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“Would have expected a lot more from a Japanese restaurant within Japan House” is too often the verdict on this venue within the Japanese Government’s year-old showcase for all things Nipponese, which occupies Kensington’s former Derry & Toms department store. The place is not without advocates of its “attractive” design and “beautiful presentation” but even fans acknowledge it’s “on the expensive side” and some critics report really bad trips with “overly complex and heavy”, or even “shockingly bad” dishes.
The Japanese Government’s meticulously designed new cultural centre and store – Japan House in Kensington’s old Derry & Toms department store – opened in June 2018 and is one of three globally aiming to showcase Nipponese heritage and craft. Its robatayaki and sushi restaurant is brought to us by Akira Shimizu, former chef of Engawa. It’s far from being a showcase for budget Japanese dining however!
|Wine per bottle||£32.00|
101-111 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA
|Monday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑4 pm|