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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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Essential Details for Akari

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

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