Akira at Japan House London

4.2
21 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
  • Tasting Menu
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of Operation
LUNCH
Monday to Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm - Last seating: 2:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm - Last seating: 2:30pm

DINNER
Monday to Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm - Last seating: 9:30pm

SUNDAY DINNER CLOSED
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Phone number
020 3971 4646
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Private Party Facilities
We have a private room called Tatami Room that can host from 4 to a maximum of 8 guest.
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 info@akira-restaurant.co.uk.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
21 reviews
4.2 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
49%
Very Good
32%
Good
12%
Fair
5%
Poor
2%
4.2
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.6
value
65% of people would recommend it to a friend
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London
4.0Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Too much mayo on everything!!! Sea urchin is really wired (tastes like being frozen? nothing likes melting...). But the upside is the fresh fish, so better go for sashimi i guess?

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DQ
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm welcome at this very smart Japanese restaurant - wonderful service, stunning and delicious food and an overall very, very nice experience.

Good value for the quality and a great addition to the Japanese top tables in London.

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London
2.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The restaurant has been open for about a few weeks, and on the night we went, there was a big football match between England and Croatia. But there were so many staff members hanging out around the counter for so few guests, and that big imbalance was even embarrassing, as other reviewers said. Probably because they had nothing to do, they were so keen to clear our plates away -- while I was still eating, my husband's plate was taken away, or I was asked many times if I had finished -- when I was still eating. This was bordering on rude. Otherwise waiters and waitresses were very nice and polite, some of them were not quite up to speed with the menu. The food itself was fine, but I was not blown away and sometimes got disappointed when you get things like asparagus wrapped with a bacon -- that's something you find in a Japanese school lunch box. The portion was very small and some might find it stingy for the price you pay (I was perfectly full after a three-course menu). Chef Akira made his name at Engawa, and you can find his traits in many of the dishes, especially appetisers. I still prefer to go to Engawa though -- let's see how this restaurant develops. In the meantime, I'm not in a rush to go back.

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B
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely delicious meal. Went for the sushi omakase and my husband chose the robata omakase. Wasn't entirely sure about grated parmesan on my salmon starter or the sweet glaze on the chawanmushi, but otherwise faultless. I particularly liked the presentation on stunning tableware. The best of elegant Japanese style. Will become a regular haunt.

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JO
5.0Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

10/10 went for my my girlfriends birthday and staff went out of their way to make sure we had a good time. Even wrote happy birthday on her desert which was a nice touch. It is a bit pricey for a casual dinner but definitely recommend for special occasions. I have nothing but good things to say about this place.

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London
5.0Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Experian’s at New Japanese! Food are so much fun and excited every single dish. All dishes are very unique. For people, who wish to have traditional Japanese dish. Please try other restaurants. But if people wants to have New Japanese, this is the venue that you can. Highly recommend Omakase Course with Koshu Wine for first visit.

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OT
London
3.0Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Disappointing experience. Food was over complicated and most dishes came with overly rich sauces.

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JM
3.0Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Really pleased to have tried Akira. We visited Japan in April this year and had high expectations to experience some of the same culinary experience in London. We started off with drinks at the bar - a very good non alcoholic cocktail and a G&T made with Ko No Bi gin from Kyoto - nice. We liked the loud Japanese welcome made to all guests when entering the restaurant. Staff are friendly and Akira has a nice vibe, although it's a shame that the restaurant as a whole doesn't feel as super-special as the private tatami room (unused during our visit). The big let down though was in the crazy use of parmesan throughout the meal! My tuna appetiser was smothered in parmesan, and the kobe beef my wife and son had on their menu was similarly smothered with it. We are talking about a lot of parmesan here! Why?! When we asked the restaurant management about it, they said the parmesan was an adaptation for the UK, which doesn't make sense. And in Italy (my wife's Italian - believe me, we like parmesan), they wouldn't dream of masking the taste of a good cut of tuna or beef with parmesan. A £200 lunch for 3 ended up being a disappointment, which I'm really sorry about. Japan House overall is a wonderful new attraction in London - we loved the exhibition and retail spaces. We'll be back to Japan House, but not to Akira until the menu is sorted out.

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T
3.0Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Didn’t live up to expectations. Not the best Japanese we have tasted in the area.

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c
London
5.0Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great advice on choosing a wonderful Sake and choosing your own sake dish. Exquisite. The food was excellent and the presentation is memorable. A great evening and meal.

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C
5.0Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in London! Original and fresh, stunning flavours and beautiful presentation.

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TH
3.0Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I have been in Japon last year and appréciate japonese gastronomy. Quite disappointed by the flavour of the Bento. I Also wait too much. Service is correct. The place is noisy. May be i should havé tasted another meal. Price is not justified for the quality but we are in london not in Japan.

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m
London
4.0Dined on 28 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good food if you are meat lover. not many hot food option for seafood.
Vegetable tasted meat from the robata grill as they use the same grill for all meat and vegetables. not great if you are vegetarian.

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AB
4.0Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Bar was great! Drinks and service was fab at the bar but in the restaurant there was no atmosphere, the food was very misleading on the menu, some items were described as skewers and only one arrived. The food was very expensive and not worth it. We asked to sit in another two when the restaurant was empty and were unwilling to do that for us. We might go back for drinks but no the food. Wasn’t worth the price!

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D
London
5.0Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a great restaurant. Three of us went for lunch just a few days after it opened. Service was top notch and just the right side of formal. Two of us had bento boxes which were a visual and culinary delight. Maybe 15 dishes, all delicious and spanning fish, meat and vegetrian options. The other person had the chicken don which was served with a small bento. Again, very tasty. At first sight the bentos look expensive but I consider them worth every penny. Alcohol choices were great too, with many sakes to choose from plus wine. We went non alcoholic with their mocktails which made use of unusual ingredients such as sage for example. Again, very good. Final comment has to be on the furniture, serving containers and dishes which were truly lovely - clearly a lot of effort went into the choices.

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E
London
5.0Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful addition to Kensington! We had a lovely dinner at Akira on Monday. The room is very pleasant and the tables are nicely spaced. The service was very attentive. We ordered a selection of sushi and hot dishes. Everything was delicious and presented in a lovely way. We will certainly be back and this time will also try the bar which looked very inviting with a nice cocktail menu.

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OT
London
5.0Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese In London!

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AB
1.0Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

I booked this for my boyfriends birthday and from what I read up about it I had really high expectations.

When we arrived the staff were really nice and it looked like a lovely place and we were quite excited when all the staff greeted us.

We were then shown to our seats which were right behind a screen where they greet you which was in a corner just as you walk in. We spoke to our waited who we asked if he would recommend having one or two tasting platters between us, as we aren’t big people we thought it best to ask as we mentioned that we thought from what we could see that one tasting platter would be enough as it was 5 courses but he recommended two, so we went with this option as he knows best than us. As the food came out it became apparent that you one tasting menu would be enough between two as there were also duplicates of the sushi on the tasting platters (ie for the sushi course you get two of pretty much everything anyway)so most of one tasting platter was left untouched. The food was nicely presented and the staff were attentive and it was interesting to see the chefs preparing the food, however I feel that we had basically been duped into getting another platter for no real reason and a bit miffed at having spent £220 on a 2 hour meal for 2 when we only needed one platter, and we just had a beer and a cocktail and some sparkling water. Also to top it off my boyfriend was right under an air con unit where his neck was quite cold by the end of it, which wasn’t very comfortable for him, so all in all not a very successful birthday. So unfortunately I wouldn’t recommend it, but if you do go, then I’d advise getting one platter and request a table away from the corner as you walk in, as it does feel like you have been popped in a corner.

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JD
London
4.0Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been there on the opening night, therefore it was a testing ground for the Chef and the rest of the staff. After visiting Japan a couple times we were curious to see what Japan House has to offer as a representation of that country. First, ambience is decent, music not too loud, staff was friendly and helpful. Food. We took Omakase Robato and Omakase Sushi to give ourselves full spectrum of what the place has to offer. What was a bit disappointing was that both options, however different, are actually identical in about 50%. As dishes arrive, you realise it is the same dish. The only thing that changes is the "Main" and one dish before if I remember correctly. Fish was high quality and we did enjoy signature wooden box that you might have seen on people's instagram. Looks good, tastes good. Quite subtle taste, reminding me of how food is being served in Kyoto. Disappointment came with warm dishes. Soup having spicy broth that did not allow us to fully enjoy fish ball inside. Then grilled okra which had spicy curry powder batter which was additionally too salty. It could've been any vegetable there, taste would be similar. Chicken skewers were acceptable but disappointing for a restaurant on that level.
Bottom line. Good place for sushi, raw fish, tiny dishes. We could not justify warm dishes. I think a lot comes down to the fact that it was literally first day the place was open. I am sure there will be improvements on the way.

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OO
London
2.0Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

1. Don’t come here if you’re expecting an authentic Japanese experience, as it is definitely not this. The food is nouveau Japanese and not particularly good. 2. There are way too many people in the kitchen and on the floor, double for the size of restaurant that it is. Despite this, the service was chaotic and slow, and the food was delayed and either cold when it arrived, or never made it to the table. 3. Mistakes were made throughout the entire evening, from the time we arrived (couldn’t find our name on the list), through the meal (items brought to the table that we did not order), until the time we left (overcharging and unable to print a receipt on paper) — and no apologies! Caveat Emptor.

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London
4.0Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

There still needs to be a bit of polish on the speed of service BUT I was oddly pleased mine & EVERY dining guest was welcomed in by all the (open) kitchen staff like at Shoryu Ramen!!

NOTE I was dining on the first proper day at lunch when they opened so they only had the bento boxes available whilst the separate Japan House cafe only had drinks but no food. I suspect this will be rectified quickly????

The cocktails were fine e.g. their yuzu sake margarita but it's the extensive sake list you want to test for which the staff will happily guide you.

The bento box was an absolute treat including the hand-crafted wooden box itself!! It caused serious lunch envy amongst my friends ;p Stand outs were the pickled vegetables, the slow-cooked pork belly & the seabass sushi whilst the egg custard may split opinions................
Each item was explained and the lot had a bowl of miso soup on the side so whilst substantial, it wasn't too filling and I think the watery nature of several items + green tea-pickled veg helps as did the yuzu sake to finish like a digestif.

I wish the counter seats were a bit higher up so it was easier to see the kitchen working to prepare items especially the sushi.

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