Kujira

4.6
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£25 and under
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Japanese
A modern Japanese izakaya, specialising in robata + cocktails!
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CT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Great food, salmon tacos and scallop highly recommended.
Score let down by waiting staff being super, super slow.

Kujira
Responded 2 days ago

Hi CorinneT, thank you for your feedback and the great recommendations. :) We're sorry that you felt the service was slow, we hope you'll try us again nonetheless.

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MD
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Amazing food, kind and friendly staff, although perhaps a bit loud. Will be back!

Kujira
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your feedback MattiaD! Yes Fridays and Saturdays can be particularly loud in comparison to our weekdays, but were pleased you enjoyed the food and service. We look forward to your return.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s a small restaurant with lots going on and we LOVED it! We weren’t entirely hungry so we just ordered starters and they were AMAZING! The service was quick and polite. They were attentive to our needs. I definitely recommend this place!

Kujira
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review! We're so pleased that you loved it. Please pop by again sometime to try some of our other dishes. :)

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A
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience4

We’ve ordered Japanese hotpot for 2. It didn’t contain what we expected, just a few pieces of meat, the rest was lettuce, pepper and some onions. Paid 16 pounds for it!! Definitely doesn’t worth the price! Also, many dishes contained significant amount of vinegar (gyodza, sauce for hotpot) which was not pleasant. The service is good, but the quality (amount) of food vs price is poor. Bincho Yakitori just across the road is much more pleasant, tasty and worth the price. Left hungry, disappointed and lost a lot of money.

Kujira
Responded on 1 December 2019

Hi Ally, Firstly we would like to thank you for your feedback and we apologise that the hotpot was not up to your expectations. Due to short word count, we will reply with two messages: We are sad to hear that you left disappointed, especially as our hotpot usually receives good feedback. If we had known this, we would have been happy to help in some way to make up for the misunderstanding. We are not sure what you expected, but we can assure that what you received was a typical Shabu-Shabu.

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SM
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing birthday meal from start to finish
Thank you

Kujira
Responded on 26 November 2019

Happy Birthday SallyM! We love a birthday meal, see you next time.

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FM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic array of sharing dishes and something for everyone. Staff really friendly and attentive despite being really busy. Great 2 for 1 cocktails if you go early. Great that you can see the food being prepared, you wonder how they serve as many dishes in such a small space. Have recommended and would go again.

Kujira
Responded on 26 November 2019

Thank you FionaM for your recommendation and great feedback! The hightop tables are brilliant for people wanting to see all the action, we're so glad you enjoyed.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So pleased I found this lovely Japanese restaurant. We got there for 6pm when it first opened, and saw it quickly filled up so obviously a popular place! (Would recommend booking).

The food was delicious, as we ordered quite a few smaller dishes they brought them over once they were ready so we always had a couple of freshly cooked dishes on the table. It was lovely to try so many varied dishes which all had so much flavour.

Staff were really friendly, couldn’t do enough for you. Gave us great recommendations to try. A lovely atmosphere, would definitely go back.

Kujira
Responded on 26 November 2019

We are so happy to hear your feedback CatM, and we're pleased you enjoyed your evening with us! Please do visit us again sometime soon to try some of the other dishes we have to offer.

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VP
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Very slow service and when a group.of 6 came in, the cooking capacity seemed to be absorbed immediately, thus our final dish took so long that we cancelled.

Kujira
Responded on 26 November 2019

Hi there VishalP, Firstly we would like to apologise for your experience you had with us. Whilst we do sympathise for the delay of your Big Robata Chicken, we can assure that our chefs would have worked to the best of their ability with the limited grill space, and that your order was not neglected in anyway due to other tables. We did try to remedy this by offering drinks or dessert on the house and expressed our apologises for the delay.

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MC
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, decor was elegant, food was very good and service was just impeccable - felt very welcome. Would definitely recommend.

Kujira
Responded on 26 November 2019

Thank you for the lovely feedback MeganC! We look forward to welcoming you again next time. :)

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DC
London
73 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was superlative - my sister does not eat gluten -?the boys and girl did all they could and more for us !

Kujira
Responded on 26 November 2019

Thank you DaisyC for your lovely feedback. We always aim to make sure all of our customers enjoy their food and experience at Kujira no matter the dietary requirement or allergy! We hope to see you again in the near future.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great tasting food. I would have liked slightly bigger portions. Amazing cocktails, "The Mann" is my new favourite.

Kujira
Responded on 26 November 2019

Thank you Jamner for your feedback on the portions! We appreciate all comments that will help us improve for future bookings. The Mann... strong pick! We're pleased you enjoyed it.

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NB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drink, with amazing staff who make you feel like a VIP. I couldn't recommend it more.

Kujira
Responded on 26 November 2019

Feel like a VIP... We love that! Thank you so much for your lovely review. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. :)

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H
London
5 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service

Kujira
Responded on 3 November 2019

Thank you Hoppy!

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SN
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Will definitely come back. Very tasty & wide choices. Lovely staff

Kujira
Responded on 3 November 2019

Thank you SusanN for your lovely feedback. We're pleased you enjoyed the variety of options we have! We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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S
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and waitress Emily was amazing.will definitely be going back.

Kujira
Responded on 3 November 2019

Thank you for your review Simon! We will certainly let Emily know. See you again soon.

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RW
London
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very welcoming staff who were able to advise us on what to choose. I would definitely recommend this place.

Kujira
Responded on 3 November 2019

Thank you for your recommendation Rachel, we look forward to welcoming you again. :)

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A
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were amazing. I couldn’t recommend Kujira enough.

Kujira
Responded on 3 November 2019

Thank you for your recommendation Anthony! We're so pleased you enjoyed the food. Please stop by again sometime.

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DT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A really lovely range of dishes, very helpful, relaxed and attentive staff, and the atmosphere was perfect. I really enjoyed the contemporary finish and felt the food was good value. Plates are small but it was ideal for us to have a taste of lots of dishes. A great start to our evening.

RB
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth a visit. The cocktails and mocktails are delicious as is the food. Staff very knowledgable too.

Kujira
Responded on 8 October 2019

Great to know RupertB! Which mocktail was your favourite? I like the Fairytale with Pineapple and Yuzu. Hope to see you again soon. :)

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OT
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was lovely, good value and the staff were helpful and polite. Attentive but not over bearing. Definitely going back here

Kujira
Responded on 8 October 2019

Thank you! We're so pleased to know this. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.

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TT
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my friends really enjoyed every part of our dining experience at Kujira, every dish we had was extremely tasty, including desert and drinks 😍 really enjoyed spending my birthday here! The staff were super friendly & can’t wait to get back again. 😊 best restaurant I’ve been to in a very long time so Thankyou.

G
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very well looked after, glad to have found such an amazing little gem. Definitely recommend and will be going back!

Kujira
Responded on 24 September 2019

Thank you Georgina for your lovely feedback! We look forward to seeing you again. :)

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N
London
29 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing dining experience on Saturday night at Kujira. The moment we walked in, we were greeted by every single member of staff as we were shown to our table.
The menu and concept was explained to us by the lovely waitress and she recommended a few additional dishes to what we had chosen.
Every single dish we ordered was flavoursome and we especially liked how unusual the lightly chargrilled Edamame with chilli and salt was!
It is a cosy restaurant and perfect for couples and small groups. We will for sure be returning again soon.

Kujira
Responded on 24 September 2019

Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your meal with us . Looking forward to welcoming you again soon.

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AW
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What's to say....what a fantastic restaurant. Had our first meal here tonight and it definitely won't be our last. Gorgeous food and great, attentive, polite and helpful young F.O.H staff. I'm not a Japanese food aficionado, so can't attest to any authenticity, but I can attest to bloody good food.

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

We're so glad you enjoyed your first meal here with us! Thank you so much, and we hope to see you again soon.

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KD
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I looked at reviews before coming to Brighton for a great Japanese and this seemed to fit the bill. I popped in early at 6pm (as a solo visitor) so it wasn't particularly buzzing but only because of the timing. The staff were all really friendly and attentive, and even let me borrow their phone charger which was much appreciated! Food was really good, particularly enjoyed the crispy chicken skin and miso salmon, and was given good advice about which sake to choose.k Would definitely return!

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you so much for your review!

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R
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly service. Would definitely come back!

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

Yay! We hope to welcome you again soon.

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V
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent on all counts - food, ambience, service, value ... highly recommend

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

Excellent! Thank you for your feedback.

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J
Frankfurt Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice guys, good food!

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you! We appreciate your review.

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D
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, good drinks, good value for money. Loved the katsu sando, squid was cooked beautifully, best chicken skin ever and the gochujang chicken wings had the perfect level of heat. Cake was superbly light. We shall be back soon for more.

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you so much! We love the Katsu Sando too. :)

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AN
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous and the cocktails best I’ve ever tasted. Quirky lovey restaurant. Highly recommend. We couldn’t believe how reasonable the bill was too

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the food and cocktails! Thank you for your review.

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DB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kujira was a slight gamble as I booked for our wedding anniversary having never been before. So glad I did, the food was amazing. The service was top notch our host was helpful with menus choice, and all the team we met were were friendly and helpful. I travel a lot for work, Kujira is up there with anything i've been to globally...Thanks Kujira.

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

This makes us so happy! We hope you had a wonderful anniversary.

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JH
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very tasty food, good variety, knowledgeable staff, happy hour on drinks was a real bonus and made the whole experience better value for money.
Well worth a visit

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you for your lovely feedback!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Il Ristorante è molto accogliente ottimo servizio cucina a vista l’unica delusione essendo un ristorante giapponese mi sarei aspettato più varietà nel menu di piatti di pesce.
Giudizio complessivo Ottimo quello che ho mangiato cioè la carne buonissima.

Kujira
Responded on 18 September 2019

Grazie per il tuo commento! We hope to see you again in the future. :)

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent so I'd recommend, especially if you're a fan of Japanese food. My only negative was that I thought some of the portions were a little small for the price.

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you for your input on the portion sizes! We appreciate your feedback as it helps us improve. Hope to welcome you again soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't rate it higher. Food and cocktails are just brilliant, great sake selection, and really warm service from the staff. Love it.

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

This is great! Thank you so much.

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KB
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally amazing! Can't wait to go back there, all the food was out of this world good

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

And we can't wait to have you back! Thank you. :)

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E
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely staff, will definitely visit again soon.

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you! We look forward to your return. :)

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VS
London
9 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Kujira primarily for their highly rated cocktails and they did not disappoint. We also ordered a selection of small plates which were all very tasty and well prepared. As someone who is heavily involved in the cocktail world it is such a treat to discover outstanding and original concoctions. These are not 'style over substance' sickly sweet or over diluted drinks, but beautifully created oriental inspired in-house inventions. A special mention to our waitress Nevada who was attentive, charming and importantly very knowledgeable about the cocktails. Highly recommend!

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you for your wonderful review, we're so happy you enjoyed our cocktails! Both Nevada and our mixologist (Christian) are very grateful for your lovely comments. :)

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B
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely little restaurant. Good food with some very nice original dishes and excellent service. Nice quirky cocktails.
Would definitely go again

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you! We hope to see you again soon.

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, great service and good cocktails. Can’t go wrong!

Kujira
Responded on 12 September 2019

Thank you for your lovely review.

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