Jin Kichi

Japanese, Sushi·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Jin Kichi

Bronze Award

Don’t be deceived by Jin-Kichi’s higgledy-piggledy interior: the outmoded decor, tired furnishings and closely packed tables are no indication of food quality, which is pretty darned impressive. With chefs lined up behind a robata grill, it’s no surprise that skewers are a speciality. Yakitori, the typical chicken and spring onion combo, sets the benchmark, but there are much more unusual options, from ox tongue to chicken skin crisped with salt, or delicious quails’ eggs dappled with teriyaki sauce. Other hot stuff includes stewed pork belly and grilled salmon jaw, but don’t overlook the sushi; the raw fish is glisteningly fresh (try the rolls packed with silky yellowtail and avocado). As an alternative to the expensive and limited wine list, drink hot or cold saké, or shochu cocktails (grapefruit sour, for instance).

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Japanese, Sushi
Cosy, Traditional
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73 Heath Street, Hampstead, London, NW3 6UG

020 7794 6158 020 7794 6158


Opening Times

Tues-Sun 12.30-2 6-10.45pm (Sun -10pm)


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2 Reviews 


07 March 2020  
Worst Customer Service I’ve Ever Experienced

My two friends and I had the worst customer serviced we have EVER experienced at this restaurant on Friday evening. As soon as we arrived we felt pressured to order. Unfortunately I was unexpectedly suffering a flare up of an ongoing illness so I was unable to eat, however, shortly after my friends finished their food we were brought the bill (we had been there a total of 45 minutes). We were then harassed by 4 waiters and who we believe was the manager to pay and leave immediately despite our booking stating that we would have the table for one and a half hours. The staff, especially the manager, were unbelievable rude, to the point that my friends and I were physically shaking with disbelief. They claimed that they needed our table for the next customers however, there were numerous empty tables around us and the entire downstairs of the restaurant was set up for business but empty. After ongoing harassment we finally left the restaurant exactly 59 minutes after being seated (in the end the manager snatched the bill from our table and asked us to just leave and not bother paying). We are absolutely appalled by our treatment and shall never be returning again. I am writing this review because no one should ever be subjected to such behaviour.

Ken W

24 November 2011  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4
We have been regularly eating at this fantastic Japanese Yakitori eaterie for almost 10 years now and have never had a bad meal. In fact, all our meals have been superb with some dishes being excellent, in particular for us; the black cod, all tempura, sashimi, California & Hampstead rolls, pork belly and tonkatsu. My wife has lived in Japan and likened this to a traditional ‘neighbourhood’ restaurant, with the food being just as good! The staff are very friendly anf efficeint, which they need to be because the didnig area is cramped, both upstairs and down. Try to get a seat at the robata grill to watch the chefs work their magic if you can. You will almost certainly need to book as it's busy every night of the week.
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