Akira at Japan House London

4.4
121 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Special Occasions
  • 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 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

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 121 People Are Saying
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MB
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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

Very nice set up an service. The food is good but not mind blowing and there is certainly better value Japanese restaurants if you are her for the food. Love the decor though

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

I had high hopes for this restaurant as it is in Japan House, which is used for show-casing the best of everything Japanese.

The food was good, especially quality of sashimi and sushi. I'm really happy with them and my hubby who ordered the sushi omakase was loving it.

What let it down is the fact that the service was slightly less impressive than other Japanese restaurants of the same calibre. There's a slight lack of attention to details. Don't get me wrong, it is still decent service, but again I wouldn't expect to have to ask for little plates for bones / containers for used skewers, and you certainly wouldn't expect to be served food in a chipped bowl (which in both my and Japanese culture, is pretty unacceptable and disrespectful to not just the customers but the restaurant itself).

I did get a discount off my bill so I suppose I can't really complaint, but it isn't really the showcasing of Japanese cuisine I was expecting. May be I'm too demanding based on my experience with top notched Japanese establishments here and back in Asia. Or may be the level of perfection Japanese seek constantly have been slightly lost in translation. It is almost there, but not quite.

I will still give it another chance, given the food is good enough. As long as you have the right expectations before heading there you could still enjoy a lovely meal.

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AB
London
17 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply perfect

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m
London
86 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

A new Japanese restaurant in London, very good selection of food and very lovely to look at as well as eat. Have been their twice in one week. Bit expensive, but good Japanese food always is. Definitely go again at some point in the future.

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K
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Modern Japanese food. Presentation is very nice. Sushi is excellent !

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s
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite a la carte and tasting menu.
View of the kitchen and great decor.
Great quality.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!
Lovely Wagyu Beef and the best Matcha cake ever in London.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Good food but totally lacks of service organisation. Takes too long to complète dinner and plates come in in a confused order and timing. Could do much better.

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s
London
8 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The idea , the setting are great and quite enjoyable ! The service it’s not at the same level of the food , unfortunately the only negative point

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SC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for another lovely meal yesterday, we found the food delicious, ambiance and service exemplary, however the presentation is the really outstanding & memorable experience.

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HA
London
22 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not impressed, sushi rolls were mediocre and it did not feel cozy. Somehow they failed to make this fresh and beautiful Japan House’s restaurant special, does not feel japanese at all...

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h
London
12 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

£40 for a Sushi Bento Box, can it be worth it? Absolutely! Everything mouthful was fantastic. You could see and taste what you are paying for, and it's money well spent.

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TM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Having lived in Japan for 6 years, I prefer authentic Japanese food as opposed to Japanese Fusion. I did not like the combination of ingredients in the tuna roll or the cucumber roll and the ginger had a weird taste. The staff was very accommodating and nice but I expected authentic Japanese food given the entire building was dedicated to Japanese arts and crafts. Will not return - prefer Kiku on Half Moon Street.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Disappointing. If you want great Japanese food go to sake no hanna instead!

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening at Akira, fantastic food at a reasonable price, relaxing ambience and friendly service.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Too bright- no ambience. Good came out sporadically - sushi rolls were too elaborate And much to much rice. Vs other ingredients
Waiter not god at helping us navigate menu.

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M
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is almost too beautiful to eat, presentation is amazing but does not outshine the taste. Staff are very helpful if you are unfamiliar with Japanese food.

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JL
London
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb!! We love the food there, everything was nice!

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r
London
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We were celebrating a birthday and I brought a cake with a personalised birthday message. Were charged £8 per head to serve the cake (£48 pounds as we were 6 people).
What really upset me was the fact that an additional "service charge" was added to this cake charge! Like a tax on a tax! When I pointed this out I received a shrug from the manager....
Also, in a rather empty restaurant, we had to remind waiters of forgotten drinks orders.
As a result I would not go there again, especially as there are great Sushi places nearby.

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just great.

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C
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food, the service was really great. Lively environment , would love to come back.

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CD
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very pleased to find this place. I think it is one of the best Japanese food in London. Authentic and beautifully presented.

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a
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

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.

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SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite; delicate beauty; amazing food to be enjoyed with eyes before actually being put into the mouth

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n
London
27 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Dining at Akira is an experience. Bento boxes offer a variety of flavors and textures and is visually outstanding.

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SC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
London
24 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have now been to Akira three times and continue to find the food as good as the first time.

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V
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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....

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HG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food and service mediocre. This chef used to be so much better at Engawa.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous plating.. absolutely delicious authentic Japanese food.. very attentive staff. Great experience. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 3

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.

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PC
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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:(

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EJ
London
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

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.

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food beautifully presented and friendly staff

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FA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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SA
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant surprise, will visit again and check the other items on the menu

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D
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a restaurant! Literally heaven on earth. Dramatic kitchen , attention to detail, attentative waiters. Nothing I would rather do than go back here !

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f
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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