Akira at Japan House London

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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

Akira Christmas Menu: £100

5 courses & a welcome cocktail.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service at 12.5%.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 24 December 2019

Ends: 24 December 2019

Availability: Tue 12:00-14:00

Akira Christmas Menu: £100

5 courses & a welcome cocktail.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 16 December 2019

Ends: 23 December 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-14:30
Mon-Sat 12:00-14:00 18:00-21:45

What 336 People Are Saying
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JD
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

whether you're on a city trip or in London for business, never miss out on an occasion to have lunch or dinner at Kensington High Streets AKIRA restaurant.
The food is the best Japanese I've ever eaten outside Japan !

CV
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was very good and interesting. Ambiance nice and comfortable. Happy to revisit anytime.

GS
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for our first anniversary dinner and was so impressed, it was a perfect venue. Fantastically fresh food beautifully presented and served by such professional and unobtrusive waiting staff. It was a perfect and incredibly impressive meal in a subtle and relaxed setting.

LC
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Largely disappointing I am sad to report. Maybe this is fine if you’ve never tasted real Japanese food, but the lack of Japanese staff says it all for me. Mediocre sushi, great sake (gotta give them that), a bento box that left a lot to the imagination and then this incomprehensible hot stone situation of mixed grill and tempura (only spring onions, none of the delicious stuff that makes tempura great) with a weird ‘side’ of sushi. The food wasn’t bad at all (notwithstanding some tough fatty tuna) but certainly not worth the price. I’m disappointed

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was brilliant.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and a fun atmosphere!

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Your manager has extremely bad attitude, he is not appropriate person for service in Japanese restaurant. He doesn’t have respect mind to customers. He shouldn’t have taken the position otherwise the restaurant rates go down and Japanese restaurant ranks are declined either. Such a shame experience. Actually, one of my friend who lives in around the restaurant told me that you should not go there, cuz not good restaurant but I wanted to try once so I just chose there. I’ll never go again also never recommend my friends.

C
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food is outstanding. Ambience average (not complaining about the minimalist look, just about how cheap the leather benching and how faux the back the wood panels in the seating area looked. The look of the counter and of the bar is a bit better: minimalism without savings, at least). Service could be more attentive. We had to call their attention on more than a couple of occasions. We were also wondering why the scarcity of Japanese waiter personnel (and how we could get their attention). Thank God the Japanese are in the kitchen! The quality of the food and of the cooking is impressive. A journey for the palate. Simple and yet outstanding.

p
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

A big disappointment

CM
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very fresh

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall very good. Service a bit slow to start with-but recovered.

AA
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

terrific ambience, unbelievably fresh food, extremely well presented too. A tad on the expensive side!
my only disappointment was that I had asked for a dessert for my son- as it was his birthday- and I requested a candle be put in it- but they forgot!

AX
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was extremely poor. Non existent. And the food was really uninspiring. Eating cream cheese in sushi is so not Japan house style.

d
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

food is ok, but set menu is too big and not balanced , not thought though

SB
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Treated my partner to a birthday meal, we had the 5 course robata & sushi menus. The food was absolutely delicious and of course presented beautifully. The service was exceptional and they even made the desert a special birthday one which was a lovely touch. A very enjoyable experience and would definitely recommend.

CM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience. We came to celebrate an 18th birthday. Exquisite food beautifully presented. Fantastic staff. Very welcoming. Thank you.

NP
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent quality. Looking forward to our next visit.

R
London
20 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food presentation was great, but nothing that amazing. The set menus focused of quantity, not quality. The best thing about the restaurant is the Japanese toilets in the rest rooms.

Y
London
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The quality of the ingredient is really does not match the price. We ordered sea urchin sashimi and I have to say those ware forzen and really not the right quality for sashimi.
The set menu remains the attraction, but have to say it is not as good as the last time I was here. The sashimi fishes are not better than any chain Japanese restaurants’.

T
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Absolutely awesome food, exquisitely presented. Great service and excellent choice even for even gluten and dairy free.
The legend of a chef is very good at adapting dishes for dietary needs.

q
London
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was great. We ordered two 5-course omakase (one robuta and one sushi). The food was of excellent quality. The toro (fatty tuna) makes the whole journey there worth it! But the tempura on main of robuta omakase has been put aside for too long, the tempura coating was soggy. This is the only disappointment on food. Otherwise it is fabulous!

NL
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An excellent Japanese dining in London. I have ordered three-course set dinner menu. A tasty foods are served in a 15 compartment wooden box. Very good idea to presenting the foods to tickle our taste buds and visual treat.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Must say food was alright , could have been slightly fresher , specially the tuna.

Service was rubbish , they thought for themselves when to bring the bill without us ordering it , after that they kept insisting for us to pay intruding and disturbing our conversation when there was still a couple who hadn’t finish their dinning either right next to us.

Apparently their manager wanted to close the till early...
Rubbish excuse for such a high expectation of service and an elevated price . Would never recommend.
If you have the chance to go somewhere else do so.

MC
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best sushi in London, and as good as anything I have had in NYC or Japan. Already recommended it to 3 people. Will definitely be back. And for what it is, it is priced very fairly.

g
London
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing experience one of my favorite place in London

NL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I took my mum for her birthday and she really enjoyed it. The service is very good ( also baby friendly) and the presentation of food is exceptional. Taste wise- it is good and as good as one can expect from a decent Japanese restaurant. The set menu is surprisingly good value but quite a lot to go through for lunch. Next time I will order a bento instead.

Definitely recommend it!

PJ
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service throughout. Food is beautifully presented and tastes wonderful.

S
London
9 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Akhira has become a trip to Japan for us. Great culinery experiance we have been following since the opening and the standards have been held steady. Well done . Quickest way to spend a few hours in Japan in London . Also being above an exhibition hall which changes monthly with talks on the displayed goods which can also be purchased. We are planning a trip to Japan so the travel section also downstairs is an added bonus for great current brochures all in english. Well done Akhira team keep up the good work. Doumo Arigatou Gozaimasu..

MW
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service was very good indeed, and I would recommend Akira to anyone interested in trying Japanese food for the first time, as we did. We were there on a Thursday evening, and it was not busy which meant it was not noisy and service was quick and friendly, but I had the impression the staff would be attentive and welcoming under pressure for sure. We believe we had value for money, though the beer seemed a little expensive at £8.00 per bottle.

U
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food1service5ambience5

The Japanese Head Chef lost it completely.
He was very aggressive and abusive towards Floor Managers who provided amazing service.
I saw very arrogant Head Chef who thrown cutting board on sushi counter, he was hitting boxes and behave outrageously.
We couldn’t believe what we saw!
The food is without any taste camouflaged with pretty crockery.
The sushi counter is completely overloaded with bento boxes, plates which is shocking to see.
The Head Chef has no clue on how to run kitchen and design it. I’m disappointed to see Head Chef like him in prestigious Japan House London.

CB
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such variety, such flavour! A wonderful dining experience for my Wife and I, enjoying the 5 course tasting menu - I would absolutely recommend this given both the amount of food and the variety of the food.

I could wax lyrical for paragraphs and never do the food justice - best asian cuisine I have ever had.

TI
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for my birthday dinner with my boyfriend. Everything was very very nice, both food and service. They also did surprised birthday cake to me, such a lovely restaurant.

D
London
12 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at Akira. This time I had the exhibition special - basically buckwheat noodles in a dashi broth with daikon radishes and spring onions (kamo nanban soba). Great for slurping!

p
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Loved the energy and spaciousness and the food was very good

t
London
35 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience4

the service on the day was unacceptable - had to wait for the order some 20 minutes, had to wait for the bill for another 15 minutes (they were clearly understaffed). The food was excellent (it was our third or fourth visit). Interestingly enough they had no high chair so our babies had to be in their pram.

Too bad that such a good restaurant is let down by service (BTW they also made no attempt to make it up by knocking off something from the bill or the like),

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Compleanno di mia moglie

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Birthday lunch.

s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience3

A great let-down. All the cooked items were overwhelmed by tangy sauces and oversalted.
I have lived in Japan and been to Japanese restaurants around the world, but I have never seen sashimi presented with mayonnaise and chili sauce. To top it off it is expensive.
I would never have expected this in a place like Japan House. I shall not be returning or recommending this restaurant.

p
London
51 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service was not great
They seem to be in a rush to close the kitchen
Not attentive
Food was high quality

GB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, staff really attentive and explain all dishes.