Akira at Japan House London

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218 reviews
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The new restaurant, Akira, is on the first floor of Japan House London.
Named after Chef SHIMIZU Akira, the restaurant presents an authentic Japanese dining experience based on Akira’s ‘trinity of cooking’ principles – food, tableware and presentation.
Visit for lunch or dinner to experience Japanese-style omotenashi hospitality and the theatre of cooking as chefs prepare dishes reflecting Japan’s diverse food offer, using seasonal ingredients over roaring robata (charcoal grill) flames.
Highlights of the menu include imaginative sushi specialities and chargrilled kushiyaki skewers made from umami-rich wagyu beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetables.
The Japanese staple of rice will be prepared in a donabe, clay pot.

Special Offers

Dinner 3/5 course Robata/Sushi Omakase £60/£75

From a set menu. With a complimentary Saké or glass of wine.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 5 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 5 people

Starts: 26 October 2018

Ends: 26 April 2019

Availability: Mon-Wed 18:00-21:30

Lunch 3 course Robata/Sushi Omakase £60

From a set menu. With a complimentary Saké or glass of wine.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 5 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 5 people

Starts: 26 October 2018

Ends: 26 April 2019

Availability: Mon-Wed 12:00-14:00

What 218 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered 3 courses, the 2nd one is the famous sushi box, and each one of them taste absolutely great! And the service is good, the staff is kind and friendly. One thing that is not happy about this restaurant is the security, we were taking photo at the stair after dinner, and later security said “I will need to ask you to come down! Cuz you are blocking the stairs” what? I mean it was almost 10pm, and there were barely customers inside, and no one is walking down by using stairs instead they took elevator, I felt so insulted by the way she talked to us. It was rude

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Japanese sushi sashimi and grill. Wagyu was a bit fat.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Birthday
Nice place

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LP
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very high class Japanese restaurant with delicious food and very good service. Have already recommended the restaurant to contacts, as this is my second visit.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very chic restaurant, but appart from the 3 or 5 courses diners from 60£ to 75£, you can also have affordable main dishes (from 13£ to 22£). I think it is wonderfull to have some affordable dishes on the menu for young people like me or adults who can not affort the 3 courses dinner, but still experience the wonderfull cuisine and service of a place like this one !

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KC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing quality and presentation. Early sitting was fine for our kids!

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NA
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Exceptional food and ambience. Noise is loud though

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D
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my third time at Akira, and this time I went for one of the three course lunch menus based on food from the Robata grill. Initial dish comprised delicacies swerved on a sizzling stone. Next up was a beautiful bento of 15 small dishes. Finally I had Way sushi on brown rice. All superb and visually a treat. I also went for the cocktail and dessert themed around the Prototyping Exhibition (just finishing). All first rate.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent and interesting food beautifully presented.

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MG
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m from Tokyo and rarely eat Japanese outside of Japan... but this was recommended by a Japanese friend and how right he was. A great take on Japanese cuisine!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I can say is , go to visit to have same experience as I did. Superb !!!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surpassed my expectations from the moment we arrived to the minute we left, solid 5 stars.

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DK
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I think this is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London. Food is amazing and execution is flawless.

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had previously had lunch at Akira and enjoyed it very much, so we booked with friends to go for dinner. To be honest it was slightly disappointing. The most disappointing aspect was the service. I ordered the 3 course sushi menu and after the Sashimi course the waiter took away our job sticks and plates and brought the desert menu, completely forgetting the Sushi course. That has never happened to me before in a restaurant. No apology, no complimentary drink to compensate, just so matter of fact.
The air-conditioning was on too high for us and we all felt cold which affected the ambiance.
Overall the food was fine but not as good as our local Japanese restaurants.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning. Food, service, everything off the scale. Go there.

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CE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brilliant as always. Fantastic food served beautifully.

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NA
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The presentation and The food was very impressive .

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 1

it seems that either the chef has changed or the food deteriorated. we have been here in july 2018 and we absolutely loved it. unfortunately, our experience tonight was the extreme opposite.

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JK
London
21 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really excellent. Food was sublime. Service professional and courteous.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I go there quite often. This time it was terrible - slow service - staff got the orders wrong - both drinks and food. It was very slow. The manager didn’t care. I won’t go there again. It’s a pity because it was very good previously.

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TT
London
112 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had booked a table vis OpenTable at 6:45pm, however the restaurant asked us to return our table by 8:30pm. We were very disappointed already as the restaurant did not mention this when confirming the booking by phone. We ended up forcing to seat at the counter as we would like to enjoy our meal in no rush. We opted for the OpenTable offer (5 course with free glass of wine/sake). Since we are not wine drinker, we asked if we could have a mock cocktail instead (which most of the restaurants would be happy to do so). However this was not the case and we only offered soft drink as alternative. The drinks were arrived after our second course even we had asked for a several times. Most of the dishes/food were spicy indicating the raw fish/sashimi was not fresh. The sashimi was tasteless and blend, e.g. salmon and yellow tail tasted the same. We also ordered sea urchin sushi and botan prawn sashimi from a la carte menu, which again had let us down. The sea urchin was not as creamy as it should be and the botan prawn was slightly cooked (despite it meant to be a sashimi). Our third course was a creamy mushroom soup which was the worst soup I have ever had - it was very watery and blend. The most disgusting thing was the chef put yuzu in the soup. We had to return the soup back to the kitchen and the manger was very helpful to offer us a complimentary dish. The waguy beef rice was a divine though, it was the best dish of the night. Service was unattentive and careless - the waitress made a spillage (soy sauce) on my coat and scarf while taking away the dishes. Finally please check the bill as they charged us the complimentary drinks which had spotted by us.

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SJ
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere and service was exquisite. The food was utterly magical and tasty and ambience was very relaxed. The bento box was sumptuous and the robata-style skewers were delicious and accompanied by a selection of tasty sauces. The match mochi and mille-feuille match cake (very creamy) were perfect and addictive!

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W
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and presentation is top-notch. We are pleasantly surprised with the flavour and will definitely return to sample the fine cuisine in the near future

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SD
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Expensive food and it not amazing! Really disappointment!!!!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed delicious cocktails, ambience is great. We highly recommend to visit. The staff was very knowledgeable, attentive too.

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Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Entering Japan in the heart of High Street Kensington

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GL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Expensive bento sushi box, unexciting food, disappointing noodle, service ok. Good Japanese draft beer. No passion. Welcoming staff at reception.

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F
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went by myself to dine in this restaurant. However, there was no awkwardness, and the staffs were very kind and delicate. I ordered 14 types of the bento box, and they were remarkable. I recommend this restaurant to those who want to enjoy the taste of sushi rather than some occasion.

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LP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational food and excellent service- Fabio is their hidden gem. 10/10

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g
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

recommendation would be a guarded yes - Not as good as expected. Sashami was very good, Sushi less so. Would have been nice to see more Japanese staff in a restaurant run by Japan House. For example, staff didn't know what they were serving, we were never asked if we wanted drinks

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I
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Superb food, both presentation and taste. Well worth a seat at the bar. Stunning cocktails but drinks service was very slow which was a shame. Only real blip in an otherwise faultless dinner

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was exceptionally good however the service was not on par.

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s
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We have been looking forward to going to Japan house for some time and admittedly chose a busy evening to do so (Valentines day). We received first wagyu beef croquettes which we didn't like all that much. They were served with fois Gras, not on the menu, and we prefer not to eat it. They also just weren't that nice and I had a bit of grissle in mine. We then had a delicious sea bream salad and fatty tuna served on a hot stone. Both of these were divine. Then we waited. We kept waiting. We waited 45 minutes to receive our next 3 dishes. We were told the kitchen was busy which i can believe but I expect better from a restaurant that is charging as much as this one. Eventually our nigiri arrived, again divine, and we waited about another 5 minutes before getting 2 chicken thigh skewers, also pretty good, and another 5 minutes before shitaki mushrooms. These were also delicious but I refuse to believe it took them nearly an hour to get 6 mushrooms to our table.

We drank the deep pink mocktail which was wonderful.

Overall, delicious food, aside from the croquettes, and unfortunately poor service.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was underwhelmed. I’ve eaten fabulous sushi and this didn’t make the grade. It was good but not great by any means. Service was poor - even with a reservation it took 20 minutes to be seated and the waiter never once refilled my water. I was expecting a lot more.

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HC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yes loved the attention to presentation details for the food. Taste was good for us especially the wagyu though portion was tiny. We loved the Omakase sets.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. Food is good but not very good value.

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a set lunch for L40 each , sushi and Akira boxes. They look beautifully presented but one piece of small Wagyu is awfully disappointing, it is scraggy and far from real Wagyu taste. Shouln't mention Wagyu and better take this off the menu.

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NS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and delicious Japanese food! Baby friendly as well with the changing facilities and lift!

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor and vibes. Chefs were calm, waiters were attentive. Everything was great!

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great addition to our neighbourhood.
Great food, friendly service & very chic.
They make great Japanese food with a real twist. Try the ceasar salad (amazing), the grilled shiitake mushroom, the Japanese fish & chips.... great sushi... the food is pure gorgeousness. The wine list is great too.

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