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.
Akira Christmas Menu: £100
5 courses & a welcome cocktail.
Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service at 12.5%.
Valid For: 1 - 8 people
Starts: 24 December 2019
Ends: 24 December 2019
Availability: Tue 12:00-14:00
Akira Christmas Menu: £100
5 courses & a welcome cocktail.
Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.
Valid For: 1 - 8 people
Starts: 16 December 2019
Ends: 23 December 2019
Availability: Sun 12:00-14:30
Mon-Sat 12:00-14:00 18:00-21:45
whether you're on a city trip or in London for business, never miss out on an occasion to have lunch or dinner at Kensington High Streets AKIRA restaurant.
The food is the best Japanese I've ever eaten outside Japan !
Food was very good and interesting. Ambiance nice and comfortable. Happy to revisit anytime.
Went for our first anniversary dinner and was so impressed, it was a perfect venue. Fantastically fresh food beautifully presented and served by such professional and unobtrusive waiting staff. It was a perfect and incredibly impressive meal in a subtle and relaxed setting.
Largely disappointing I am sad to report. Maybe this is fine if you’ve never tasted real Japanese food, but the lack of Japanese staff says it all for me. Mediocre sushi, great sake (gotta give them that), a bento box that left a lot to the imagination and then this incomprehensible hot stone situation of mixed grill and tempura (only spring onions, none of the delicious stuff that makes tempura great) with a weird ‘side’ of sushi. The food wasn’t bad at all (notwithstanding some tough fatty tuna) but certainly not worth the price. I’m disappointed
The food was brilliant.
Food was amazing and a fun atmosphere!
Your manager has extremely bad attitude, he is not appropriate person for service in Japanese restaurant. He doesn’t have respect mind to customers. He shouldn’t have taken the position otherwise the restaurant rates go down and Japanese restaurant ranks are declined either. Such a shame experience. Actually, one of my friend who lives in around the restaurant told me that you should not go there, cuz not good restaurant but I wanted to try once so I just chose there. I’ll never go again also never recommend my friends.
The food is outstanding. Ambience average (not complaining about the minimalist look, just about how cheap the leather benching and how faux the back the wood panels in the seating area looked. The look of the counter and of the bar is a bit better: minimalism without savings, at least). Service could be more attentive. We had to call their attention on more than a couple of occasions. We were also wondering why the scarcity of Japanese waiter personnel (and how we could get their attention). Thank God the Japanese are in the kitchen! The quality of the food and of the cooking is impressive. A journey for the palate. Simple and yet outstanding.
A big disappointment
Overall very good. Service a bit slow to start with-but recovered.
terrific ambience, unbelievably fresh food, extremely well presented too. A tad on the expensive side!
my only disappointment was that I had asked for a dessert for my son- as it was his birthday- and I requested a candle be put in it- but they forgot!
The service was extremely poor. Non existent. And the food was really uninspiring. Eating cream cheese in sushi is so not Japan house style.
food is ok, but set menu is too big and not balanced , not thought though
Treated my partner to a birthday meal, we had the 5 course robata & sushi menus. The food was absolutely delicious and of course presented beautifully. The service was exceptional and they even made the desert a special birthday one which was a lovely touch. A very enjoyable experience and would definitely recommend.
A wonderful experience. We came to celebrate an 18th birthday. Exquisite food beautifully presented. Fantastic staff. Very welcoming. Thank you.
Amazing food, excellent quality. Looking forward to our next visit.
The food presentation was great, but nothing that amazing. The set menus focused of quantity, not quality. The best thing about the restaurant is the Japanese toilets in the rest rooms.
The quality of the ingredient is really does not match the price. We ordered sea urchin sashimi and I have to say those ware forzen and really not the right quality for sashimi.
The set menu remains the attraction, but have to say it is not as good as the last time I was here. The sashimi fishes are not better than any chain Japanese restaurants’.
Absolutely awesome food, exquisitely presented. Great service and excellent choice even for even gluten and dairy free.
The legend of a chef is very good at adapting dishes for dietary needs.
Food was great. We ordered two 5-course omakase (one robuta and one sushi). The food was of excellent quality. The toro (fatty tuna) makes the whole journey there worth it! But the tempura on main of robuta omakase has been put aside for too long, the tempura coating was soggy. This is the only disappointment on food. Otherwise it is fabulous!
An excellent Japanese dining in London. I have ordered three-course set dinner menu. A tasty foods are served in a 15 compartment wooden box. Very good idea to presenting the foods to tickle our taste buds and visual treat.
Must say food was alright , could have been slightly fresher , specially the tuna.
Service was rubbish , they thought for themselves when to bring the bill without us ordering it , after that they kept insisting for us to pay intruding and disturbing our conversation when there was still a couple who hadn’t finish their dinning either right next to us.
Apparently their manager wanted to close the till early...
Rubbish excuse for such a high expectation of service and an elevated price . Would never recommend.
If you have the chance to go somewhere else do so.
Best sushi in London, and as good as anything I have had in NYC or Japan. Already recommended it to 3 people. Will definitely be back. And for what it is, it is priced very fairly.
amazing experience one of my favorite place in London
I took my mum for her birthday and she really enjoyed it. The service is very good ( also baby friendly) and the presentation of food is exceptional. Taste wise- it is good and as good as one can expect from a decent Japanese restaurant. The set menu is surprisingly good value but quite a lot to go through for lunch. Next time I will order a bento instead.
Definitely recommend it!
Excellent service throughout. Food is beautifully presented and tastes wonderful.
Akhira has become a trip to Japan for us. Great culinery experiance we have been following since the opening and the standards have been held steady. Well done . Quickest way to spend a few hours in Japan in London . Also being above an exhibition hall which changes monthly with talks on the displayed goods which can also be purchased. We are planning a trip to Japan so the travel section also downstairs is an added bonus for great current brochures all in english. Well done Akhira team keep up the good work. Doumo Arigatou Gozaimasu..
The food and service was very good indeed, and I would recommend Akira to anyone interested in trying Japanese food for the first time, as we did. We were there on a Thursday evening, and it was not busy which meant it was not noisy and service was quick and friendly, but I had the impression the staff would be attentive and welcoming under pressure for sure. We believe we had value for money, though the beer seemed a little expensive at £8.00 per bottle.
The Japanese Head Chef lost it completely.
He was very aggressive and abusive towards Floor Managers who provided amazing service.
I saw very arrogant Head Chef who thrown cutting board on sushi counter, he was hitting boxes and behave outrageously.
We couldn’t believe what we saw!
The food is without any taste camouflaged with pretty crockery.
The sushi counter is completely overloaded with bento boxes, plates which is shocking to see.
The Head Chef has no clue on how to run kitchen and design it. I’m disappointed to see Head Chef like him in prestigious Japan House London.
Such variety, such flavour! A wonderful dining experience for my Wife and I, enjoying the 5 course tasting menu - I would absolutely recommend this given both the amount of food and the variety of the food.
I could wax lyrical for paragraphs and never do the food justice - best asian cuisine I have ever had.
I went there for my birthday dinner with my boyfriend. Everything was very very nice, both food and service. They also did surprised birthday cake to me, such a lovely restaurant.
Another great meal at Akira. This time I had the exhibition special - basically buckwheat noodles in a dashi broth with daikon radishes and spring onions (kamo nanban soba). Great for slurping!
Loved the energy and spaciousness and the food was very good
the service on the day was unacceptable - had to wait for the order some 20 minutes, had to wait for the bill for another 15 minutes (they were clearly understaffed). The food was excellent (it was our third or fourth visit). Interestingly enough they had no high chair so our babies had to be in their pram.
Too bad that such a good restaurant is let down by service (BTW they also made no attempt to make it up by knocking off something from the bill or the like),
Compleanno di mia moglie
A great let-down. All the cooked items were overwhelmed by tangy sauces and oversalted.
I have lived in Japan and been to Japanese restaurants around the world, but I have never seen sashimi presented with mayonnaise and chili sauce. To top it off it is expensive.
I would never have expected this in a place like Japan House. I shall not be returning or recommending this restaurant.
Service was not great
They seem to be in a rush to close the kitchen
Food was high quality
Wonderful food, staff really attentive and explain all dishes.