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A minimalist blend of Japanese blond wood and lattice screens, Kiku’s two-tier dining room puts on two very different faces. By day, business lunchers pile in for well-regarded set deals that require a modest outlay and half an hour of your time. The Kiku ‘special’ is a top shout, offering mixed tempura, miso soup, sushi and teriyaki-braised chicken, but you can also dip into abundant raw fish, donburi rice bowls or noodle soups. By night, a more moneyed crowd arrives to indulge in glistening sashimi platters, sunomono salads, tempura and bubbling shabu-shabu hotpots. Alternatively, kaiseki banquet menus offer a more extensive tour of the cuisine and its premium plates. Prices are reasonable, and a seat at the sushi bar adds extra value: “just go easy on the wasabi – it’s strong!” warns a fan.

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    Quiet eating :: Kiku

    This is a long overdue review of Kiku (菊), what I think is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London for a reasonable price. Sure, there may be better out there but they’re either insanely hard to book, expensive or both. I think I probably have to go out on a limb here. Kiku is traditional Japanese food. Not to be confused with the likes of Wasabi, Itsu and Sticks’n’sushi which are all heavily westernised versions of Japanese food. You couldn’t be caught dead eating things like that in Japan. Neither is Japanese food just sushi or ramen. That is only the tip of the iceberg. To give you an idea of comparators,...
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    The Swindian :: Kiku - sushi in Mayfair | The Swindian

    Kiku is slightly tucked away in Mayfair and when we walked in, we were struck by the quiet, unassuming decor. The service was inconspicuous and unobtrusive. As usually happens when I eat with my father, I let him do the honour of ordering and I simply ate what was put in front of me. As always, it worked really well, and everything he chose was absolutely delicious.
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