Akira at 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.
Monday to Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm - Last seating: 2:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm - Last seating: 2:30pm
Monday to Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm - Last seating: 9:30pm
SUNDAY DINNER CLOSED
For the Tatami Room experience we apply a minimum spend policy per person, see below:
4 people £700
5-6 people £900
7-8 people £1200
And 3 hour returning time, unless you book your table after 9:00Pm which in that case you can stay without any time restriction.
In order to secure the booking we require card details.
Cancellation policy required is 48 hours in advance. In case of a full cancellation is made less than 48 hours a charge of £100 per person will occur.
Tatami Room is a Japanese Style Room with an unique interior design that includes Tatami mats as flooring.
Therefore to respect the Japanese tradition we kindly ask to our guest to take their shoes off for an authentic Japanese experience.
If you wish to make a reservation or any enquiry for this room, please contact us on email@example.com.
Excellent food beautifully presented and friendly staff
Excellent service particularly from the maitre d’ but very disppointing menu really.
This was supposed to be high-end japanese food, in fact this is a super britishised version of some japanese foods: mayonnaise everywhere, melted cheese on several things, very few vegetables on offer and none prepared in the traditional way, even the chicken is fried in british crumbs, rather sweetened taste everywhere, including the aubergines which do not need that caramel sauce on top- roast chicken: very small portion and really no particular taste.. overall not worth the prices.
A very pleasant surprise, will visit again and check the other items on the menu
What a restaurant! Literally heaven on earth. Dramatic kitchen , attention to detail, attentative waiters. Nothing I would rather do than go back here !
Incredible authentic Japanese dishes. Bento box was beautifully presented and well portioned. Attentive staff and good access.
The only improvement request would be Japanese tea, which was not thick enough and should be nicer to be brought in a pot (or have them refill) as it was a small tea cup & saucer.
Beautiful presentation, excellent food, in peaceful setting.
Had an incredible meal, great food and very tasty.
Amazing authentic Japanese KAISEKI food and their special Sake.
All were fantastic quality including the interior.
The food was excellent and exceedingly well presented. Unfortunately for a restaurant of this cost the service was lacking.
There were many instances of empty plates being left on the table waiting, being unable to ask staff for additional items and a very very long wait between courses. This level of service may be acceptable for a cheap fast food restaurant, but for these prices deeply disappointing.
We have been walking past Japan House since the construction hoardings went up and we visited the ground floor space once it was open and really wanted to try Akira. A small celebration was the only excuse we needed to book a reservation and I have to say its now our number one 'go to' modern Japanese restaurant. Unlike other fine dining Japanese restaurants the portion size was a complete surprise and we left full and content. Attentive staff and polished table service completed a wonderful dining experience and it wont be long before we find another reason to visit Akira.
Great as always. Second time I've attended in a couple of weeks.
Chef Akira is very creative and absolutely charming. Food was exquisite and presentation was flawless.
Fantastic food with beautiful presentation and great sake selection! Will definitely come back again.
Very nice experience felt like a quick visit to Japan . Deserts were exceptional. Will definitely recommend this new restaurant to lovers of Japanese cuisine..
Tasty foods served by the hall staff who cannot explain what they are or how they should be eaten.. for the pricing the service quality is very poor.
The restaurant also asked us to move into another table after spending 2 hours.. it should have been informed sometime before..
Food quality was awful, tables too close, we could hear everyones conversations. Staff were not that attentive.
The food was out of this world and pricewise, very reaonable.
Akira is so disappointing ! I went there for lunch, it is expensive, not good (food is really average ) it is not creative (I even wonder if it is fresh). I left half of my sushi bento box). Only the place and the dishes are very nice (from Japan). But it is such a pity to have such a restaurant in the beautiful house of Japan ! It does not represent the delicious Japanese food.
Everything was nice and we had a fantastic time, although I felt the service has some room of improvement. Our waiter poured my houji cha into my friend's cup where there had been sencha and vice versa, without even asking us what we were drinking.
Menu was very simple and I couldn't guess what was in each dish (I am Japanese, but still). Especially I had no clue about 'Akira pudding'. We asked the waiter, who explained it was a Japanese pudding with a mochi on top of it (!).
Great food, authentic, and complimentary birthday cake.
Great bento boxes
To be honest it’s clean good food but the sushi rolls lack good taste .. spicy tuna tasted like it was tossed in pizza sauce which was a major no for me.
Sushi rolls have too much rice, and either mayo or Philadelphia so not exactly typical Japanese sushi. Glass of wine is a joke; literally two sips. Cod is covered in cheese..who puts cheese on fish?! Service is slow and not impressive for the high price of the food. They could do so much better.
The overall experience of the food was good, especially if you haven’t tried Japanese food before. The wine was delicious and presentation of the food was interesting. However, the experience was dampened as my partner and I requested a jug of tap water to accompany the wine we had ordered and we were met with hostility from the waiter. We felt the waiter had a generally judgemental and rude attitude towards us and so we did not feel welcome or comfortable. This was extremely disappointing. We were looking forward to trying out a new restaurant and spent a considerable amount on our meal, to then feel like you are not welcome is quite frankly, offensive.
Wonderful escape in London beautiful experience highly recommend.
We were not informed when the kitchen was about to close so couldn’t make an order for the dessert. We also felt quite rushed as the staff keeps coming around trying the collect the plate when we still had chopsticks on our hands! Considering the pricing point of the restaurant, the service was just mediocre.
The ambiance was great but the food was nowhere near as good as we would have expected. Two of us ordered bento boxes and you could see that everything had been prepared earlier and “sitting” for a while. You know, when the food has that dry patina on it.
The weird thing is that the restaurant was not busy and there were quite a few people working in the kitchen.
The food tasted fine but we would have expected better from a restaurant that is essentially representing Japan.
The menu is very short and vague. The waitress asked to explain the difference between Akira and Salmon bento just could not speak English.Then we discovered hair on top of sashimi.It took awhile to change the dish.Then as apology they brought a non alcoholic drink in which on top was raspberry with mold.
So it was pretty miserable experience in total.
Glorious Japanese restaurant, with everything made and served with creativity, flair and a sense of occasion. Each course - we had the taster menu - was thoughtfully presented and delicious and there was a real feeling of specialness about our whole meal. The restaurant went above and beyond with serving our dessert while singing Happy Birthday, and also wishing my husband Happy Birthday when we came in. Attention to detail; gorgeous colourful courses; attentive and careful service; and everything tasted amazing. Really a wonderful fine dining experience. Cannot recommend highly enough.
delicious authentic Japanese. my absolute favourite Japanese restaurant in London. my second time there and I am already planning my next dinner there.
A really great restaurant! Food was super yummy and beautifully served.
We came for my finance's birthday dinner. As I mentioned it in the booking, everyone gave him a warm welcome from the moment he steppe into the restaurant. The food was great - we shared one 5-course robata omakase, one beef don, and a small dish between us. We usually have big appetites, but this big meal left us full to the extreme! If I had to pick one thing to complain though, is that the dishes were quite filling - in the sense of slight greasiness and meaty-ness.. I found it a tad bit lack of balance. All in all, a lovely experience.
Hands down the best place in London. I am a fan of Japanese cuisine and travel the world exploring different Japanese restaurants and I have to say this was breathtaking. Presentation, flavours and service was a five star and I can’t wait to go back! I’m obsessed!
Wonderful food, service and atmosphere—great tableware, beautifully presented dishes and it was perfect for a special birthday supper, (especially the matcha cake with handwritten birthday wishes on). I'll certainly be coming again.
We had a 9:15 booking and were told at 9:50 they were taking last orders. Although they did take orders later you don’t want to be told this half an hour after sitting down! Still have a few improvements needed - sushi rolls where too large so was difficult to enjoy it!
They also don’t specify what actually is in each dish on the menu- we ordered salmon and avocado rolls and there was cream cheese and fish roe. Be sure to check when ordering
Robata and appetisers were incredible and Innovative. I would highly recommend!
wonderful food and great presentation. very attentive and friendly staff! will certainly come back and recommend it warmly.
The best food in London by far . Healthy fresh ,served beautifully and the taste of true authentic Japanese cuisine was magical
The food was not as impressive in taste as presentation.
Absolutely amazing food, thrilled it's the new addition to our neighbourhood. The service is exceptional too, some of the best we've ever had. Definitely will be eating here a lot more! Can't fault it!
Been to Akira twice now and everything is excellent. Beautiful tasting and presented food. Lovely well-thought out cocktails. Service is very good , the waiters and waitresses have a lot of knowledge. I always pick a seat at the bar and I love it as it feels much more like you're in the thick of all the action - It is interesting to see what food comes and goes. Would recommend this place for special occaisions, catching up with friends or even business lunches/meetings as the place is more formal than your average restaurant. Prices are on the high side but the portions are large so easily dealt with by sharing and makes it more fun. If you haven't tried it yet please do.