There are certain words that immediately evoke images of luxury, decadence and sophistication when you hear them. Perhaps no more than a world-famous establishment just passing by Annabels.
Since opening in 1963 Annabels is synonymous with high society and glamour. To have played host to everyone Elizabeth Taylor to Prince William, it has been one of the most popular hotspots for generations. Perhaps the reason for its longevity, alongside the world-famous Je ne sais quoi, is that it has always moved with the times.
And when it moved from the old address of 46 Berkeley Square to 44, it was as if the exclusive members’ club were being reborn into something even bigger.Annabels‘ than the original. It’s no surprise, then, that the ever-evolving club has launched its newest addition. A restaurant called The Japanese.
Of course, we use the term restaurant rather loosely. As with all things Annabels, it’s not just a culinary experience, it’s a totally immersive experience. A space that envelops all the senses – all at once. The JapaneseLocated on the second floor of the 26,000 square foot club, offers both members and members’ guests a dining experience unparalleled in terms of culinary quality.
In a stunning transformation, The Elephant Bar on the club’s first floor has been transformed into an elegant and contemporary Japanese dining space. Traditional Japanese prints and decorations, including antique rugs and sumptuous hand-blown Murano glass chandeliers, have been reimagined for the bar’s existing interiors. Turquoise accents, ocher and terracotta velvet banquettes and hand-embroidered cushions allow visitors to relax at new low dining tables to create a balanced and sensual environment.
But in the truest sense of the word, the club is not just about looks without substance. Over the past six months, the menu has been refined to combine the finest Japanese ingredients and cooking techniques, resulting in dishes that are truly sensational. Restaurant members and guests can enjoy grilled Wagyu sirloin with fresh wasabi; tuna tataki; rock prawns & yuzu kosho; eggplant, kinome miso and tomato; seaweed salad; Apple; Thinly sliced sea bass yuzu truffle dressing and matcha eclairs with cherries.
The drinks menu includes a curated selection of the world’s finest sakes and sochu, as well as a selection of the world’s finest and rarest champagnes, which will be available by the glass for the first time Annabels Thanks to Coravin. There will also be a variety of Japanese whiskies, including an extremely rare bottle of Yamazaki 55, of which only four bottles are known to have existed anywhere in Europe.
The book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi is the source of inspiration for the signature cocktail menu, reinterpreted in the Five Rings (five chapters of the book) to showcase cocktails such as the Flames of Tokyo, made with Suntory Toki Whisky, Flame Shrub and Nori Leaf Oils, topped with Soda water; and the Airbender, which is made with Ki No Bi Sei Gin, Honjozo sake, Japanese spice syrup, absinthe, and apple, and topped with soda.
With everything from the decoration to the menu to the cocktails, The Japanese at Annabels will be one of the most talked about dining experiences of 2022. The Japanese at Annabels It officially opened for dinner on July 7th and is serving lunch from July 26th.