Akira at Japan House London

4.4
136 reviews
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£41 and over
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Japanese
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  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
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: 9:45pm

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

Christmas Omakase Dinner: 7 Courses £115

Pre-order booking required, please contact Akira Restaurant once reservation has been made. Bookings of 8+ must provide Credit Card details to secure booking.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 10 people

Starts: 17 December 2018

Ends: 23 December 2018

Availability: Mon-Sat 18:00-21:45

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 136 People Are Saying
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M
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good sushi and sashimi and impressive array of dishes with the omakasi menus. Fair service but a little expensive. Main negative is the canned electronic music.

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IK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I (from Tokyo) had lunch with a friend of mine (from London). I was excited to try out a Japanese restaurant after staying in Europe for a while but it was just average fusion food, nothing much authentic. I expect authentic food from my country if a restaurant is in “Japan House” which introduces arts, crafts, gourmet food stuff from Japan. Service was friendly and smooth but probably I won’t go back.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lovely venue, we sat at the counter which seemed much better as the lighting here nicer than the main tables. Overall food was all served very beautifully on large hot rocks, and the quality was excellent. My only problem is that everything seemed (apart from the chicken wings) overly seasoned either by extra sauce that was not needed or by too strong additional flavours. The yakatori was fantastic but why then cover it with sweet sauce and mayo? This should be optional as the ingredients are very good and wonderfully cooked already on the charcoal grill, it doesn’t need additional flavouring. The spicy tuna roll again was totally over fussy and tasted more like something from a Mexican restaurant, not a Japanese restaurant. The matcha crepe cake for dessert was sublime however. I’ll go again maybe but will request no extra sauce on my yakatori. I think asking if customers want sauce on the side instead would be a real help. This place has lots of potential!

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MA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I had been here for lunch right after they opened it. We had bento boxes and we really enjoyed it so we thought we’d go back for dinner. We ordered an Asian salad which was very nice, some veggies, miso soup, crab and meat croquettes, and a good range of sushi. We didn’t like that the sushi came with many sauces like mayonnaise and other similar sauces. Sushi is not meant to be eaten like that. The aubergines also had a dense and sweet sauce on top that I had to take off.
I don’t think we will come back for the sushi here. We might go back to the bar and to have other food, but not sushi.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is great!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Service pitoyable : plus d’une heure et demie pour être servis

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J
London
10 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food - room can get a bit noisy when full of diners AND music (music not necessary, especially as the restaurant is all hard surfaces with nothing to absorb the noise, so can make conversation difficult). Overall, we enjoyed it enormously

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party

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TG
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautifully presented, friendly staff and a real treat. Expensive but worth it.

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l
London
68 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent quality food with lovely presentation. Set lunch was filling, did not have space for dessert. Really enjoyed the meal, will return! Staff friendly and attentive.

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BC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant great.
Music too load and not enhancing experience.
Lights not in style and ambience.
Missing colour around. Food has it.
Missing even an elegant modern picture or just the japan flag on the walls.

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MG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Initial surprise at open plan nature of restaurant; lacks a little the traditional sophisitication and peace of Japanese restaurants but one gets used to it. Service excellent; no delays. Presentation first class. Quantity substantial; more than expected. Quality and originality of food very good. Main course beef a little sparse. Very good wine list and wines-by-the-glass.
Overall a place I would revisit. Far better than some Central London venues, eg the establishment in Bury St, St James's.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A restaurant made for Instagram.
The food has a high quality standard and the diversity you are presented with when choosing the menu is fantastic.

The services was friendly but one felt that they were under pressure and hectic

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JT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food are served by very beautiful pots ,bowls and plates etc. The presentation is superb as typical Japanese way. The sashimi are fresh and very good. Only criticism is the rich wagyuu doesn't match with Ikura (salmon roe ) Ikura looks pretty, but it has own strong taste, so don't put them over the Wagyuu don.
Tasting menu is generous quantity but it would be nice to finish with Yuzu ice cream or something small refreshing dessert.
As a whole, it is good value. Sushi needs something more original for the Westerners. Cross the road, Yashin has very good varieties of sushi.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2018
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 on 11 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

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d
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
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 on 10 November 2018
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
23 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
11 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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