Kikuchi Japanese Restaurant

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Welcome to Kikuchi Japanese Restaurant.


Dear Customers.

Please note we have a minimum order £40 per person.

We look forward to serving you soon!
What 89 People Are Saying
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A
London
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful super fresh Japanese food
Aubergine very good
Very helpful pleasant staff with the food prepared by the master chef and his chef

EL
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic Japanese food for a good price. Will definitely be back. Iced green tea should be refillable though.

A
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent omakase

c
London
20 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having lived in Tokyo for a couple of years, sometimes you just hanker for the real thing and make no mistake, this is it! Sushi/Sashimi restaurants such as this were out of our price range in Tokyo and while Kikuchi's prices represent good value for money, you'll need to be pretty comfortably off if you want to make it a frequent destination.
The decor is restful and imbued with Japanese elegance, service helpful-I could have lived without the background music, but this is a very minor quibble-and the food, which came incredibly quickly, was impeccable.
The sashimi/sushi menu is reasonably extensive, but some favourites (octopus, akagai, hokigai and egg) weren't represented. The fish quality was outstanding.
The sushi came with guidance-no soy for the salmon roe (already cured) or the turbot (traditionally sprinkled with salt) and a brush for painting soy on the remaining pieces. The miso soup was filled with taste, the tempura light and crispy, the aubergine with sweet miso soft as babaganoush and sweet like chestnut or sweet potato. The kushikatsu breaded rolls of pork around a filling of perilla leaf and chopped pickled plum had a great crunch, a savoury start then developing with the sour umeboshi and the aromatic perilla-I loved it, which was just as well as my partner not so keen on the sourness. We stuck with beer, so unable to comment on the sake, but we would absolutely go again for a special occasion.

A
London
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great small restaurant with staff eager to help with ordering
A privilege to be served and have the food prepared by the master chef
Fish extremely good reflected in the costs but well worth it
Looking forward to returning

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Paid £288 for two and at this price point there are better options

4
London
37 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It’s one of authentic Japanese places in London.
This was the first visit since I stopped going there 3-4years ago.
Luckily it wasn’t packed there as it was rainy Monday. I think it used to be always busy before though.
All of the chefs and waitresses are Japanese, but not that friendly, so this hasn’t changed.
Quality of food is ok. Not excellent. Somehow I didn’t feel it that fresh as I found all of food that I had then at the room temperature.
Normally in Japanese food culture, right coldness/warmness of the dishes are quite important.
Anyway food is authentic here but not the best. Location is great. It’s worth trying if you like or miss authentic Japanese.
今回久々にお邪魔しましたが、以前よりひっそり?(雨の月曜だったからかもしれませんが、空いていてラッキー!)
お店の雰囲気は変わらずです。
おまかせを頂きました。
ロンドンでも、以前より、日本の味に近く美味しいお店が増えてきているからか、勿論、美味しけど、「やっぱり菊池!」とは今回はなりませんでした。
でも、fusionじゃない日本食を召し上がりたい方には、ロケーションも含めて、とてと良いと思います。

IK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was great. Best sushi so far in London. The staff were tense as the chief waitress sounded harsh on the other waitresses/waiters, which made me a little uncomfortable.

P
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The sushi was excellent. I also enjoyed the seaweed salad. Overall an enjoyable experience.

KB
London
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place, great service, amazing food, just great. Everything was lovely. Not cheap but worth every penny!

OB
London
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was good and the waitresses were attentive. The food was good, not excellent. My main criticism is regarding the price of most dishes on the menu. I don't mind paying premium prices when it's justifies but that's not the case here. In my view the food is over-priced.

AC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is the star here. Reminded ya of sushi in Tokyo! Very fresh, rice cooked perfectly and perfect fish to rice proportion.
Get the spicy tuna roll, chu toro and aburi salmon. Prawn tempura was also great!

H
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were traveling in London and our daughter was in the mood for sushi. We love omakase at small, intimate restaurants, not the large, fancy factories. Kikuchi was perfect. Service was impeccable, the menu extensive with so much more beyond sushi. And the sushi was as good as the sushi we’ve had in Ginza. The fish was superb, but we must say the quality of the rice was outstanding. We could taste every single grain. Amazing attention to detail. My wife had the chawan mushi and said it was the best she has ever had. Too bad we do not live in London as we would be eating here every week!

j
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! You pay for it, but it's worth it. Best sushi we've had in ages

EM
London
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Bad uni. This spoilt the entire meal. Staff shrugged shoulders upon mention. Overpriced.

RW
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The very best very fatty tuna I have tasted in years! The sake selection is of the highest quality and the staff attentive at all times. Not the cheapest place to eat but you certainly get what you pay for, food of exemplary quality!

CC
London
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very authentic Japanese cuisine. The price is a bit expensive but it worths a try

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The most authentic sushi restaurant in London. I have tried a lot of type of Japanese restaurant and sushi restaurants but this is the best so fat. If you want to taste real high end sushi restaurant’s quality of food as good as you can in Japan, you must go to Kikuchi. If you are not familiar with sea urchin or any other authentic Japanese sushi seafood, maybe better to go different place but this is the best sushi place in London.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Whilst not as stylish as other London Japanese restaurants such as Roka, the food is very good and worth visiting for the food alone.

MP
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food and great service. The chefs selection was varied and fish very fresh. Was a little expensive.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in every way

RR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the counter and had the £100 per head Omakase menu. Great value for money. Definitely recommended. Wonderful selection of sashimi and sushi - otoro, sea bass, mackarel, squid, turbot and more! Highlights for me were the yellowfin sashimi and the tuna sushi. This is my 2nd visit and my fave is still the seared very fatty tuna (otoro) sushi. Dreamy! Officially my favourite sushi place in London.

AV
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One of the most authentic Japanese restaurants I have been to

RR
Cheshire
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent sushi and sashimi. The fatty tuna sashimi, the sea urchin sushi and the sole were particularly enjoyable. A bit too much wasabi on the prawn and squid sashimi. The service was perfect.

OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great to enjoy Japanese food here,good for value.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh and delicious food

RS
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In my opinion this is the best Sushi in London
Sit at the bar and order the premium Omakase if you like to see masters at work

OT
Dorset
12 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used to work in Tokyo as a pâtissier for 2 years and am very picky about food, and I would say this is the best authentic Japanese restaurant in London!
My boyfriend who is a French chef also gives very high comments on this restaurant.

Considering the quality of its food, it’s about the same price range as in similar restaurants in Tokyo.

We will definitely come back regularly. Thanks :))) ごちそさまでした!

N
London
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

came not knowing about the £40 minimum order per person, but the food was very good and did not disappoint

A
London
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent authentic Japanese food

GN
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sushi was amazing. Tasty over all. I’ll definitely go back.

j
London
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience1

very slow service, drinks especially very expensive, although food good

CM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flawless. For what it was the price was correct. Probably some of if not the best sushi we’ve ever had - and we’ve been to Japan. The head sushi chef was the don. Waiting staff really nice too. My gf enjoyed her 30th birthday very much.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The excellent owner cheff (proper Japanese cheff) behind the sushi counter and wonderful service by the staff!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fresh food, good service :)

S
London
14 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good but I would say very expensive versus other options in the area. Some of the food prices per plate seem to be extremely expensive. I can’t complain about the quality although the miso cod was a little burnt.

J
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Kikuchi was an amazing food experience the recommendations both on food and drinks (outstanding Sake) were spot on
A must go if you are a sushi and nigiri lover
Great service too

AE
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly fresh sashimi and sushi. Probably the best I’ve had in London and I’ve toured on a regular basis the top end japenese restaurants in town.

If you want no frills but super fresh, authentic Japanese food, come here. Everywhere else is inferior.

AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Sadly, too expensive vs quality. And almost felt like didnt want to bother to serve us