Ukai

4.3
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206 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Ukai brings an exciting contemporary Japanese cuisine with an Italian flare, in an irresistible setting

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

What 206 People Are Saying
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Main meal was forgotten and took over 40 minutes to arrive. We were never asked for drinks after the first round. It felt like speakers from the DJ were placed directly above our head making any conversation difficult. The portion size for the price was ridiculously small and not worth it.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall food was good but Our grilled salmon arrived like 25 mins late!

JK
London
56 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Notting Hills finest bar restaurant!

EC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The restaurant is part of a bar/pub that sometimes plays live music. On my visit it was very loud so not the best place for a sit down meal. Staff very nice and we moved tables towards the back. Food decent and fairly priced. I’d recommend for a lunch with a few friends

ET
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with the service and the food was delicious.

MR
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service, delicious food, and a great reunion afternoon for a group of girls!

OT
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food, really fresh sea food. Very nice people

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

Ukai is always fantastic! Food is just perfect and the vibe is very cool!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Aware the Notting Hill Carnival had been on during the day, but booked a table for a meal. On arrival it had been turned into a tiki bar, no tables were available despite booking, and we were advised if we wanted food we should go around the corner to see the chef, but it was standing from only. They should not have accepted bookings, or they should at least have warned it would not be a restaurant that night. We had to go somewhere else. Will not return.

AG
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food but the ambience of the restaurant just doesn’t look or feel like a Japanese restaurant.

J
London
163 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Ukai is definitely a neighbourhood gem! Outstanding Japanese fusion cuisine, wonderful friendly service and a menu to satisfy the curious!!

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food and service

V
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food amazeing vibes. The staff is amazeing and very accommodating.

JK
London
56 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top dinner! Thanks fo much guys. Anna for president

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was good...

A
London
17 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service
Great whiskies and saki

J
London
163 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ukai is a great Japanese fusion experience - wide choice on the menu, staff couldn't be more helpful. I've been twice now, and everything we've ordered has been superb.

C
London
8 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was all very good just a bit loud as we were right by the loud music. However we all enjoyed it and would definitely come again. The cocktails are delicious and food also. May chose a weekday night however !

P
London
18 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is absolutely fantastic and so is the live music but the service and incredibly loud music between sets lets it down. 3 staff all couldn't find my booking (though I subsequently got a query from opentable asking why I hadn't attended) and the service was friendly enough but we literally had to call the waitresses and the music was so loud we chose to leave before dessert.

PM
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Much too noisy! Difficult enough hearing without the band but impossible with deal breaker.

A
London
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended. Great music, intimate atmosphere and fantastic food. Oh...and the cocktail bar is top notch!

n
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Food was marginal at best. Atmosphere was probably what you'd expect from a Kensington/Notting Hill area restaurant. Lots of preppy, new money types who probably wouldn't know good sushi from bad sushi. The service was great. I don't mean to put down the restaurant and the people who work there, because they were pleasant and helpful.

J
London
163 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ukai presents a wide ranging menu of tantalising Japanese inspired dishes perfect for sharing, in a space full of atmosphere, allied to wonderful service. We couldn't fault the whole experience.

SO
London
4 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always the food and service was very good. I visited on a Saturday afternoon and was lucky enough to hear half of the live bands set. Her rendition of "lovely days" was amazing. I'll be back soon.

JK
London
56 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible evening out once again at ukai, top food and vibes. Excellent drinks too. Definitely the place to be in Notting Hill! Even being super busy, the service was amazing and super fast.

CC
London
6 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lovely place hidden gem nestle amongst at the busy and vibrant Notting Hill Portobello. This spot has exceptional food and great cocktails the ambience is great for couples and small calm groups as it’s a small quaint place with an intimate feel. The many times I’ve been, the music has been good, fitting the establishments mood and feel. Definitely would recommend to all !

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

All so good , but it’s feels like stuff rushing you to finish, haven’t finished the starter , they already bring mains. Always looking at you when to take plate from , to clear the table. Cocktails are fab

9
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a gem of the area. lovely service. Amazing food, to die for king crab legs and gyoza! will recommend everyone to come. thanks UKAI!

JS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing experience at UKAI. Great ambience, food is just incredibly good and the staff is great. They really know how to make you comfortable and special. Great place! To me, the best tempura in London, no joke!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic cocktails really unusual but tasty flavours
Great atmosphere for a date night.
Service was a little bit slow but our waitress was super friendly and helpful.
Food was delicious. We massively over ordered because there was so many yummy options on the menu.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favourite place in London ! Amazing

HB
New York Area
18 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!

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.

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

DG
London
38 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and they continue to offer the full menu late at night.

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.

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

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

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

Birthday lunch ! Great food and service! Amazing cocktails!

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

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

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!