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Nikkei Food To-Go in the City

Jessica Carlyle-Clarke 03 August 2017 at 17:13

Waka is the brainchild of siblings Irakli and Nino Sopromadze, focusing on the evolution of the Japanese-Peruvian food trend in the City of London. Located in the historical Gothic Style Grade II* listed building on 39aEastcheap, part of The Thackeray Estate redevelopment of the Eastcheap Conservation Area, Waka will be the first to bring Nikkei takeaway food to London’s City audience.

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Nikkei Food To-Go in the City

Waka is the brainchild of siblings Irakli and Nino Sopromadze, focusing on the evolution of the Japanese-Peruvian food trend in the City of London. Located in the historical Gothic Style Grade II* listed building on 39a Eastcheap, part of The Thackeray Estate redevelopment of the Eastcheap Conservation Area, Waka will be the first to bring Nikkei takeaway food to London’s City audience.

Irakli and Nino spent two years refining the concept and finding the perfect location for the Waka brand. Jessica Carlyle-Clarke, Leisure Property Consultant at Charles Benjamin Associates acted on behalf of the duo in securing one of the most sought after restaurant units in the area. Despite recent feelings of uncertainty in the market, the environment remains competitive as foreign interest floods the capital, which in turn makes it even harder for newcomers to secure a prime unit in central London. Implementing our knowledge of the market, we strategically and successfully advised Waka’s first London acquisition.

Situated in the Square Mile – equidistant from the landmark ‘Walkie Talkie’ building and Monument – Waka will cater to City workers, Londoners and visitors alike, all of whom will be pleasantly surprised at Waka’s incredibly affordable pricing (Hospitality and Catering News).

Dishes at Waka will include sea bass ceviche with wasabi leche de tigre and hot chicken teriyaki rice bowl with Peruvian purple potato. Typical dishes such as hand-made sushi, gyoza, tiraditos and hot options, including Waka’s signature tamari-glazed fried chicken wings, will be priced between £4 and £7. (The Caterer).

While the restaurant predominantly focuses on grab-and-go options, there is also a 60-cover basement dining area decorated with bright and playful colours for customers wishing to eat-in.

The brand and interior design of the site was developed by Charles Benjamin Associates’ sister company Craft & Narrative.


Jessica Carlyle-Clarke Associate Director at Charles Benjamin Associates