Akira at Japan House London

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258 reviews
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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

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: 10 May 2019

Ends: 10 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Wed 12:00-14:00

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: 10 May 2019

Ends: 10 November 2019

Availability: Mon-Wed 18:00-21:30

What 258 People Are Saying
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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our dinner at Akira was for a very special night: birthday, anniversary and engagement dinner.
The food was amazing, the presentation a real show.
The atmosphere was perfect and authentic, as well as quiet which is rare in London. We really enjoyed our night and will definitely come back.

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SK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the 3rd time I have come and loved the food.

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EL
Dubai
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Japanese cuisine! Highly recommend to everyone who wants tried authentic Japanese food.

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A
Bath
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Having never eaten at a Japanese restaurant before we were not sure what to expect. We did not know what to choose from the wide array of items on the menu so we opted for the 5 course set menu. The food was beautifully presented, waiting staff explained the different dishes as they arrived at the table. I had the sushi omakase, cannot fault the quality of the food but thought that the two main courses were a bit too similar. Loved the matcha desserts. Theatre of the open kitchen added to the experience. Bartender was happy to explain and make recommendations for the sake. Table was allocated for two hours, not quite enough time for the 5 course but we were not hurried out. Thanks to the service team and chefs for a very enjoyable evening.

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AD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food presented in beautiful ceramic. We also enjoyed selecting our own sake cup from a beautiful wooden box.

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CU
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

This is a fusion restaurant not a Japanese restaurant. And it is very good at what it does. The food is excellent, first class ingredients and well presented. However it is really a little gimmicky and uses a lot of adaptions and odd variations that I would not expect in a normal Japanese restaurant. But don't let that put you off. It is very entertaining and the robata menu in particular is very good.

However the service is not good. It was slow and the team did not really understand the menus that well which meant we ended up over-ordering and the items arrived in a very strange order. Sashimi should come first, and it did, but, after that, it was a bit random. Nevertheless, this was recognised and we enjoyed some complimentary desserts without asking or really complaining. That was a nice touch.

As we were a large table it was all OK and no one was in a particular rush. So it all worked out OK. But if I wanted to go for a quicker meal or perhaps something more intimate them I'm not so sure. It is not cheap but no good Japanese restaurant is and I expected this given the location.

Overall a good evening but it can be improved and especially the service overall.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Just terrible service, 45 min to get a drink! Food was messed with and not good and it was incredibly expensive

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding! Took my boyfriend for his birthday lunch and we had the 3 course set menu - so delicious and such a fun way to eat, the menu is so creative. 5 stars and we will definitely be back!

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MH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a dining experience. We could only get seats on the counter at my time of booking but actually that’s where you want to sit if only two people as you get to see the chefs at work. The sushi was unbelievable. I mean so fresh and just delicious. The best I’ve had in a long while. The grilled pork belly just melted in your mouth. The service was outstanding. A truly fantastic night out.

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent and the service was good. The matcha crepe desert was the best!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Our experience at Akira yesterday was terrible. The food was appalling. He are some highlights.

The tuna and salmon sashimi were carved backwards - from the tail to the head. Hardly “authentic” when the chef doesn’t yet know which way round the fish swims.

In my piece of yellowtail “sashimi” I had a fish bone.

Neither my wife nor I found ANYTHING in our tempura. It was just batter.

The “robata” meats were inedible. A scrawny lamb chop that was mostly blackened fat, some okay chicken, and a cube of some rubber beef-like meat. Ghastly. The stone on which it was served clearly has had old meat fats repeatedly soaked into it, adding a frisson of mould to the overall flavour..

In the bento box one of the “authentic” Japanese dishes is mashed potato. It has two pomegranate seeds on top to add to the incongruity.

Finally, the restaurant has all the ambience of an operating theatre, presaged on arrival by the burly Russian receptionist, who had all the charm of a bouncer, which he probably once was.

This place is a complete rip-off, run by charlatan, faux sushi chefs.

Give it a miss until management has a rethink.

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P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

genuine and authentic japanese food! Plenty for the adventurous and the first timer, great atmosphere .

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We often go there and went for a Birthday. The food was great but the order was taken incorrectly and the service was rushed. I expected a bit more for a well flagged special occasion.

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N
London
34 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent food and service. The omakase menus has plenty of food and huge variety served artfully in bento boxes. Each section has an explosion of flavour. The sushi is fresh and served at room temperature for maximum flavour. The robata dishes are served sizzling on a hot stone. Fabulous.

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OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely staff and food
My regular place for any sort of celebration

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FS
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

I love this places but I wouldn't go back on. Sunday. Management should not offer reservations at 245 if you are going to be rushed to order by 3 and leave at 4. The food is a fantastic as always

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L
London
53 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good value set menus at lunch.

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KR
London
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The quality of food was very authentic and service was very attentive. The portion was surprisingly large for Japanese food which was satisfying!

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Y
London
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waiting food for long time. Three people used 2 hours to finish lunch.

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S
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointed
Food came far too quickly. Wine never came. Description of food was poor. Some staff were working hard some staff weren’t helping. Left half way through.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Awful experience

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RC
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

As couple we booked for a Saturday lunch. Impressions and ambiance were very good. I ordered a rice dish with wagyu beef. I expected the star ingredient to be the wagyu beef but was deeply disappointed as the beef was chewy and stringy. At 35£ for the plate I felt ripped off. The flavours were good, but the main ingredient was just a disappointment. As a centre for Japanese excellence, there seems to be more style than substance and that's disappointing.

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t
London
23 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Best Japanese food in London, toro and yellowtail sushi was delicious. Creative appys - favourites were the Sea urchin, salmon & tuna egg crepe roll with truffle cream sauce and the belly tuna sashimi salad with jalapeno dressing

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T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good service,great food beautifully presented. I most recommend the special boxes which look like little treasures.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Worth the money! Something new and unusual for London!

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EB
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good, indeed! But I can't give them 5 stars as they are still using plastic spoons for stirring sugar in coffee or tea... Pls don't use plastic anymore, save our planet! And metal spoon are so much nicer...

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NM
London
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined en famille for an important birthday lunch. From the outset we enjoyed the cheerful welcome from the chefs, the helpful service, and the theatre of the food. We hope to return!

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t
London
34 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An excellent authentic Japanese restaurant with outstanding sashimi. Sushi and robata and an excellent list of drinks and cocktails

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NC
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall it was a great experience. The skewers were a bit hit or miss (the pork belly was a bit too chewy) but the presentation was interesting, if a bit hazardous. My favourite part was the mille crepe. It was the best I've ever had.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere was great, service was friendly and the food looked pretty. It was a bit hit and miss with the menu though. Some things worked (great great aubergine) and some things didn't (tomato salsa on spicy tuna rolls :/)

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CG
London
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are excellent. They also customised my dessert for my birthday. Superb experience as always.

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KW
London
6 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for lunch or dinner with excellent food and service.

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a
Kent
62 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Kind, polite, friendly service. Bento Box was so beautiful and tasty, and Omakase course include the box is very good value I felt. The dessert 'Japanese pudding' tasted of something I had in my childhood, good.
Personally, it was really disappointing that they served Japanese tea in a cup with a handle and it was weak. It was beautiful tea, this is a restaurant in THE Japan House, so please serve it with a tea pot and with a YUNOMI type tea cup/bowl (and saucer)! I don't mind paying more for it.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food is ok, nothing too special. Would only recommend it if you are around the area.

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing sushi with brown rice!

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NS
London
18 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is good and tasty with both presentation and quality. However, the price is quite high as compared to quantity of food they served.

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TH
London
1 review
Dined on 25 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is beautifully presented and so delicious, I haven't had a lunch like that before and the dinner was stupendous even if we did have to sit at the bar due to we did not reserve!

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H
London
9 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Okay to start, the staff is INCREDIBLY kind, so this is not a personal affront to any of them. Unfortunately, we were sat at the worst possible spot in this restaurant - the far side of the bar, in the corner. And whether we were simply "out of sight" and therefore "out of mind", or the restaurant was just terribly under-staffed, we were pretty well ignored for most of the meal. We had to ask to order drinks, ask to order food, ask for a dessert menu (and then no one came to take the order), and finally ask to pay the bill. So although our server was incredibly sweet when she cam around, we barely saw her.

The food, it must be said, was lovely, but there seemed to be an issue with fruit flies in the restaurant. There were 6 (that I counted) sitting on the wall where I was (again - stuck in a corner), which isn't the most appetising view, not to mention the ones that were flying around the table. And by "table" I mean the sushi bar where they were preparing all of the food. I confess, it did put me off a bit.

So all in all, it was not a great experience, to say the least. Which is a shame, as we were really excited to try Akira. But all things considered (for a price tag nearing £200 for two of us*), we really weren't impressed.

*I should say that they did take £50 off our bill, considering the service, the bugs, and the fact that there was an accident where a cocktail was spilled nearly on us (my handbag was full of glass when I got home).

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered 3 courses, the 2nd one is the famous sushi box, and each one of them taste absolutely great! And the service is good, the staff is kind and friendly. One thing that is not happy about this restaurant is the security, we were taking photo at the stair after dinner, and later security said “I will need to ask you to come down! Cuz you are blocking the stairs” what? I mean it was almost 10pm, and there were barely customers inside, and no one is walking down by using stairs instead they took elevator, I felt so insulted by the way she talked to us. It was rude

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Japanese sushi sashimi and grill. Wagyu was a bit fat.

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