Akira at Japan House London

4.5
677 reviews
£41 and over
Japanese
☆AKIRA RESTAURANT 3rd year Anniversary / Special offer☆

☆Anniversary Offer

We offer 50% discount for 「Akira Bento Box, Akira Sushi Bento Box and Akira Vegetarian Bento Box」 for everyday during Lunch time.

*This offer is only available for "Lunch time" and "online booking".
(Limited time / Available from 22nd of June 2021)

☆Early Visiter Offer

On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we offer 20% discount for your total bill.

*This offer is only available for "online booking".
(Limited time / Available from 22nd of June)

-----

Named after Chef AKIRA SHIMIZU, the restaurant presents an authentic Japanese dining experience based on Akira’s ‘trinity of cooking’ principles – food, tableware and presentation.

Experiences

  • AFTERNOON TEA AT JAPAN HOUSE LONDON

    £12.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    AKIRA restaurant offers a Japanese-style Afternoon Tea. Guest can choose from a selection of beverages including green teas and smoked black green teas, served with a seasonal platter of sushi, wagashi-Japanese sweets - and desserts. MENU Japanese Tea Set, £12 per person (selection of seasonal wagashi-Japanese sweets - and desserts). Japanese Afternoon Tea for two, £28 per person (selection of savory sushi snacks, seasonal wagashi-Japanese sweets - and desserts). the afternoon tea menu is served between 14:30 and 16:30 (with the restaurant closing at 17:00 to prepared for dinner service).

Offers

  • London Restaurant Festival 20% off Food & Drink

    Aug 20 - Oct 31, 2021

    Enjoy 20% off food & drink on all reservations made between 18:00 - 18:30
  • London Restaurant Festival 50% off Bento

    Aug 20 - Oct 31, 2021

    Enjoy 50% off Akira Bento, Sushi Bento and Vegetable Bento
What 677 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
LS
LuigiS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

True Japanese atmosphere, dinner at Akira is like a trip to Tokyo! The food is fantastic, I would recommend the Robata Omakase.

VC
VioletC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. The restaurant prepared a really nice dessert plate for our wedding anniversary.

AK
AndyK
Kent
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi done properly, anything else isn't sushi. I'd recommend the bento boxes and sake

M
Maureen
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing.experience, great food and presentation, lovely ambience as well

YW
YangqiW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The dining environment is really good, but the food is more like a british Japanese food rather than Japanese Japanese food. The servers are really sweet.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Little bit underwhelming. Some very good items and I'd have to go back to assess more broadly but there's a style over substance issue I think. Had better fish at much lower prices. Huge markups on the wine. Some things are outstanding (wagyu beef wrapped in kimchi cabbage) and maybe I should go a la carte. Not memorable.

NC
vipNickC
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Japanese cuisine with the Bento boxes filled with an extraordinary range of tastes. Definitely worth a visit for a culinary experience

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is outstanding, service a bit slow and confused also they forgot it was a special occasion

M
Mpatel
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and great food!

A
Aviator
London
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Came to Akira again for their bento 🍱 boxes, brought along 2 additional friends to try them. The food is as delicious as last time, however, the service was a bit lacking from a high end Japanese restaurant. The waitress practically just dropped the bento boxes onto the table and left, without providing explanation on the items in the bento, very disappointing and little unprofessional in Japanese standard. We had a great meal nevertheless and my friends enjoyed it too, without knowing what all the little dishes are named.

MR
MaxineR
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Authentic Japanese cuisine and high quality food. A little piece of Japan in London, not too tarnished by Western tastes, keeping it true to its origins.

K
Krish
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed the food, service and ambience. Would definitely recommend Akira, one of the best Japanese restaurants I've been to in London!

YN
YolandaN
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place, the food the staff , it's a treat for the senses.

LL
LoopyLou
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

I had been keen to try Akira Restaurant for a while, after discovering it while browsing the store downstairs. The perfect occasion arose when I needed to find an interesting place to take a friend who was visiting from overseas.

Overall it was a good choice, my friend was very pleased with the salmon don, said it was both delicious and filling. I tried the very eye catching sushi bento which on the whole I enjoyed, however, there were a few dishes that I really didn’t like at all, so I doubt that I would order the same bento box again but I’m glad that I tried it.

On the whole it’s on the pricey side for lunch, so we were pleased to see the discount on our bill, which I had forgotten about when booking the available deal, so that somewhat took the sting out of it.

On the negative side, the wait staff were not very attentive and we needed to flag them down by raising hands on a few occasions rather than just catching their eyes. They were slow to action requests and after asking for coffee at the end of our meal and being told that someone would be sent over to take that order, we gave up waiting and just requested the bill before leaving.

Akira needs to work on its service but the food was nice and interesting.

f
vipfoodie
Omaha
68 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Afternoon Tea at Akira was a treat. The restaurant was full but well serviced and the atmosphere was lively. The tea and desserts were tasty. I'd like to try the sushi next time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
28 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and beautiful food, good service and with the 50% off lunch offer, made a fantastic experience. Would love to go again

G
Gracet
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Quite a decent restaurant and good value when it’s on offer.

M
Maiart
London
14 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We tried the AKIRA Bento Box usually priced at £40.
Some of the items were very tasty but some did not have any taste or the fish did not taste very good. I would say that with the -50% off deal it is an experience that is worth it but I don't think that I would go back and pay the usual price.

Also, waiters did not know how to answer about what type of sushi (fishes) that are included in the bento box.

I would give an average rating for Akira - perhaps expectations were higher given that is a restaurant that is part of Japan House.

One negative part was that although I have emailed the restaurant with birthday requests they never got back to me. Tried calling the restaurant several times and calls went to an answer machine that said "this inbox is full". So I was unable to speak to anybody at the restaurant prior to the booking.

I
Iya7
London
9 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food and friendly service. Enjoyed for bento box.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Foods were average . Nothing special to talk about .

KF
KlaraF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time at Akira and it’s easy to say it was the best dining experience I’ve had it a while. definitely the beat Japanese food I have every tried, the atmosphere, service and menu was phenomenal. I really recommend this for anyone in London!

DH
vipDavidH
Bristol
6 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

superb and authentic japanese food served by attentive staff to high standards in a fresh, modern setting

JA
JAAlves
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food could be better. Tempera wasn’t good.

Y
Yoko
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

I expected Akira to be an authentic high end Japanese restaurant especially because it is located within Japan House building. Overall, I was rather disappointed. The Bento boxes were ok with 50% off deal but not impressive. The restaurant failed to serve rice which was supposed to come with Akira bento. Normally you would expect a staff come to ask if everything is ok after serving your meal, but we were left unattended, sadly. Saikyo salmon don was not what I expected from the name of the meal. It is unique, experimental recipe but I don’t think it was good enough to be on the menu, and too pricey for what it is. I would not be surprised if I was served that at a Japanese “greasy spoon”, or cheap student cafe, but not a place like Akira. To make my experience even worse, I received an email from Open Table after the meal saying I canceled my booking without telling them. What a poor service, the staff did not check my name when we arrived at the restaurant and therefore my booking was recorded as “no show”. I didn’t enjoy writing to Open Table to notify that we DID go to the restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

K
Kensingtonfoodie
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Slightly more authentic (less fancy) than other “westernized” top Japanese restaurants (e.g. Roka, Zuma, Nobu).
Food: Japanese haut cuisine. Second to none!
Recommended for gourmands!

W
Wendy
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall experience was amazing and I would definitely go back. However, they kept on getting my bill wrong, so always double check that

SC
SalmaC
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely divine food presented so beautifully. We had the sushi Omakase and it was like a jewel box of colours and flavours.

FM
FerozaM
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My vegetarian bento box was a revelation! Superb ingredients with unmatched flavours complementing one another.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a amazing lunch!
It was very nice atmosphere and great service.
Of course, great food too.

JO
JuliaO
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We chose the three course dinner menu with chicken skewers and lamb. The individual dishes were chosen by the chefs, but all went together very well. The sashimi and savoury custard were especially good. We had limited time as we had to catch a train, but without feeling rushed, everything arrived promptly. Good service and great attention to detail.

LM
LucyMeads
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I ordered the Akira Sushi Bento Box which was one of those Bento boxes on 50% off. Although most of the various food that came in the box was of reasonable good standard, I was disappointed that the potato salad seemed to have gone off. I notified a member of staff who took it away and replaced it shortly. But my appetite for potato salad had gone after that experience.

GT
vipGinTonic
London
13 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tried the Sushi Bento. Very nice, 15 small dishes in a beautiful wooden box including sushi, sashimi, one small portion of meat and veggies. Served with a miso soup on the side. Booked special deal £20 instead of £40 during London Restaurant Week. Well worth it at that price.

JB
vipJoeB
London
49 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate at the counter & chose the 3 course chef menu/choices - was delicious food possibly a little too much but we were feeling hungry so all okay for us. Don’t order this unless you want to eat a lot!! Goodness knows what the 5 course menu is CNN like!! Good service polite & attentive. It was a nice touch that all the chefs said goodbye in a big Japanese greeting kind of way.

LL
LindieLu
Newcastle
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing! Staff were accommodating, a bit busy at times to catch their attention. Love the toilets lol! Also, whilst there, check the gallery downstairs and try a cold hojicha latte!

MO
MichiO
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the lunch box very much.
The service is very nice.
I recommend this to everyone. Thank you for the lovely day.
I will be back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi

RP
RogerP
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Presentation and design was really stunning and the opening of the box - with 16 unique mini bowls was delightful.

The Happy Birthday desert was a lovely touch too !

Thank you for a lovely evening.

E
vipEatour
London
19 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Beautiful restaurant, beautiful food
With the 50% off bento lunch is reasonable value

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food is okay for the price paid. Service is disappointing. The lady at the counter was rude, ignoring us even when she apparently saw us; others are really busy, like nobody trained them how to serve a customer from end to end, taking 15min + 2x calling for just getting a bill, and another 15 min just for getting the bill to be paid ( the chef helped us calling one of the waiters)

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Akira at Japan House London using the Order Online button.

Akira at Japan House London is rated 4.5 stars by 677 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.