KIKUCHI

4.8
136 reviews
£41 and over
Japanese
Welcome to Kikuchi Japanese Restaurant.

We have opened our doors once again on 18th May and enjoying welcoming back our customers! We are currently offering a reduced menu which you can access through ( https://www.kikuchisushi.com/eat ).

The health and safety of our guests and staff is the highest priority for us and we can ensure you that government guidelines will be followed to make your experience safe and enjoyable.

We have a minimum order of £40 per person.

The sushi counter has opened but we only accept bookings made through phone calls and minimum order at the sushi counter is £50 per person.

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate children.

Uni don (Sea Urchin on rice) is currently unavailable.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 136 People Are Saying
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MauricioAM
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sushi as if you were dinning in Tokyo. However cheap is not. You are expected to spend minimum £40 per person. Omakase (chef’s choice ) is £100 .

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was excellent! Wanted to thank the chefs personally but they seemed really busy. The chefs put a lot of effort and intricate details into the food and I loved everything! Servers were super super sweet too :)

One downside is that I wish I had cash on me so that I could’ve tipped our servers!

This place is definitely worth it!

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vipBenC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Counter served omakase with really good sake. Up there with the very best in London.

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vipChris
London
31 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic Japanese food, service and setting, like being in Japan in the middle of London.

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MichaelP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food & service! Lovely ambience. Proper Japanese restaurant.

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charlidoc
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kikuchi has been my favourite Japanese restaurant for many, many years. It remains so!

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AliceK
London
31 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It may not look much from the inside but what a dining experience. It felt like a very authentic Japanese cuisine to me. I would highly recommend a visit and will definitely be going back.

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K2diner
London
17 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very authentic Sushi

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SaraGW
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional sushi at a very reasonable price (for great sushi). At £100, the omakase menu is great value. Only one hot dish, very sushi-focused. Highly recommend seats at the bar.

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RichardR
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine sashimi in the most traditional little restaurant; as fresh as it gets

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Shewolf138
43 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was exquisite. One of the best Japanese meals I have had in London. Sake tasting was great value. Lovely service as well. I would definitely go back.

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vipKingers
London
28 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely first class. There are hundreds of "Japanese" restaurants in London, most of which are run by Chinese or Korean staff so while it might look the same to the western eye, there is a difference. Kikuchi is the real deal (my wife is Japanese, she should know!) and the difference is in the details, the quality of food, the matching and balancing of tastes and in knowing the right way to serve everything. You can pay more for a fine dining Japanese experience but you won't taste better Japanese food in London. If your budget allows, I strongly recommend the omakase (chef's choice) menu. Ok, it's £100, but it will take your experience of this cuisine to a different level. And you will feel full afterwards (unlike Sushi Tetsu where you still have room for a burger!). My only slight disappointment: I am not a fan of macha ice cream. Every Japanese restaurant seems to think there is only one flavour for ice cream and it's macha (maybe sometimes goma) - strange that when they have many unique fruits and berries in Japan, they always choose tea. Aside from that one very minor thing, the food was subline, the service was warm and friendly and the ambience just perfect. I'd strongly recommend it.

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TzeMin
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious omakase menu with attentive and friendly service. We had an accompanying sake ‘flight’ which really complemented the meal. Honestly the best Japanese food we’ve had in London for some time. Would really recommend it! Will definitely be going back soon!

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Emmmmm
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant, amazing food and lovely staff. One of my all time favourites.

Only downside this time is that they are short on staff and couldn’t offer the usual full menu due to the pandemic.

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DavidK
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Have eaten here many times and always have always had a fabulous time, last night was just as good. In my opinion some one of the best sushi restaurants in London, feels like I'm back in Tokyo.

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AntoPelle
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. High quality fish for sure but I truly believe that £100pp for the tasting menu is way too much with what offered. Maybe we will come back in the future but only for the sashimi.

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LisaR
London
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

The food was fine but at £100 per head you’d want to come here for an occasion or a date I would’ve thought. However, there is no atmosphere in here and the interior resembles a middle range value cafe rather than a restaurant. Sushi were fresh.

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yasuec
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sushi in the world!!!!!!!!!
Thank you" Kikuchi " for everything !!!!!!
It's not cheap, but definitely worth it.
You don't know what you don't know, so, you must try. When you tried, you know what you didn't know xxxxx
Looking forward to my next trip to Kikuchi.

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LauraG
London
3 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
3 reviews
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
2 reviews
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
3 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.

FAQs

KIKUCHI is rated 4.8 stars by 136 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.