Akira at Japan House London

4.4
162 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasions
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
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: 9:45pm

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 10 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
8-10 people £1500
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

Special Offers

Valentines Day Omakase 7 Courses at £200 for 2 people

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 2 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 2 people

Starts: 14 February 2019

Ends: 16 February 2019

Availability: Thu-Sat 12:00-14:00 18:00-21:45

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 162 People Are Saying
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MJ
London
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bento Brilliance.... possibly my new favourite place in London ❤️🍱❤️

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

the extremely long waiting time has spoiled the lunch

food quality is high level , but unacceptable waiting time , compromising also the quality ( tempura was cold when eventually served ) and the general experience - when we reached the time for dessert , kitchen was closed

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

Everything is average and value is poor
Way to expensive for what it offers

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i
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

As a party of six we greatly enjoyed the food and its service. Top marks for that, but the missing star is because there seemed to be a disconnect between the food service and the drinks service. Beer was OK for the two that chose that, but top-ups of water, wine (3), and green tea (1) seemed to be very hard work to achieve, in one case requiring a journey to attract attention of the waiting staff. Even then, communication back to the bar seemed to take an age. So, "immediately sir" translated into about 5 minutes, with other responses pro-rata longer. The food service was attentive but no-one seemed to check glasses/cups. We are still not convinced the wine bottle was emptied - anywhere else would have shown it emptied and asked if another was required. Revenue foregone. Recommendation: go for the food, stick to beer and give it 5 stars. We noticed a table of Japanese people with that strategy: maybe they had been there before.

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DQ
London
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful lunch on a return visit to Akira. Thank you.

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing treat recommend the £60 set menu incredibly sophisticated

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AG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! The food is great, top quality and served with the right amount of theatre.

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LG
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the service impeccable, however it is slightly overpriced. I guess one pays for the atmosphere. Ok as a special occasion.

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SA
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal in London in long time. Creative, exciting, amazing flavours and superb innovative presentation.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing omakase lunch menu. I had the robata and my husband had the sushi. The sashimi course was beautiful and delicious - the highlight of the menu.
Service was good until the end of the meal when we were left waiting for 30mins, had to pester for the bill and then again to pay and no dessert menu offered.

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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

You are greeted by the chefs shouting out a greeting in Japanese - a nice touch but by the time the 20th customer comes.....The food is superb. Fresh, healthy and beautifully presented in exquisite containers. I highly recommend the box specials which are stunning and relatively good value.
On the whole the staff are attentive, however the managers are austere, very remote and have no social skills. They are unaware of the importance even just a smile would make, and that spoils the ambiance.

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NF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wouahhh... quelle adresse ... tous les plats sont des chefs d’oeuvre qui ont un prix.. mais à ne pas manquer ... je veux y retourner ....

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C
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I have been to Japan House few times before but this time should be a special one where I surprised my partner on his birthday which it was sorted a month ago and I was recommended by one of staff when I called to confirming the booking that it's better to choose the desert with my partner name after the main course as surprise but it didn't happen at all.. so I've called one of staff and complaint about it...

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SS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great dinner.
The fatty tuna nigiri and the Maccha mille crepe was amazing!

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EG
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sushi Omakase was very well worth it. Fish was all very fresh and preparation of each dish was all individually superb

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DZ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

After visiting Engawa on 30 occasions I decided to try its newly opened related establishment.
Pro
1. Great quality fish
2. Innovative presentation
3. Friendly service
Cons
Servers kept confusing orders with other tables
Fish comes with generous amounts of unknown ingredients ( raw cashews or walnuts ) which are not matching the general flow of the meal.
Will not come back till they reinvent themselves with service and food flows.

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the lunch menus. Was very impressed with the quality of food. Went to Engawa (the other restaurant owned by the same owner) once and liked Akira more!

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AB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just love this place, the food is amazing and the service exceptional

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N
London
33 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to a Japanese paper exhibition at Japan House, and arranged to eat at Akira afterwards. My family are foodies, and all absolutely loved the food. Two had the Sushi Omakase, and two had the Wagyu Omakase. These are not cheap options, but the food was beautifully prepared, stunningly presented, very fresh and delicious. Other reviewers have suggested some of the flavour combinations did not work, but I did not find that. You can choose whether to use the sauces or not. We will definitely go again. Service is attentive, but not obtrusive.

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D
London
9 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive and fun. Menu has just the right amount of choice and not overwhelming. The wagyu is not to be missed! Go for it!

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OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really amazing

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SS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Wagyu Robata and Sushi were great.
The chef and staff was nice and efficient.
I recommend you the beautiful food and the atmosphere.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 3

Food is always exceptional buton this occasion the service was extremely disappointing (we had to ask for our wine 3 times, the table was dirty and wasn’t cleaned, waiter attitude medium). I mentioned this to one of the managers mid way through the dinner and he said he would deal with it, only to be further disappointed for the rest of the dinner and to be charged for food we hadn’t received.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to a Japanese restaurant, but Akira easily exceeded our expectations. The food was exceptional - everything was served in both a timely and calm manner. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and tasty two hours spent in a relaxing environment. Akira's real jewel in the crown is their staff, who were not only knowledgable about the menu, but were also courteous, very professional and willing to take time to speak with you (and answer questions on the Japan House logo!) We would thoroughly recommend Akira at Japan House to anyone who would like to enjoy an authentic Japanese dining experience.

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good sushi and sashimi and impressive array of dishes with the omakasi menus. Fair service but a little expensive. Main negative is the canned electronic music.

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IK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I (from Tokyo) had lunch with a friend of mine (from London). I was excited to try out a Japanese restaurant after staying in Europe for a while but it was just average fusion food, nothing much authentic. I expect authentic food from my country if a restaurant is in “Japan House” which introduces arts, crafts, gourmet food stuff from Japan. Service was friendly and smooth but probably I won’t go back.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely venue, we sat at the counter which seemed much better as the lighting here nicer than the main tables. Overall food was all served very beautifully on large hot rocks, and the quality was excellent. My only problem is that everything seemed (apart from the chicken wings) overly seasoned either by extra sauce that was not needed or by too strong additional flavours. The yakatori was fantastic but why then cover it with sweet sauce and mayo? This should be optional as the ingredients are very good and wonderfully cooked already on the charcoal grill, it doesn’t need additional flavouring. The spicy tuna roll again was totally over fussy and tasted more like something from a Mexican restaurant, not a Japanese restaurant. The matcha crepe cake for dessert was sublime however. I’ll go again maybe but will request no extra sauce on my yakatori. I think asking if customers want sauce on the side instead would be a real help. This place has lots of potential!

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MA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I had been here for lunch right after they opened it. We had bento boxes and we really enjoyed it so we thought we’d go back for dinner. We ordered an Asian salad which was very nice, some veggies, miso soup, crab and meat croquettes, and a good range of sushi. We didn’t like that the sushi came with many sauces like mayonnaise and other similar sauces. Sushi is not meant to be eaten like that. The aubergines also had a dense and sweet sauce on top that I had to take off.
I don’t think we will come back for the sushi here. We might go back to the bar and to have other food, but not sushi.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is great!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Service pitoyable : plus d’une heure et demie pour être servis

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J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food - room can get a bit noisy when full of diners AND music (music not necessary, especially as the restaurant is all hard surfaces with nothing to absorb the noise, so can make conversation difficult). Overall, we enjoyed it enormously

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party

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TG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautifully presented, friendly staff and a real treat. Expensive but worth it.

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l
London
70 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent quality food with lovely presentation. Set lunch was filling, did not have space for dessert. Really enjoyed the meal, will return! Staff friendly and attentive.

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BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant great.
Music too load and not enhancing experience.
Lights not in style and ambience.
Missing colour around. Food has it.
Missing even an elegant modern picture or just the japan flag on the walls.

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MG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Initial surprise at open plan nature of restaurant; lacks a little the traditional sophisitication and peace of Japanese restaurants but one gets used to it. Service excellent; no delays. Presentation first class. Quantity substantial; more than expected. Quality and originality of food very good. Main course beef a little sparse. Very good wine list and wines-by-the-glass.
Overall a place I would revisit. Far better than some Central London venues, eg the establishment in Bury St, St James's.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A restaurant made for Instagram.
The food has a high quality standard and the diversity you are presented with when choosing the menu is fantastic.

The services was friendly but one felt that they were under pressure and hectic

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food are served by very beautiful pots ,bowls and plates etc. The presentation is superb as typical Japanese way. The sashimi are fresh and very good. Only criticism is the rich wagyuu doesn't match with Ikura (salmon roe ) Ikura looks pretty, but it has own strong taste, so don't put them over the Wagyuu don.
Tasting menu is generous quantity but it would be nice to finish with Yuzu ice cream or something small refreshing dessert.
As a whole, it is good value. Sushi needs something more original for the Westerners. Cross the road, Yashin has very good varieties of sushi.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good but very noisy ambience I usually go to the São Paulo Brazil Japan house restaurant and is much more silent

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LU
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place! Excellent service and the bento box looked amazing.

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