Akira at Japan House London

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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 190 People Are Saying
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F
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went by myself to dine in this restaurant. However, there was no awkwardness, and the staffs were very kind and delicate. I ordered 14 types of the bento box, and they were remarkable. I recommend this restaurant to those who want to enjoy the taste of sushi rather than some occasion.

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LP
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sensational food and excellent service- Fabio is their hidden gem. 10/10

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

recommendation would be a guarded yes - Not as good as expected. Sashami was very good, Sushi less so. Would have been nice to see more Japanese staff in a restaurant run by Japan House. For example, staff didn't know what they were serving, we were never asked if we wanted drinks

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I
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Superb food, both presentation and taste. Well worth a seat at the bar. Stunning cocktails but drinks service was very slow which was a shame. Only real blip in an otherwise faultless dinner

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s
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We have been looking forward to going to Japan house for some time and admittedly chose a busy evening to do so (Valentines day). We received first wagyu beef croquettes which we didn't like all that much. They were served with fois Gras, not on the menu, and we prefer not to eat it. They also just weren't that nice and I had a bit of grissle in mine. We then had a delicious sea bream salad and fatty tuna served on a hot stone. Both of these were divine. Then we waited. We kept waiting. We waited 45 minutes to receive our next 3 dishes. We were told the kitchen was busy which i can believe but I expect better from a restaurant that is charging as much as this one. Eventually our nigiri arrived, again divine, and we waited about another 5 minutes before getting 2 chicken thigh skewers, also pretty good, and another 5 minutes before shitaki mushrooms. These were also delicious but I refuse to believe it took them nearly an hour to get 6 mushrooms to our table.

We drank the deep pink mocktail which was wonderful.

Overall, delicious food, aside from the croquettes, and unfortunately poor service.

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OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I was underwhelmed. I’ve eaten fabulous sushi and this didn’t make the grade. It was good but not great by any means. Service was poor - even with a reservation it took 20 minutes to be seated and the waiter never once refilled my water. I was expecting a lot more.

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HC
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Yes loved the attention to presentation details for the food. Taste was good for us especially the wagyu though portion was tiny. We loved the Omakase sets.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was terrible. Food is good but not very good value.

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J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a set lunch for L40 each , sushi and Akira boxes. They look beautifully presented but one piece of small Wagyu is awfully disappointing, it is scraggy and far from real Wagyu taste. Shouln't mention Wagyu and better take this off the menu.

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NS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and delicious Japanese food! Baby friendly as well with the changing facilities and lift!

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely decor and vibes. Chefs were calm, waiters were attentive. Everything was great!

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great addition to our neighbourhood.
Great food, friendly service & very chic.
They make great Japanese food with a real twist. Try the ceasar salad (amazing), the grilled shiitake mushroom, the Japanese fish & chips.... great sushi... the food is pure gorgeousness. The wine list is great too.

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PI
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whilst waiting for my guest I enjoyed a customised cocktail from the friendly barman. The bar was pleasantly quiet and well stocked with Japanese gems. On entering the restaurant area the customary welcome from the chefs was perfectly pitched and joyful. The restaurant was beautifully furnished in a modern Japanese style. The 5 course Robata grill set menu was outstanding - creatively presented and perfectly perfectly prepared. The fish was immaculately fresh and the wagyu beef sublime. The meal was perfectly paced and the waiting staff both friendly and discreet. All in all an outstanding experience I would repeat in a heartbeat.

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JJ
London
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese in London!! Spring for the 3 course tasting menu -- a real treat!

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EC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

To tell the truth I was disappointed. The quality is good but of 14 nigiri pieces only 2 or 3 were awesome.
And many had a touch of mayonnaise, which I hate.
I said I wanted Sea urchin and Ikura as part of my sushi box and they never came, but the price had risen to 50 pounds as if they had come. The price was adjusted to 40 pounds, but still, nobody told me that what I wanted was not available or asked me if what they were going to serve me was right for me.
Our waiter (which was very kind) disappeared right after we had ordered (I guess to have lunch himself) and the other waiters did not seem to care about us at all.

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service .
We had the £60 menu, a taste of everything, all exquisite. We will book again .

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food and surprisingly good value. Large portions and really tasty food

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nicely presented food, with great service.

I love the atmosphere, it is friendly and slightly formal at the same time.

A really good place.

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H
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

nothing authentic about the food. was all soaked and covered in sauces. some dishes were awful. my £50 80g kobe beef steak was cold in the middle. couldnt believe japanese chefs are capable of such a blunder. (most werent thou, despite hostess saying they are). service was appalling. had to wait 10mins to pay my bill and they were seriously understaffed.

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V
London
57 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was outstanding. We went for the set menu which was incredible - the 3 course Robata Omakase. A taste sensation.
The service was OK, but not great. We had a glass of champagne to start as it was my husbands birthday and asked that our starter not come until we had had our drink, however it arrived immediately with our sake, so it felt a bit rushed.

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P
London
13 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Had dinner with 2 friends to celebrate a birthday which they knew. It’s disappointing that nothing was done for that in an age where any restaurant would usually put a candle or something small on your desert. I hadn’t asked for anything but they didn’t offer either. So maybe it’s my bad, but this is why I found the service disappointing: it’s rather non existent and rather clumsy. Sommelier however was much friendlier and helpful and you could sense passion in him which is what I expected in a restaurant like this.
Food wise, everything was excellent and fairly priced for the standard and quality of ingredients. The Caesar salad, crab balls, chicken meatball skewer with soft boiled egg, sea urchin to name a few really were delightful. The Akira desert is also a MUST have, you will not regret it.
Overall atmosphere is peaceful and how lovely not to have music being played!

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S
London
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The waiter was helpful. The chefs greeted us when we entered and exited. The menu didn't have any photos so it is really difficult to understand as a tourist. The prizes were ridiculously high. The food was good.

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y
London
1 review
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place with awesome food!

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AG
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great experience

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CM
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely adored our visit to Akira at Japan House. The welcome from the staff made both of us smile and feel very comfortable, which I highly valued as my partner does not often enjoy the atmosphere at high price dining restaurants. The atmosphere was lovely, we felt there was a lot to take in and the seats at the bar looked very good for watching the food being made. We tried the Sushi Omakase and Robata Omakase (3 set course) menu for £60 each and every dish was a visual and sensory delight. This menu allowed us to be adventurous and we enjoyed every bite. Also found the Peachberry cocktail delicious. We will recommend to our families and friends upon visiting London.

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FF
London
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Japanese experience with a modern touch. The quality of the food is high and so is the service. Would definitely recommend both Omakase menus (three course is already a lot of food).

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BY
London
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Start with the positive: presentation was interesting, you can see the effort going into it. If you want some nice photos for your social media, you won't be disappointed.

But if you are looking for authentic Japanese, you would be. Freshness of the ingredients, the way they were seasoned, prepared and done, and most importantly the taste of it - they just didn't get it right. There is a long way for them to justify their pricing / positioning.

In addition, you won't experience much of authentic Japanese services here. Purely you don't sense the level of services and attention to detail if you are in Japan / Japanese-run restaurant.

Overall, be careful of how you set your expectation. This place is indeed in Japan House, but still far from representative of Japanese experience.

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MJ
London
26 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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a
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2019
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 on 11 January 2019
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 on 11 January 2019
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 on 11 January 2019
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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m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely food but a bit pricey so would save for special occasions. The matcha millecrepe cake for dessert was absolutely delicious and highly recommended for matcha lovers.

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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
5 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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