Salmon + fatty tuna and avocado sushi from Sake no Hana in Mayair, London | eating gluten free in London

Sake no Hana | Eating Gluten Free in London

A gluten free friendly high end Japanese restaurant in Central London. Sake no Hana’s gluten free menu has its limits when it comes to cooked dishes, but it’s a great option for the sushi lovers!

Sake no Hana

Location: Mayfair, Central London

Address: 23 St James’s St, London, SW1A 1HA

Nearest tube station: Green Park

Cuisine: Japanese / sushi

Price: expensive

Gluten free status: gluten free friendly / good knowledge of gluten and cross-contamination

People often assume that sushi must be naturally gluten free, but no, you’d be surprised! The food industry always finds a way to sneak gluten into everything. And even when they don’t, there’s that pesky cross contamination involved. And so I was excited when I found out that Sake no Hana caters for coeliacs.

Now I admit this restaurant is on the expensive end (and this is a bit an understatement lol). Tucked in the heart of Mayfair, Sake no Hana is definitely more of an occasional treat or special affair type of meal out. At least it is for me and I suspect the average person lol. But it’s worth it though – some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. The fish is so fresh and of great quality that it just melts in your mouth.

And the restaurant itself is beautiful and stylish with a lovely atmosphere.

Is Sake no Hana safe for Coeliacs?

Also, the service was brilliant. God knows questioning restaurants about allergens and cross contamination can be a pain, but they were very helpful and made me feel like I was in good hands. The chef took extra precautions to avoid cross-contamination. Not all sushi on the menu is gluten free – and wow did those look good, unfortunately for us -_- lol. So he made mine away from the rest on a separate, clean chopping board. 🙂

Overall I would definitely recommend this place to any gluten free/coeliac sushi lovers fancying a fine dining experience. The sushi is by far the safest option as the sushi bar is separate from the kitchen (where a lot of gluten is handled – soy sauce heaven!).

For that reason I didn’t risk the cooked dishes, but this is something I’d like to investigate in the future. They did mention that they’re in the process of updating their gluten free menu so perhaps there is more to this place than sushi for us gluten free people. I must say, looking at the other tables, the cooked dishes look absolutely delicious!

The Food

We shared a couple of sushi platters. Some maki rolls (fatty tuna and salmon & avocado) as well as a mixture of nigiri (lean tuna, sea bass, salmon, prawn, sea bream and scallop).

Nigiri platter from Sake no Hana in Mayair, London | eating gluten free in London

Salmon and avocado sushi from Sake no Hana in Mayair, London | eating gluten free in London

Fatty tuna and avocado sushi from Sake no Hana in Mayair, London | eating gluten free in London

The lean tuna nigiri (and nigiri in general) were by far our favourite, hence an extra order of those. 😛

Tuna nigiri from Sake no Hana in Mayair, London | eating gluten free in London

Don’t let the simplicity fool you; it’s all about quality and these sushis definitely earn top marks from me when it comes to that. 🙂

And although Coeliacs don’t have access to the more extravagant options on the menu, it’s nice to have fancy restaurants to bring friends and family on special occasions. I don’t know about you, but sometimes as a Coeliac, eating out with ‘normal’ people can be a bit awkward. Of course there are some great options out there, but it’s always safety first, food second so our choices are not always necessarily the best of the best. So being able to bring people to restaurants that will impress them while simultaneously fulfilling our need for safe gluten free food is always nice. lol

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