Ukai

4.4
174 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Special Occasions
Ukai brings an exciting contemporary Japanese cuisine with an Italian flare, in an irresistible setting

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1,000-Point Tables

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Sun - Fri 12:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 6:00PM - 10:00PM

What 174 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favourite place in London ! Amazing

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HB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A great little find.
What looks like a Notting Hill pub turns out to be a hip, live music venue with great Japanese food!
I would highly recommed a table as far away to the music as possible as we had to move as we couldn’t hear each other. A corner table buy the back would be perfect. The origami cocktail is amazing!

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CL
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The food at Ukai is truly delicious. And the place is nice! Just be warned, that on certain nights they do DJs with separate, LOUD percussion and drums. We were unfortunately seated right next to the drum set, so having any conversation across the table was impossible. But, on nights without the DJ, it is great.

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SD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and place!! I go there at least once a week

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N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails and service. Food was amazing ! Nice ambience. Would definitely come back.

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LA
London
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Japanese restaurant! will go again for sure!!!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday lunch ! Great food and service! Amazing cocktails!

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SD
London
8 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Love this place..
Amazing food, amazing environment.

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v
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was really good. It’s a shame you can only reserve a table for an hour and a half but still will definitely be back!

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CK
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Arrived for our table at 9pm on a Saturday evening. We were immediately shown to our table which was in a very noisy room, separated from the bar by a semi-wall. I had to shout to be heard which isn’t pleasant when one is looking for a relaxed night out. It took them 15 minutes to take our drinks order which they proceeded to get wrong. We ordered our food which arrived on small plates as and when each dish was ready. The food was very good. Once we had finished our food, we waited another 20 minutes for them to clear the dirty plates away. I had to actually ask the waitress to clear them away.
Although the food was good, I don’t think we will be returning as the lack of service is just too frustrating.

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CC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a hidden gem. The ambiance and standard of service was fantastic. Friendly and attentive staff, which was refreshing to see! The food was exquisite, every dish was plated to perfection and tasted exceptionally. I was totally overwhelmed by the standard of food and the overal service! I most definitely will be returning on many occasion! Thank you Ukai!

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N
London
6 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely decor and atmosphere. The service can be slow (and forgetful) but they're so nice that its hard to get angry at them. The food is excellent!

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TG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Sushi, my girlfriend and I have had in London, the Tuna Tartar was incredible.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We were originally going to go to E&O, but the last 2 times there it was very hectic, and expensive.

Here it took time to get the waitress’ attention, but once we did all was fine, with a swift helpful service. Would go back.

Good value.

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JK
London
46 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great late night dinner at Ukai Amazing food, vibe and music for a Saturday night

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SO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a really good time on a busy Saturday afternoon. The food was good and service excellent.
I will definitely be going back

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P
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alex’s reataurant is always a good choice

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AM
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, fantastic food, and phenomenal service. A pricey meal but worth every penny!

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SC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing, and is served with dedication.The service was brilliant.The bar have a long selection of spirits.Worth every penny.
Particular highlight:
The Wagyu tataki, the Salmon fillet, the ‘Origami nest’ cocktail.

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GB
London
31 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food and value for money. Some dishes could have been a little hotter which was disappointing.

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food, cool venue and great service. Only downside was the price being quite high, especially for the booze. Some broccoli, veg gyoza and 2 glasses of Prosecco ended up costing me £50! However, I did have a lovely evening and would go back there.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never fails to deliver! Always delicious food, brilliant staff and the setting on portobello road is just so nice and handy! A must for everyone.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was average

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G
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Food wasn’t good at all. Ambiance fun

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P
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed everything. Except for the very sticky tables.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing night. Great sushi and cocktails. Service was really good, friendly guys and good recommendations. We’ll come back!

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food in a cool setting. Great music and ambience. Nice vibe. Had a selection of dishes and all were outstanding. Particularly liked the robata grill flavours. Very fresh sushi. Good wine selection. Only (very) minor thing is the sushi and sashimi platters could have more varied fish on them. They’re dominated by tuna and salmon which is odd when the sushi a la carte has many more varieties of fish available.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was lovely and the service so friendly. Def going to head back to try more of the menu!

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JB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Great food, small portions and service needs to improve. On the whole it's a lovely place and good food.

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YC
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Bad service from the start. Table very sticky. Thought the place quite dirty - seem understaffed. Had to keep getting up to get attention. Drinks took ages also. Not a warm welcome. Manager seemed to be micro managing thus the slowness. Staff seemed a little frightened of him. Will not go back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Was a bit disappointed with the size of the wagyu roll, though it did taste good.

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TC
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

This used to be a fab restaurant but we have been back twice in the past few months and, sadly, we feel it has gone down hill. Service was very poor. Cold red wine (to their credit, they replaced it with a better one). Service took too long, main courses were served at uncomfortably different times so we were waiting for everyone to have food before we could eat and they got one of our orders wrong.
Annoyingly, they were slow taking starter orders and bringing out starters but then we were told we had to order our mains immediately as the kitchen was closing-we had a 8.30 reservation, so not late. Such a shame as this used to be a reliably good notting hill spot.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place was great! From the great setting on Portobello road and very nice atmosphere to the attentive and helpful service and of course the beautifully presented and delicious Japanese food. I will definitely be back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brother came into town and we wanted to celebrate with a lovely meal. Ukai is cozy and effortlessly a fancy place and the food is superb. The service also was very friendly!!

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GJ
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We visited Ukai for the first time during our stay in London. It wasn’t busy and atmosphere was very welcoming. The food was served fast and we were well looked after by staff. We really enjoyed food - micu soup, katsu curry, JFC and a few sushi roles. It was absolutely delicious! Would definitely recommend this place for a casual meal, date or occasion.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Service and ambience were nice but food was slow, sushi was extremely disappointing and portions were tiny.

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KT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would like to Thank the manager who made my visit, very personalised. My partner was late and he made sure his food was kept warm till he arrived. I would highly recommend to go there. He was very friendly and what he recommended me was spot on. It was rather quiet when we arrived but he did say after 2pm it will be more busier. I could not fault the place one bit I will definitely be going back in the New Year! Great food and excellent customer service

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant in Portebello rd was a great find its been there for 3 years, you may remember it as a historical pub from the 60's now totally renovated a cozy warm vibe with a fireplace you can whatch the chef behind a glass window on the robata grill.
I live in Sheperds Bush and just found it for the first time the other nite, The chef comes from ROKA another fav of mine , its Japenese fusion with all yer favorites Black Cod to die for! ,Green Dragon Roll avocado eel, Mango Carrot Slaw , Popcorn Shrimp aka Rock Shrimp tempura, light ,fluffy, snackee and Yummeee ,Korean spicy lambchops Schmazing LOVE them got 3 big ones!!!! and whatched the chef cook them, Ceviche combo of a few fishes but more chunky like a POKE delicious ,All the food was soooooo Good !!! and to top it all off Hot Sake The servers were charming and attentive I will definetly go back and take all my friends! Thank you!!!!

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TD
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We have been back to UKAI on a number of occasions now and have found the food to be very good. It is fresh and tasty and the service provided also very good. The only slight downside is the level of the music when the live band is playing. It makes it difficult to converse or concentrate on others in your dining party. However, time it right and you won't be disappointed.

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M
London
12 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, tartare and rolls were very tasty

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