Kikuchi Japanese Restaurant

4.8
117 reviews
£41 and over
Japanese
Dear customers,

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 117 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.8
service
4.4
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4.2
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LauraG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, second time that we come to this restaurant and we really enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience4

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.

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RemyR
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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DottieG
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

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Anita
London
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic authentic Japanese food! One of the best in London

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Anonim
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and very good service

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Occasionalfinediner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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Bobby
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To celebrate I am cancer free and my partner graduated

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Dana
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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JohnS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best sushi in london very authentic japanese food

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RemyR
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MishaM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Anonym
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

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.

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MelindaC
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Beware! Enforce a £40 minimum for each diner and will loudly demand that you need to order more food.

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VincentB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One of the finest Japanese restaurants I tried in London

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AndrewL
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipLetiziaC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely Japanese food, excellent atmosphere, delightful staff

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LauraG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, impeccable service!

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vipKelly
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant, authentic sushi in a classic setting. Best I've had in London.

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EstherW
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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AndrewL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMH01
London
17 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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ASam
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable authentic food. Great sake and plum wine.

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FedericaB
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the food was very tasty, especially Nigiri. all staff is very professional and nice.

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ANAN
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Japanese food. One of the best in London.
Fantastic service as well.

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vipNiteOutOwl
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic.

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vipAsta
London
10 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful super fresh Japanese food
Aubergine very good
Very helpful pleasant staff with the food prepared by the master chef and his chef

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ELHT
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic Japanese food for a good price. Will definitely be back. Iced green tea should be refillable though.

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vipArch83
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent omakase

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cityman
London
22 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipAsta
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Paid £288 for two and at this price point there are better options

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vip4545
London
44 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.
今回久々にお邪魔しましたが、以前よりひっそり?(雨の月曜だったからかもしれませんが、空いていてラッキー!)
お店の雰囲気は変わらずです。
おまかせを頂きました。
ロンドンでも、以前よりは、日本の味に近く美味しいお店が増えてきているからか、勿論美味しいけれど、「やっぱり菊池!」とは今回はなりませんでした。
でも、fusionじゃない日本食を召し上がりたい方には、ロケーションも含めて良いと思いますので、お薦めです。

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IKTLUX
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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.

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Poubelle87
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The sushi was excellent. I also enjoyed the seaweed salad. Overall an enjoyable experience.

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vipKirillB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!

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vipMxxx
London
5 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, great service, amazing food, just great. Everything was lovely. Not cheap but worth every penny!

FAQs

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.