Kikuchi Japanese Restaurant

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Welcome to Kikuchi Japanese Restaurant.



Dear Customers.



With a heavy heart, we have made a decision to temporary close Kikuchi Japanese restaurant from 20th March until further notice.

The health, safety and well-being of our guests and team members are our top priority and we will be monitoring the situation closely to determine when services resume.

Thank you for all your support so far.









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

We are now able to take orders of uni don (sea urchin on rice) by calling us on 020 7637 7720, 24 hours in advanced of your desired day. Please be aware that this service is not available through opentable or email.

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate children during weekdays.


We look forward to serving you soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered Omakase for two at the bar seats reserved.

Starter and the Sashimi that follows are decent. Sequence of the dishes is thoughtful that you get to taste the toro twice.

Also pleasure to watch the chef making the nigiri in front of you and with some basic explain things like what should be dipped with sauce.

Only dish that let me down was the tempura. Firstly, it’s not Japanese tiger prawn. And secondly, the tempura batter is thick and soapy.

Dessert served is black seasame and mocha ice cream. Great way to finish the fruitful night.

Certainly the choice if you are a fan of Japanese cuisine in London. It’s pricey but the value is there.

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Anonym
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The sashimi set came really fast and the taste and quality was okay. Then we have waited quite a long time for the second dishes. The fried dishes were too normal for the price and the waiting time. I would say those taste similar to the home made ones, and probably worse. The pickles and scallop sashimi turned out to be the best. But the taste was similar to those could be easily get in the supermarket. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend friends to come. Wonder how did this restaurant get recommended as Michelle star 1.

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MelindaC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Beware! Enforce a £40 minimum for each diner and will loudly demand that you need to order more food.

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VincentB
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One of the finest Japanese restaurants I tried in London

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AndrewL
London
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kikuchi is easily one of the best Japanese restaurants in London. One of the few places in the city that I feel confident enough to take my Japanese colleauges.

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vipLetiziaC
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lovely Japanese food, excellent atmosphere, delightful staff

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LauraG
London
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner last Friday night and had the £106 set menu. It was worth every penny. Nice sashimi and nigiri selection. We liked sitting by the bar as we could see the sushi master preparing our food just in front of us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, impeccable service!

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vipKelly
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant, authentic sushi in a classic setting. Best I've had in London.

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EstherW
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was like stepping into an authentic restaurant in Tokyo where the food was as exquisite as exceptional. I’m saving for my next visit!

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AndrewL
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my Japanese colleagues to Kikuchi. The consensus view was that this is the best Japanese restaurant in London. Master Kikuchi behind the counter prepares everything with elegance and precision. Brilliant.

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vipMH01
London
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly outstanding. Brilliant omakase ... some of the best we’ve had in London. Excellent service at the counter. Outstanding atmosphere for a Thursday night, with the right level of buzz.

Great spot for a date, business meeting or special occasion.

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ASam
London
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable authentic food. Great sake and plum wine.

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FedericaB
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

the food was very tasty, especially Nigiri. all staff is very professional and nice.

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ANAN
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Japanese food. One of the best in London.
Fantastic service as well.

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vipNiteOutOwl
New England
16 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic.

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vipAsta
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ELHT
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.

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vipArch83
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent omakase

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cityman
London
22 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.

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vipAsta
London
10 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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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

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vip4545
London
43 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。

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IKTLUX
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.

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Poubelle87
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

KB
vipKirillB
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!

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vipMxxx
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!

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OferB
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.

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AngiraC
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!

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vipHammer
Chicago
66 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!

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vipjlf36
London
11 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

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EpiM
London
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

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

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RWalker
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!

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ChrisC
London
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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Anonim
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.

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richardJ
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.

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MichaelP
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing in every way

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RexieR
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.

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AnandV
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One of the most authentic Japanese restaurants I have been to

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