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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoyed the food, the service was really great. Lively environment , would love to come back.
Very pleased to find this place. I think it is one of the best Japanese food in London. Authentic and beautifully presented.
Very disapointing food in all respects. Bizarre combinations and everything covered in cheese and nothing worked at all despite asking the staff for assistance in choices. Very strange experience.
Exquisite; delicate beauty; amazing food to be enjoyed with eyes before actually being put into the mouth
Dining at Akira is an experience. Bento boxes offer a variety of flavors and textures and is visually outstanding.
I took my father there for his 87th birthday and the food and service were impecible, they were very helpful with helping him up from his seat. But best of all unasked for they produced the most beautiful and elegant Matcha crepe cake - which was delicious. Although there are many delicious things on the menu the sheer beauty of the Akira Bento Box is hard to beat
I have now been to Akira three times and continue to find the food as good as the first time.
I was disappointed to find that there was very limited selection of dishes for lunch. I’ve been to Akira previously and the dinner menu is exceptional. I came especially for sushi and I was unable to have just simple tuna roll which was quite shocking coming to a Japanese restaurant. The waitress tried her best to help and proposed a bento with only tuna but unfortunately the chef declined. It made me feel disappointed and I went for waguy don. Waguy was delicious but the dish wasn’t worth its price. Now I know to only go there for dinner....
Food and service mediocre. This chef used to be so much better at Engawa.
Gorgeous plating.. absolutely delicious authentic Japanese food.. very attentive staff. Great experience. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
Food itself was amazing, but everything leading up to that was pure chaos. After having multiple problems actually getting a booking the day before my birthday dinner, which was mainly website related, I had to cancel a few hours later due to the late arrival of my family from overseas. This led to a confirmation call saying that the cancellation was acknowledged and successful, thus the call was ended. Later that day, less than 45 minutes before the booking, another call from Akira informed me that I would be charged 400£ cancellation fee! Even if I tried, I could not find enough people in this short period of time to make up for the missing people for the booking. And mind you, it was supposed to my birthday dinner, where you could expect at least a bit leniency, but although I managed to get half the party, by this point random friends who happened to be free on short notice, not my family, they still charged me 100£ cancellation fee at the end of the night and "apologized" for the inconvenience. So all in all, even though the food was amazing, the flexibility of the management was appauling.
London is expensive, but Japan House was over the top expensive for its value. Presentation beautiful, but quantity wasn’t enough for my pet bird:(
I was looking forward to going here. However, the menu was limited and adding shredded cheese the Kobe beef was not the best option. For the price, I expected a more traditional approach. It's a loud place to eat I would recommend it for afternoon lunch because it looks like a food court/cafeteria.
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.