Akira at Japan House London

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274 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

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CP
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Some of the food dishes were good, others were not. Time waiting for next dishes to come was quite long and there were 2 babies crying as we ate dinner. I came 2 years ago and enjoyed it but I think there's a new chef now as it's nowhere near as good as it was before. Wouldn't recommend to friends!

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GY
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I have been to fine dining Japanese restaurants throughout the world, this not one of them . I have a mind to review this on a wider platform. Akira will not survive as it is dreadful staff , terrible concept , banal and misplaced ..i will not recommend this place , quite the reverse

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

Great food but very poor wine list with an over focus on sake and too many wines on the menu not available to order

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AS
London
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow. Food was so-so - 3/5. Which was a disappointment considering it's a Japanese Government promoted restaurant at Japan House! One of the items we ordered was missing the Wagyu beef but on our pointing that out they didn't charge us for it.

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SU
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We’ve stayed at London over 15 days for my mother’s celebrating (77, KIJYU) trip:). Great fun time and refresh to have the special dinner and lunch (next day). The most favorite were Salmon, sushi, Edamame and Avocado rolls. Also lunch bento was a fantastic art. Loving in!! We’ll try to visit once more during our UK says. Much appreciated. Thank you! Satoko/Tokyo

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CM
London
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Definitely the best Japanese meal I’ve ever had, and I have been there, and one of the best meals ever. We had the five course tasting menu which was perhaps over-ambitious, but so good. Service was very friendly but slow to clear.

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v
London
15 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We decided to visit Akira at Japan House as we were visiting the Design Museum and thought it would be a great place to also learn more about what Japan has to offer. We were not disappointed. The robata and sushi are some of the best I have ever had. The humble asparagus and aubergine on the robata are transformed into something exquisite. Every dish and every bite is perfectly seasoned providing great umami flavours. Would highly recommend and worth a repeat visit. Staff were incredibly knowledgeable, amenable and attentive. 5 stars

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JB
Newcastle
5 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My guest & I had a wonderful meal. We enjoyed the set sushi lunch with its 3 courses. The fish was so fresh and tasty. We also tried one of the outstanding sakes which was presented in chilled black and crystal glasses. Both diners have lived in Japan and Akira’s offerings are authentic. The staff appear knowledgeable and are discreet also. We will be back.

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KC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was wonderful only disappointment was I had requested a vegan dessert for my daughter's 21. When I got there none available was not told this before.

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OT
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really don’t have anything negative to say about my visit to Akira.
The service was politely attentive but not suffocating. All the staff I had interactions with were chatty and charming.
The food was amazingly good and well worth the money spent.
The attention to detail beyond the wonderful food itself would have to be comparable to any restaurant in Japan.The method of presentation and choice of ceramics and other tableware adds to the delight.
My first visit and I walked away having thoroughly enjoyed the experience

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DG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Utterly superb Japanese lunch beautifully presented. Thoroughly recommended

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Great cooked food.
The sushi was mediocre.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The bento box was visibly amazing!
The Japanese waitress was friendly and attentive.

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PP
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very different and lovely dining experience. However items for sale in the shop were too expensive for what they were.

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RF
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, very good ambiance and an excellent experience !!!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
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
54 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
8 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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