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24 April 2014
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Akari

196 Essex Road, London N1 8LZ

£32.00 Japanese , Sushi Islington, Barnsbury

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  • Wine: £14.80
  • Champagne: £53.00
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 5-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)

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This grand old former pub, all Victorian tiles & imposing gold-painted pillars, is now home to an izakaya – a kind of Japanese tapas bar where food is served to accompany drinks. Given the quality of cooking here, however, eating is a more serious business than that description might suggest. The east-meets-west vibe continues on the extensive menu, where adventurous dishes such as tako su (boiled octopus & okra on plum & shiso-leaf jelly) share space with the likes of ebi fry (deep-fried prawns in breadcrumbs, with tonkatsu & tartare sauces). You’ll also find miso, teriyaki, katsu & gyoza on the list, as well as a sushi & sashimi menu with reasonably priced maki rolls. Drink draught Asahi or Kirin, saké or shochu – or wine from the serviceable list.

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  1. Akari

    196 Essex Road, London N1 8LZ
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    Dizzy P.
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    • Food & Drink: 2
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 2
    • Value: 1

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  2. Akari

    196 Essex Road, London N1 8LZ
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    Alex V.
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    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 5
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 4

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  3. Akari

    196 Essex Road, London N1 8LZ
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    Gia N.
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    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  4. Akari

    196 Essex Road, London N1 8LZ
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    London Foodie
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  5. Akari

    196 Essex Road, London N1 8LZ
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    Vanessa L.
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    0 of 3 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 1
    • Service: 1
    • Atmosphere: 1
    • Value: 1

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  6. Akari

    196 Essex Road, London N1 8LZ
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    Oleksiy O.
        (7)
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

     
    • Food & Drink: 7
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  2. Published : Thursday, 1st August 2013

    Agent Restauranteur :: Akari – London N1

    Standing across the road from the supposed address of a Japanese kitchen, I spyed an ordinary looking local pub. I’m dubious. But not one to judge a book by its cover, I venture in. Pushing through the swinging doors of what is now definitely the wrong address, my date and I are greeted by the familiar, welcoming sounds of an ordinary pub. But, on a moment’s reflection, none of the sights. Admittedly the entire room is decked out in pub-like dark wooden panelling – probably the original decor from when it did act as a local watering hole – and much like a pub, an assortment of wooden furniture is packed into the room in such a manner that you are pretty much guranteed to bash your neighbour whilst trying to squeeze out from your pew, but instead of pints, each table is adorned with chopstick...
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  3. Published : Thursday, 4th April 2013

    YUMMEI :: Akari - Islington - London

    Based in an old Victorian pub is Akari, an authentic Japanese Izakaya style restaurant and bar. It looks like a pub but... is a Japanese restaurant. My mind is completely blown. It's dark and mysterious interior with the mismatched dark mahogany chairs and scuffed up tables only add to it's charm. I came here during the end of Saturday lunchtime, there were Asian families dotted around; and one of the waitresses was happily cradling the baby of one of them while the parent's gladly ate in peace...
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Essential Details for Akari

  • Address: 196 Essex Road, London N1 8LZ
  • Telephone: 020 7226 9943
  • Website:
  • Opening Hours: Tues-Fri 5-11pm Sat-Sun 12N-11pm (Sun -10.30pm)

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