Kikuchi Japanese Restaurant
As per government guidelines, we will be closing our restaurant from Wednesday 16th December and we hope to reopen on 5th January 2021.
We are very grateful for your continued support and we are looking forward to welcoming you back next year.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waiting staff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Chef's Selection Sushi
Turbot / Salmon roe / Scallop / Eel / Sea bream / Sea bass
Grilled Aubergine with Sweet Miso Paste
Great experience, second time that we come to this restaurant and we really enjoyed it.
I first came to Kikuchi nearly 15 years ago. The restaurant is tucked away near Tottenham Court Road tube station. The decor is rather drab and the lighting is stark. But the food is simply excellent. It’s outstanding. It’s probably the best Japanese food in London. I can’t praise it highly enough.
The reason for my low score, however, is because it’s just too expensive. Our meal came to £250 for two people and we had one small glass of sake each and a modest amount of food. I’m happy to pay for great food—but this feels like it’s 30 per cent over priced. With the bill, they gave us vouchers offering £30 off the next meal—which kind of proves the point that the menu is over priced to begin with.
Execllent as always. The omakase tasting menu is a fest for the senses. The highlight was the cod liver which taste so rich nicely balance by a tangy agrume sauce.
The restaurant still opens the bar space (less than 1 metre away from the sushi chef) to customers. This is very unhygienic in the light of the covid situation.
Fantastic authentic Japanese food! One of the best in London
Outstanding sushi restaurant in London. I love their food and visit regularly. I don’t bother to try to find other place for sushi now. I highly recommend to book if you love authentic and high quality sushi.
We usually have nigiri set but tried Omakase which was a course with more dishes. There were grilled fish and cold dish we usually don’t try. All dishes were beautiful and so tasty. Especially cold mackerel role was unique and full of flavour. Can’t wait to go back!!!
Very good food and very good service
Superb food in an establishment dedicated to offering a top quality experience for customers who care about the food rather than frills. We sat at the bar and could delight in the dedication and care of the two chefs. The variety of dishes served to us -- one by one -- from the tasting menu was magnificent.
The only negative note was a customer at a table behind us talking very loudly, showing off his knowledge of UK politics and law.
We each had a small (100ml) glass of excellent very dry sake, which (with sparkling water) was all we needed to complement the meal.
To celebrate I am cancer free and my partner graduated
Great service. Sushi was superb and superseded my expectations. Maybe due to social distancing, there are only about 6-7 tables and a bar area so can be quite quiet.
Best sushi in london very authentic japanese food
The best sushi in town. Amazing food, great selection of sake and first class service. The omakase selection was delicious. A must if you like sushi and sashimi
A great spot to impress on a birthday. Watching the chefs do their thing is as impressive as the taste of the food! Truly authentic.
Ordered Omakase for two at the bar seats reserved.
Starter and the Sashimi that follows are decent. Sequence of the dishes is thoughtful that you get to taste the toro twice.
Also pleasure to watch the chef making the nigiri in front of you and with some basic explain things like what should be dipped with sauce.
Only dish that let me down was the tempura. Firstly, it’s not Japanese tiger prawn. And secondly, the tempura batter is thick and soapy.
Dessert served is black seasame and mocha ice cream. Great way to finish the fruitful night.
Certainly the choice if you are a fan of Japanese cuisine in London. It’s pricey but the value is there.
The sashimi set came really fast and the taste and quality was okay. Then we have waited quite a long time for the second dishes. The fried dishes were too normal for the price and the waiting time. I would say those taste similar to the home made ones, and probably worse. The pickles and scallop sashimi turned out to be the best. But the taste was similar to those could be easily get in the supermarket. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend friends to come. Wonder how did this restaurant get recommended as Michelle star 1.
Beware! Enforce a £40 minimum for each diner and will loudly demand that you need to order more food.
One of the finest Japanese restaurants I tried in London
Kikuchi is easily one of the best Japanese restaurants in London. One of the few places in the city that I feel confident enough to take my Japanese colleauges.
Lovely Japanese food, excellent atmosphere, delightful staff
We had dinner last Friday night and had the £106 set menu. It was worth every penny. Nice sashimi and nigiri selection. We liked sitting by the bar as we could see the sushi master preparing our food just in front of us.
Amazing food, impeccable service!
Elegant, authentic sushi in a classic setting. Best I've had in London.
It was like stepping into an authentic restaurant in Tokyo where the food was as exquisite as exceptional. I’m saving for my next visit!
Went with my Japanese colleagues to Kikuchi. The consensus view was that this is the best Japanese restaurant in London. Master Kikuchi behind the counter prepares everything with elegance and precision. Brilliant.
Truly outstanding. Brilliant omakase ... some of the best we’ve had in London. Excellent service at the counter. Outstanding atmosphere for a Thursday night, with the right level of buzz.
Great spot for a date, business meeting or special occasion.
Unbelievable authentic food. Great sake and plum wine.
the food was very tasty, especially Nigiri. all staff is very professional and nice.
Amazing Japanese food. One of the best in London.
Fantastic service as well.
Wonderful super fresh Japanese food
Aubergine very good
Very helpful pleasant staff with the food prepared by the master chef and his chef
Excellent authentic Japanese food for a good price. Will definitely be back. Iced green tea should be refillable though.
Having lived in Tokyo for a couple of years, sometimes you just hanker for the real thing and make no mistake, this is it! Sushi/Sashimi restaurants such as this were out of our price range in Tokyo and while Kikuchi's prices represent good value for money, you'll need to be pretty comfortably off if you want to make it a frequent destination.
The decor is restful and imbued with Japanese elegance, service helpful-I could have lived without the background music, but this is a very minor quibble-and the food, which came incredibly quickly, was impeccable.
The sashimi/sushi menu is reasonably extensive, but some favourites (octopus, akagai, hokigai and egg) weren't represented. The fish quality was outstanding.
The sushi came with guidance-no soy for the salmon roe (already cured) or the turbot (traditionally sprinkled with salt) and a brush for painting soy on the remaining pieces. The miso soup was filled with taste, the tempura light and crispy, the aubergine with sweet miso soft as babaganoush and sweet like chestnut or sweet potato. The kushikatsu breaded rolls of pork around a filling of perilla leaf and chopped pickled plum had a great crunch, a savoury start then developing with the sour umeboshi and the aromatic perilla-I loved it, which was just as well as my partner not so keen on the sourness. We stuck with beer, so unable to comment on the sake, but we would absolutely go again for a special occasion.
Great small restaurant with staff eager to help with ordering
A privilege to be served and have the food prepared by the master chef
Fish extremely good reflected in the costs but well worth it
Looking forward to returning
Paid £288 for two and at this price point there are better options
It’s one of authentic Japanese places in London.
This was the first visit since I stopped going there 3-4years ago.
Luckily it wasn’t packed there as it was rainy Monday. I think it used to be always busy before though.
All of the chefs and waitresses are Japanese, but not that friendly, so this hasn’t changed.
Quality of food is ok. Not excellent. Somehow I didn’t feel it that fresh as I found all of food that I had then cold (at the room temperature).
Normally in Japanese food culture, serving dishes at the right temperature -both cold and warm- is as quite important as flavour and presentation etc.
Anyway food is authentic here but not the best. Location is great. It’s worth trying if you would like or miss authentic Japanese food.
The food was great. Best sushi so far in London. The staff were tense as the chief waitress sounded harsh on the other waitresses/waiters, which made me a little uncomfortable.
The sushi was excellent. I also enjoyed the seaweed salad. Overall an enjoyable experience.
Fantastic place, great service, amazing food, just great. Everything was lovely. Not cheap but worth every penny!
Kikuchi Japanese Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 117 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.