Aaron Burgess-Smith and Tony Lam, the people behind critically acclaimed Kanada-Ya are proud to announce the reopening of Machiya restaurant on Panton Street, just over one year after its closure due to the pandemic
The restaurant has been a key part of London’s food scene for over 4 years, and is now bringing Londoners a new way to enjoy the best Japanese ingredients and produce.
With a focus on sharing plates and grazing for groups, the menu is centred around lesser-known, lighter dishes and a traditional palate. Some examples are:
- Pork Belly Nikujaga: Japan’s answer to stew and an example of Yōshoku – dishes with Western origins that have been adapted to the Japanese palate
- Yaki Salmon Belly: a simple dish using the belly cut of the fish for a rich and melting texture which allows the fish to shine.
- Aubergine Dengaku: a very traditional dish of white-miso glazed aubergine and walnuts
Machiya’s most popular dishes such as Wagyu Katsu, Grilled Eel Unajyu and Gyudon have been improved and remain on the menu, while guests with a sweet tooth are able to select their dessert from a succinct yet impressive dessert menu featuring Matcha Mille Crepe and Matcha & White Chocolate Fondant.
A concise but focused sake menu has also been drawn up, concentrating on both affordability and drinkability, with every selection available by the glass. The much-loved fruit sakes and Japanese whiskies also feature on the drinks list – alongside the staples there will be one special bottling on rotation. A selection of Japanese craft beers, wines and soft drinks are also available.
Dishes range from £6 to £18 with the new menu.