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AKIRA Restaurant

AKIRA Opening Hours:

Tuesday - Saturday
Lunch: 12:00–15:00 (last orders 14:30)
Afternoon Tea: 14:30–17:00 (last orders 16:30)
Dinner: 18:00–23:00 (last orders 22:00)


Contact details:

Call +44 20 3971 4646
Email [email protected]

101-111 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA


Lunch Menu (PDF)

Afternoon Tea Menu (PDF)

Dinner Menu (PDF)

Drinks Menu (PDF)

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A special Japanese dining experience

The Japanese restaurant, AKIRA, is on the first floor of Japan House London in Kensington High Street. The restaurant presents a Japanese dining experience based on its ‘trinity of cooking’ principles - food, tableware and presentation.

Visit for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner to experience Japanese-style omotenashi hospitality and the theatre of cooking as chefs prepare dishes reflecting Japan’s diverse food offer, using seasonal ingredients over roaring robata (charcoal grill) flames. Highlights of the menu include imaginative sushi specialities and chargrilled kushiyaki skewers made from umami-rich wagyu beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetables. 

The dining experience is complemented by tableware the chef has sourced from artisans across Japan and drinks in fine Japanese glassware. Guests can also enjoy the Japanese bar, adjacent to the restaurant, serving an array of sake and original cocktails made using Japanese ingredients including rare sake, yuzu and shiso.

Learn more about the story of AKIRA Restaurant.

Lunchtime Offer at AKIRA Restaurant

AKIRA Restaurant is currently offering £10 off bento boxes at lunchtime (Akira bento, Sushi bento and Vegetable bento). Available Tuesdays – Fridays, for online bookings only.

To be eligible for the offer, make your reservation below.

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We welcome diners from the age of 4. We may occasionally be able to accommodate babies, but the number of highchairs available is limited, as is the space for pushchairs, so it is advisable to contact the restaurant in advance to check if this will be possible.

Afternoon Tea at Japan House London

AKIRA restaurant on the first floor of Japan House London offers a Japanese-style Afternoon Tea.

Guests can choose from a selection of beverages including green teas and smoked black teas, served with a seasonal platter of sushi, wagashi - Japanese sweets - and desserts. The afternoon menu is served between 14:30 and 16:30 (with the restaurant closing at 17:00 to prepare for dinner service).


Kumihimo Cocktail

This cocktail is inspired by the vibrancy of colour and intricacy of pattern of the kumihimo braids featured in the exhibition. It is created firstly by stirring Don Papa Rum, St Germain Elderflower liqueur and red wine over ice. Next, a dash of Campari is added, giving the drink its distinctive and vibrant red hue. A few drops of yuzu bitters finish of the cocktail, which is served over an elegant custom ice cube, etched with the design of a kumihimo braid. The name KINU, meaning silk in Japanese, recalls the smooth and well-balanced taste of the cocktail and references kumihimo’s own key ingredient.

Available in AKIRA Restaurant for the duration of the exhibition, 23 February–11 June 2023.

On our Online Shop, find a carefully curated range of kitchenware, including designer cutlery and a selection of typically Japanese utensils to ensure culinary success.