, no surprise that the ever-evolving club has launched its latest addition. A restaurant simply called The Japanese.
Of course, we use the term restaurant rather loosely. As with all things Annabel’s, it is not just a culinary experience but a completely immersive experience. A space that envelops all the senses – all at once. The Japanese, which is located on the first floor of the 26,000-square-foot Club, offers a dining experience that is unparalleled in terms of its culinary quality for both members and the guests of members.
In a stunning transformation, ‘The Elephant Bar’ on the first floor of the Club has become an elegant and contemporary Japanese dining space. Traditional Japanese prints and decorations, including antique carpets and magnificent handblown Murano glass chandeliers, have been re-envisioned for the bar’s existing interiors. Turquoise accents, ochre, and terracotta velvet banquettes, and hand-embroidered pillows allow visitors to relax at new low-level dining tables to create a balanced and sensory environment.
But, in true fashion, the club is not all just about the visuals with no substance. Over the last six months, the menu has been refined to bring together the finest Japanese ingredients and cooking techniques, resulting in truly sensational dishes. Members and guests of the restaurant will be able to enjoy grilled Wagyu Sirloin with Fresh Wasabi; Tuna Tataki; Rock Shrimp & Yuzu Kosho; Aubergine, Kinome Miso, and Tomatoes; Seaweed Salad; Apple; Thinly Sliced Seabass & Yuzu Truffle Dressing, and Matcha Éclairs with Cherries.
The drinks menu will feature a curated selection of the world’s best sakes and sochu, in addition to an assortment of the world’s finest and rarest champagnes, which will be made available by the glass for the first time at Annabel’s thanks to Coravin. In addition, there will be a variety of Japanese whiskies available, one of which is an extremely rare bottle of Yamazaki 55, of which only four bottles are known to exist in all of Europe.
The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi is the source of inspiration for the signature cocktail menu, which has been reimagined into the five rings (five chapters of the book) to feature cocktails such as the Flames of Tokyo, which is made with Suntory Toki Whisky, Flame Shrub, Nori Leaf Oils, Topped with Soda Water; and the Airbender, which is made with Ki No Bi Sei Gin, Honjozo Sake, Japanese Spiced Cordial, Absinthe and Apple, Topped Up with Soda.
With everything from the decor to the menu to the cocktails, The Japanese at Annabel’s is set to be one of the most talked-about dining experiences of 2022. The Japanese at Annabel’s officially opened its doors for dinner on the 7th of July and will be serving lunch from the 26th of July onwards.