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Akira

020 3971 4646

101-111 Kensington High Street

London W8 5SA Greater London, United Kingdom

What It Is: A seriously upscale restaurant sitting on the upper floor of Japan House at High Street Kensington

Perfect For: Corporate Cards, Wasting Your Time And Money

There’s no doubt about it, Akira is beautiful. Unfortunately, the food is, well, just food. Actually, it’s very expensive food. It’s all served on big rocks and in bento boxes, which we guess is supposed to impress. It doesn’t. And nor does it justify the frankly stupid prices. The sushi is perfectly fine, but some of the more innovative combinations (orange ponzu) just don’t work.

The Verdict: If you want some imaginative and expensive Japanese food, just head across the road to Yashin Sushi. If you want to spend a pile of dough to eat okay food in a stunning room, come here.

Akira is a high-end robatayaki and sushi restaurant on the first floor of the new cultural centre, Japan House on Kensington High Street. Expect beautiful bento boxes, an open kitchen with a rotata grill, rice cooked in donabe clay pots and pricy sushi, like wagyu beef with truffle and cheese or sea urchin with tosa jelly. There’s also a sleek bar with a big old drinks menu, including a rare sake that’s a casual £180 per bottle.

We checked out Akira and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report

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