If you’ve always wanted to know how chefs make sushi look so neat, pull up a pew at the counter, which seats eight.
It’s all muted in the restaurant (black seats, polished-walnut tables, charcoal plates) – bust out the colour if you’re feeling brave.
The Tokii restaurant pleasingly follows the same Japanese theme as everywhere else – so you can dine on expertly-crafted sushi and sashimi, sliced and styled by a master brought in from the motherland, with some occasional table-side wizardry (usually involving smoke). The chef is also partial to robata-grilled things: dishes include wagyu beef with spicy ponzu sauce and truffle fries, aubergine with chilli, spring onion, ginger and miso, and crispy pork belly with celeriac, apple and Japanese-mustard coleslaw. Breakfast is a Continental spread of pastries, fruit and cheese, with a choice of full-English or traditional Japanese (omelettes with miso soup, rice, grilled salmon, steamed vegetables and tofu).
The Malt Lounge & Bar has a serious selection (at least 65 variations) of Japanese and international whiskies, stiff cocktails and, of course, a collection of rare sakes. Snacks to help steady you include robata skewers, beef tataki and lotus-root crisps. Afternoon tea is served here from noon to 5.30pm – make it a matcha, which is prepared at your table.
Breakfast hours are 6.30am–10.30am (7am–11am at weekends). Lunch is noon to 2.30pm (3.30pm at weekends); dinner is 6pm to 11pm, Monday to Saturday (10.30pm on Sunday). The bar is open from 10.30am to midnight.
Dishes such as cured salmon with blood orange, fennel and yuzu, fish and chips, pasta and pizza can be served in your room.