03 Sep 2020
We might not have been able to enjoy Japanese cherry blossom season or the excitement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this year, but we can now celebrate some of the best Japanese food available in our fair city. Critically acclaimed restaurant Akira at the Japan House on Kensington High Street will be reopening its doors on 4th September.
The robata has been lit, sushi knives have been sharpened and Chef Akira is ready to once again skilfully slice sashimi, craft innovative sushi and expertly cook the likes of umami-rich Waygu beef, pork, chicken, seafood and vegetable dishes on flaming charcoal.
Founded on the holy trinity of Japanese cooking principles – food, tableware and presentation, guests will once again be able to enjoy Akira’s Insta-worthy jewel-like bento boxes as well as spectacular sumiyaki delivered to the table sizzling hot on lava stones. For the signature Akira experience, opt for the robata or sushi omakase set menus, with three courses at lunch (£60) and up to five available for dinner (£75). Visually striking and delicious, each omakase includes a daily changing starter, an elegant bento box, and main course of either Wagyu beef or sushi.
In addition to being open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday, the Akira afternoon tea is back. This exquisite Japanese-inspired Tea for Two platter comprises of Japan’s best-loved savoury and sweet treats; from carefully crafted sushi through to mochigashi pounded rice cakes with a variety of sweet bean pastes and Japanese dorayaki pancakes. Enjoy with a choice of green and smoked black teas from Ippudo and Kaneroku Matsumoto Tea Garden, Japan’s finest producers or add a glass of sparkling sake can also be added for an additional £7. Available Wednesday – Saturday between 2:30 – 4:30pm and is priced at £28 per person, with a minimum of two people sharing.
In keeping with authentic omotenashi hospitality, Akira has now introduced a number of measures to ensure the safety of its team and guests. As well as socially distanced tables, Akira have installed hand sanitizer stations, additional security and signage whilst introducing enhanced and frequent cleaning regimes. All the front of house team will wear face coverings and payment is contactless.
The restaurant’s private dining room, The Tatami room, offers a peaceful, wooden haven – with space for up to 6 guests, providing the perfect opportunity for socially distanced dining with friends and family. The minimal and modern décor reflects the Japanese philosophy of place and home – doma – so you can feel experience restaurant quality food in a truly safe space.
Experience the best of Japan in London with Akira at Japan House.
110-111 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA
020 3971 4646