Kintan

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£25 and under
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Japanese

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Kintan is the first yakiniku-style restaurant in London. Yakiniku, literally meaning ‘grilled meat’, is the Japanese take on the Korean barbecue and one of the most popular dining styles in Japan. Being Japanese, Yakiniku restaurants employ a little engineering ingenuity to provide smokeless table grills with subterranean smoke extraction so that the flavour of the food stays on your plate and off of your clothes.
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Good value for the money and the server was very friendly and nice.

EP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Service was terrible, even though the restaurant was not particularly busy. We had to ask several times for everything we wanted. But what upset me the most was their complete lack of intention to help when it came to gluten free options. My son has Coeliac Disease, I checked the restaurant’s website beforehand, but Japanese BBQ generally works well, as it’s just meat and vegetables. Well, we were told that he can’t eat anything there, because everything contains gluten. I then asked for the restaurant’s allergy table, which clearly said that they can make almost everything gluten free by substituting ingredients. After this was clarified (with a lot of hassle), we were told they don’t have gluten free soy sauce. This is the first time this has happened to us. I know that might not seem like a big deal to a lot of people, but a small bottle of gluten free soy sauce might make people feel included and not like a bother. Overall, slow and disinterested service, a really expensive meal and I didn’t even leave the restaurant full. Get a bottle of gluten free soy sauce. It’s not that uncommon!

OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and a lot of fun

JN
London
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I usually give 5 stars on 5, but this time I give 4 because we found the service slower than usual. However the staff was very kind, as always, and the food was terrific, as always!

AP
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great staff and great atmosphere!

Definitely coming here again!!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Really felt like the management was eager to kick us out towards the end of our

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was incredibly slow. Maybe they were understaffed but for prime-time on a Thursday night... It took 20 minutes between us sitting down and anyone coming over. Had to stand up to flag someone down just to get food ordered, and its arrival took both lots of time plus prompting to get the final dish, a tray of uncooked spinach, which was there but just hadn't been brought over.
The strangest thing is the idea of the place is that its not cooked yet, and we cook it on the grill ourselves. So things kinda should have come immediately.

The seasonings were tasty on the items that had them, though. But... I know we pay for the experience, but £6 for a foil tray of uncooked spinach leaves that take 40 minutes to arrive before we have to put them on our grill for 10 minutes is weird.

Shame really but not going to give this another go.

DA
London
46 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality food and good friendly service. Great location 5 minutes walk from Chancery Lane tube station.

MM
London
15 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As close to an authentic Yakiniku I have found in London. A new regular venue for dinner.

MA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love this place and we come here at least once a month. The food is great and fantastic value for money.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening here with a friend. The pricing was very convenient. We got the ninja set which included 3 types of beef, lamb chops and prawns. Overall the food tasted great and the sauces provided were brilliant. Service was lovely and I was easily recommend to a friend.

s
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great meaty BBQ but wish has more vegetarian/pescatorian choice. We were first time there, so we decided to order their set menu. Great taste but everything has so strong taste, set menu's combination & quantity of marinated meat were generous but with veg's balance wasn't good for us.
All staffs were friendly, working hard. Probably they were far too busy, seems didn't have time to check toilets.

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing location.

MH
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious food and a lot of fun cooking it at our table. Service was a bit slow. Prices were ok but we made sure we went at Happy Hour! Overall really lovely meal though.

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and price in HH!

N
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was a different experience! I visited the restaurant in High Holborn with my 6 friends and we ordered the Enkai course which was AMAZING! I love how homey it felt! I will definitely revisit in the future.

DA
London
46 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and good food. Great location

AL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best japanese bbq in town. Value for money

b
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good environment for conversation. Very rare to find yakiniku (as opposed to samgyeopsal) in London. This is the closest in environment, service and menu to those in Japan. The prices were affordable for the good quality meat and service. Thanks :)

SW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent bbq options, which were fun to cook ourselves. Going to recommend it for next work do!

KC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was nice but very little for that price.please improve

A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice of food with a few new options.

Always fun to cook at your table as you can eat at the speed you want.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love it so much, thanks for the experience.

RG
London
35 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and such a sociable place to eat. The food is great and the service is equally as good.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went with a friend as a lunch date.
Food was lovely, but the waiter didn't fill our glasses of water quickly, and we ended up having to ask a few times for water.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, timing, all perfect.

D
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very nice. The restaurant wasn’t that noisy and I loved the setting of the seats. Not cramped at all!

Food portion was small though but overall the food was delicious. Especially the USDA prime beefs!

OT
London
11 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kintan is my favourite barbecue place in London! Good food good service good value! Yum!

K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointed me, well done Kintan! ;)

VF
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good but maybe because it was busy that time, me and the next table raised hand up at the same time but the waitress went to served the next table... Except this everything is good

SC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good Japanese BBQ are also hard to find, and there are few in London, but this is one which is really fun, good quality and value for money, even in London which is rare

RP
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place! Good experience and really good food. Perfect for groups!

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience

MD
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service from Haruya, even though the restaurant was very busy. Food was great - we didn't go during happy hour so it was a bit pricey. Overall, lovely night out and would recommend to anyone who loves Japanese Food/Korean BBQ.

MK
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, very decent price, would definitely go again

RG
London
35 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great concept underpinned by amazing food and great service. Highly recommended.

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great, value for money as we go for set menu with HH offer. Will definitely return.
Everything was fine, just find it’s a bit chaotic at the door even we booked in advance and door host couldn’t manage the crowd at peak time.

h
London
7 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

We were a party of 8 celebrating a birthday. The host didn't warn us that we were close to the limited time that we were allotted a table until we had apparently passed that time but were still mid-meal. They should give a 30 minute warning and not take orders if the time limit is near.

AL
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. The staff went above and beyond. They were all friendly and all thanked us on the way out (around 6 staff!) - this says a lot about the staff and the atmosphere in the restaurant. We went for a birthday and they went out of their way to make it special for us - thank you. You don't really find this type of experience and service in restaurants anymore. The food is amazing, the menu has great variety and has something for everyone. We will definitely be back. 100% recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved the experience! Booking another one right now!

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