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Those seeking a side order of designer decor and celeb spotting à la Nobu will find little satisfaction at long-serving, family-run Ikeda, where ultra-traditional service and thoughtfully rendered food are the stars of the show. Revered dishes include flame-seared o-toro (tuna) steak gleaming with warm fat, grilled squid ‘legs’ with ginger, silky chawan mushi custard spiked with citrus, barbecued eel on rice with teriyaki sauce, and belly pork with garlic and miso. There’s also a top-drawer selection of sushi and sashimi loaded with spanking-fresh turbot, mackerel, shrimps, scallops and the like to go with Ikeda’s fascinating list of premium sakés and umeshu (plum wines). Mrs Ikeda and her smiling brigade of “delicate” waitresses in black kimonos run front of house, while busy action in the open kitchen adds some theatre to the discreet, understated room.
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30 Brook Street ,London W1K 5DJ

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Good food, but not cheap

by   platinum reviewer (215)

Oct 2013

Diners in London in search of authentic Japanese food and service have it good in Mayfair. Ikeda can comfortably hold its own against the likes of Sakana-Tei (Maddox Street) or Kiku (Half Moon Street) among others. If there is a common factor across these restaurants, it is that they – like much of Japanese culture – are discreet and under-stated. The emphasis at Ikeda is very much on food; the location (and, by consequence, the atmosphere to an extent) is undoubtedly secondary. In terms of décor,...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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    Food Expectations :: Food Expectations: Ikeda London Review

    I have been looking for good Japanese food in London since I moved here. I had found some places I liked, such as Yashin (though they don’t allow soy as they believe their food doesn’t need it), and Dinings, but they both serve Japanese food with a twist. I prefer traditional, no frills Japanese where they focus on quality of fish as opposed to ambiance or making innovative and fancy sushi. After two years, Ikeda filled the void!
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    Eat With Steph :: Ikeda | Eat With Steph

    A small but elegant restaurant with a tranquil backdrop, Ikeda has served fine Japanese food since 1978. Food and setting have often been described as exquisite and exclusive, and being near the Japanese Embassy often results amass of business men and client meetings taking place here.

    Prices are high no doubt, but you’ll get your moneys worth, choose carefully as your bill can mount to as high as £100 per person including drinks. (I spent £60.)

    Family-run, traditional formalities and waitresses in Kimonos, it’s like being back in Japan again!...
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  • Address: 30 Brook Street, London W1K 5DJ
  • Telephone: 020 7629 2730
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Fri 12.30-3.30pm Mon-Sat 6.30-10.30pm

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