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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)

Christmas and New Year opening times

 

Contact details:

Call +44 20 3971 4646
Email [email protected]

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


Menus

Christmas Menu (PDF)

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.

AKIRA Restaurant was nominated for Best Luxury Restaurant, Best Culinary Experience and Best Restaurant London at the 2022 British Restaurant Awards.

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.

The Carpenters' Line Cocktail

檜 Hinoki: £12

Japan House London’s current exhibition, The Carpenters’ Line: Woodworking Heritage in Hida Takayama, explores the materials, tools and techniques of the master woodworkers of Hida Takayama in Gifu Prefecture.

This cocktail is inspired by the dense forests of the region, which have provided Hida’s carpenters with the raw materials needed to produce their master works for over 1,000 years. Sake from Gifu Prefecture is combined with the woody smokiness of Miyagikyo single malt whisky, with Pimento Dram adding herbal notes. The cocktail is then infused with warming hinoki tea and a dash of lime, before being garnished with a Laphroaig whisky mist and hinoki tea leaves. Served warm.

Available for the duration of the exhibition 29 September 2022–29 January 2023.

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).

 

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.

Christmas and New Year 2022/23 opening hours

  • 24 Dec – Open as usual
  • 25 Dec – Closed
  • 26 Dec – Closed
  • 27–30 Dec – Open as usual
  • 31 Dec – Open for lunch, closed for dinner
  • 1 Jan – Closed
  • 2 Jan – Closed
  • 3 Jan – Closed
  • 4 Jan – Open as usual