Murakami, Covent Garden
It feels a little as though you’ve walked into some kind of enchanted forest as you enter Murakami. There are beautiful stretches of dark polished wood, slate and stone surfaces and an entire wall covered in live moss. Sit in the window and watch theatre goers and tourists file down St Martin’s Lane, or cosy up in a darker corner with a view of the Robata grill and sushi counter magic.
This is dream date food – order together and dishes will appear in sequence, beautifully presented and light yet satisfying. The marinated tuna salad has a zesty twist with pink grapefruit, whilst the Yellow Tail sashimi has a butter like texture. Non fish fans will find excellent duck breast rolls and for a refreshing dessert you must try the Yuzu sorbet. Share a bottle of the Sauvignon, then head to the newly refurbished St Martin’s Lane hotel for a night cap at Blind Spot.
Don’t meet at Leicester Square tube station. It’s a hive of horribleness and there are a million exits. Reserve a table and meet at your seat. Dinner will be a dream and if things get giddy, stay here and take a flashing rickshaw home. If you want to extend, Blind Spot is mere steps away.
The speed at which the pedestrians in the area walk.