Akira at Japan House London

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235 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 235 People Are Saying
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T
London
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good service,great food beautifully presented. I most recommend the special boxes which look like little treasures.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Worth the money! Something new and unusual for London!

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

Overall very good, indeed! But I can't give them 5 stars as they are still using plastic spoons for stirring sugar in coffee or tea... Pls don't use plastic anymore, save our planet! And metal spoon are so much nicer...

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NM
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined en famille for an important birthday lunch. From the outset we enjoyed the cheerful welcome from the chefs, the helpful service, and the theatre of the food. We hope to return!

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t
London
34 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent authentic Japanese restaurant with outstanding sashimi. Sushi and robata and an excellent list of drinks and cocktails

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NC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall it was a great experience. The skewers were a bit hit or miss (the pork belly was a bit too chewy) but the presentation was interesting, if a bit hazardous. My favourite part was the mille crepe. It was the best I've ever had.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was great, service was friendly and the food looked pretty. It was a bit hit and miss with the menu though. Some things worked (great great aubergine) and some things didn't (tomato salsa on spicy tuna rolls :/)

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CG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are excellent. They also customised my dessert for my birthday. Superb experience as always.

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KW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for lunch or dinner with excellent food and service.

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a
Kent
61 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Kind, polite, friendly service. Bento Box was so beautiful and tasty, and Omakase course include the box is very good value I felt. The dessert 'Japanese pudding' tasted of something I had in my childhood, good.
Personally, it was really disappointing that they served Japanese tea in a cup with a handle and it was weak. It was beautiful tea, this is a restaurant in THE Japan House, so please serve it with a tea pot and with a YUNOMI type tea cup/bowl (and saucer)! I don't mind paying more for it.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food is ok, nothing too special. Would only recommend it if you are around the area.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing sushi with brown rice!

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NS
London
16 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is good and tasty with both presentation and quality. However, the price is quite high as compared to quantity of food they served.

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TH
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is beautifully presented and so delicious, I haven't had a lunch like that before and the dinner was stupendous even if we did have to sit at the bar due to we did not reserve!

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H
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Okay to start, the staff is INCREDIBLY kind, so this is not a personal affront to any of them. Unfortunately, we were sat at the worst possible spot in this restaurant - the far side of the bar, in the corner. And whether we were simply "out of sight" and therefore "out of mind", or the restaurant was just terribly under-staffed, we were pretty well ignored for most of the meal. We had to ask to order drinks, ask to order food, ask for a dessert menu (and then no one came to take the order), and finally ask to pay the bill. So although our server was incredibly sweet when she cam around, we barely saw her.

The food, it must be said, was lovely, but there seemed to be an issue with fruit flies in the restaurant. There were 6 (that I counted) sitting on the wall where I was (again - stuck in a corner), which isn't the most appetising view, not to mention the ones that were flying around the table. And by "table" I mean the sushi bar where they were preparing all of the food. I confess, it did put me off a bit.

So all in all, it was not a great experience, to say the least. Which is a shame, as we were really excited to try Akira. But all things considered (for a price tag nearing £200 for two of us*), we really weren't impressed.

*I should say that they did take £50 off our bill, considering the service, the bugs, and the fact that there was an accident where a cocktail was spilled nearly on us (my handbag was full of glass when I got home).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
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 on 22 March 2019
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 on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Birthday
Nice place

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LP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
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
4 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
4 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
113 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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