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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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Kiku

17 Half Moon Street ,London W1J 7BE

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Oct 2013

Booked for a Saturday evening, and Kiku was moderately busy, but not at all crowded. We were welcomed brusquely, seated promptly, and handed menus (including a list of interesting special dishes) and rather tepid warm towels. Twenty-five minutes later we still had not been asked for drinks orders, much less food orders, and so we departed – we drove over to Nizuni in Fitzrovia, which was crowded, but they squeezed us in and we had drinks in hand and food orders in the kitchen within six minutes of...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 2

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Kiku

17 Half Moon Street ,London W1J 7BE

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by   bronze reviewer (8)

Apr 2010

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We had booked a table for 2pm which like for many Japanese establishments is late for lunch and it was clear most people had finished or were about to. The staff didn't seem to mind and let us take our time over our order. While the overall look is clean and utilitarian, the food is excellent. I ordered off the a la carte sushi menu and everything was superbly fresh and just-made. Much, much better than the kind of stuff you get at lunchtime at Nobu.The staff were cleaning up or eating themselves...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 5

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Kiku

17 Half Moon Street ,London W1J 7BE

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by   silver reviewer (29)

Feb 2009

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Direct upon entering Kiku it feels like a genuine Japanese restaurant simply because you see a lot of Japanese clients dining. The food did in deed turn out to be a success. I had a fairly big lunch with edamame, salad, sashimi along with the normal sides. My friend and I were sat upstairs and like Squaremeal says, the place got really packed, really quickly so I would recommend booking. You can see that this is a very common place for business lunches, which obviously brings the atmosphere down...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 3

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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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    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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