Michelin-Starred Yakiniku Concept, Kanpai Classic, Makes Its UK Debut This July

Kanpai Classic, whose unique take on Japanese yakiniku has captivated diners across  Taiwan and China for nearly two decades, is to launch its first fine dining restaurant in  the UK. 

Located in the heart of London’s Soho, Kanpai Classic will celebrate its soft launch  mid-July 

The Kanpai Group, which numbers nine original restaurant brands across Taiwan and  China, launched its unique take on yakiniku in Taipei in 2005. Although the cuisine – a style of cooking bite-size meat over a charcoal flame – is not new, Kanpai Classic’s  offering, with its heavy emphasis on wagyu, was unique. So much so that in 2016, just  12 months after opening, the Shanghai Bund Store restaurant became the first  Japanese yakiniku restaurant to win a Michelin star. 

Kanpai Classic’s award-winning concept will be broadly replicated in London, with a  selection of up to 10 different cuts of aged wagyu beef taking centre stage on the  menu.  

Cut to the specific requirements of the diner, the meat is then expertly sliced and  seasoned. It is then grilled to perfection by one of Kanpai Classic’s highly experienced staff on safe, smokeless and odourless charcoal grillers fitted to each individual table.

Presided over by executive chef Nicolo Bolognesi, formerly of Nobu Hotel Portman  Square, Kanpai Classic’s 86-cover, two-floor London outpost will initially comprise a  14-course Omakase Menu. A full a la carte menu will be available from September. 

As befits a brand which was the first to import Australian wagyu to Taiwan and China, in 2005 and 2015 respectively, the quality and provenance of the meat will be second  to none. 

Aged for a minimum of 40 days, intricately marbled and delivering a tender, melt-in the-mouth taste sensation, Kanpai Classic’s wagyu will be sourced from two main UK  suppliers: Jack’s Creek, whose globally renowned beef has seen them win the World  Steak Challenge no less than four times (2024 included) and Tajimaya, which sources  wagyu directly from its own farms in Japan. 

This exquisite fare will be complemented by an extensive drinks list spearheaded by  ten exclusive sakes from Japan’s multi-award winning Masuizumi Brewery. The first sake introduced by Kanpai Classic when it opened in 2005, Masuizumi’s floral, fruity notes pair beautifully with wagyu. 

With a culinary offering that is tailor-made for corporate activities and private  celebrations, the restaurant will also feature a seven-seater private chefs’ table.  

Commented Kanpai Group CEO and founder Soji Hiraide, “Having introduced wagyu  to Taiwan and China, we’re about to do the same in Europe. We can’t wait to give  London its first proper taste of the world’s finest beef!”