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.

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Japanese Afternoon Tea: £12-£28pp

...guests can choose from a selection of beverages including green teas and smoked black teas, served with a seasonal platter of sushi, wagashi - Japanese sweets - and desserts.

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

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 23 January 2020

Ends: 31 March 2020

Availability: Mon-Sat 14:30-16:00

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: 13 January 2020

Ends: 13 July 2020

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

Dinner 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: 13 January 2020

Ends: 13 July 2020

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

What 416 People Are Saying
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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing quality food - the most authentic Japanese cuisine in London! Will definitely visit again!

E
London
19 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this place. The food is just amazing and Japan House is a lovely place to visit.

M
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our afternoon tea in the cafe. It was very good tea and interesting and tasty to try all the yummy Japanese treats. The 2 free exhibitions were for sure worth visiting. We will be back

M
London
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great Japanese food in Kensington. Akira is located in Japan House. A bit noisy and service could have been better for the price but worth it for the food

g
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Fish and chips was overcooked. Our 2 main dishes were served with 10 mins difference. Watercress salad is uneatable. The leaves were not detached from main huge steam. Very noisy and overfilled. Lots of people with giant suitcases like in a train station.

M
Hamburg Area
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding; despite limited restaurant activity, it proved hard to gain the waiter’s attention at the end.
Nevertheless, I am looking forward to eating at Akira again in the future.

FK
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THIS WELL KEPT SECRET FAVOURITE ALWAYS EXCEEDS EXPECTATION!

J
London
17 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious dishes prepared perfectly. The fresh wasabi is just delicious.

f
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

what a lovely restaurant ...loved every minute of it...

g
London
121 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Poor service and disappointing food

CL
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO GOOD OMG, staff were friendly and the food was outstanding

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A regular customer to the restaurant. Really enjoyed the food and service, yet tonight they are too busy, especially in the night. We waited 20 minutes for the bill , and i have to stand up, walk to the manager, to get the bill.

MR
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The afternoon tea plates are extremely beautiful and tasted good but at £56 from one sharing plate of tiny items it is not a place for anyone on a budget or for anything other than an annual treat at most. I was shocked at the cost, to be honest, which rather overshadowed the experience.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Lovely setting and good food. Service could be more attentive.

SA
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting; lovely selection of teas; loved all the Wagashi!

A
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We had the afternoon tea, was a bit sparse compared to an English afternoon tea but very tasty. It didn’t seem like we could have free refills of the treats and tea like in English afternoon tea, which made me feel like we were not getting £28 worth of treats. But the care in presentation, taste and overall ambience of the restaurant were very good. I will probably revisit to try their dinner menu.
I would recommend the sparkling sake - it is an extra £7 charge on top of the meal but worth it for the taste!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely food as per usual. Service fine bar a lot drinks order

PD
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good food and nice atmosphere, a bit expensive though.

r
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Robata and grill were of excellent quality. Probably one of the best I've tried in London.

Slightly disappointed at the sushi as it's not the traditional white sushi rice. Though quality of seafood was excellent.

Not very impressed by the fusion style of the Wagyu Don - too much mayo and cheese for my taste but the Wagyu slices were made to perfection.

There was also a great selection of sake - both by glass and by carafe.

So if I'm going back next time I'll only focus on the robata and sake

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great to have a high quality Japanese tea in London. I appreciated the caliber of the sourced teas, some of the finest Matcha from Kyoto, and enjoyed the sushi and Wagashi. Whilst the service was good the atmosphere let down the afternoon. Akira would benefit from setting a better tone, making the afternoon feel like a small and simple glimpse into a Japanese tea ceremony. Currently it feels like the tea is stuck in the dead space between lunch service and the prep for dinner. Even the dishwasher was running in the kitchen towards the end of our sitting!

L
Oxford
9 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I very much enjoyed the wagu beef bento box . A good lunch time time spot in south ken but not cheap.

S
38 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is amazing. Service is good but can be even a bit of attentive. We will be back for the delicious food!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff were attentive and friendly which was a really nice touch. My afternoon tea set came with a special Happy Birthday decoration - appreciated the attention to detail. The set itself was very exquisite; good selection of wagashi that isn’t too sweet. Tea selection is very wide and unique.

c
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

By far the best sushi experience in London.
Eating by the counter is probably nicer for couples.
The omakase is endless, and won’t disappoint.

PP
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I would visit again but not for afternoon tea it was a letdown and expensive for what we got, to be honest.

Here are the two options, we ordered the £28 thinking it would have a fair bit more than it did for the extra £16 per person

Japanese Tea set £12 per person
A pot of Japanese tea, coffee / soft drink or sparkling sake of your choice served with seasonal wagashi and desserts

Japanese Afternoon Tea for Two £28 per person
Selection of savory sushi snacks, desserts and seasonal wagashi served with
a pot of Japanese tea, coffee /soft drink or sparkling sake of your choice

We asked if we could also order another side of sushi to compliment the small portion [4x pieces of savoury per person] given to us in the Afternoon tea price - which were nice but we were left wanting more and we a little hungry.

The cake selection was nice but everything was a bit on the small side.

We spoke to the manager who advised that the head chef decides that once an order is placed that is it - it is final cannot order anymore.

Our server was terrible - the number of mistakes she made was hilarious. We both asked for tea top-up which was complimentary, she asked which tea was what even though she served us it in the first place and then proceeded to pour wrong tea in the wrong cup anyway!

What I found strange though is it was explained to us that we could order more tea if we ran out but it would come at a cost, shame this did not apply to their food - we wanted more of their food and was refused!

Shame really because the tea we tried together with the selection of cakes and savouries in our Afternoon tea was nice.

Also, the only difference in price between the £12 and the £28 options of Afternoon tea seemed to be based on the selection of savouries we had over the cheaper option which was mainly sweet, so for the extra £16 we had 4 pieces of sushi, that is £32 for 8 pieces of sushi... bit steep AND we were asking if we could order something from the main menu and was refused.

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