Jin Kichi

Restaurants , Japanese Hampstead
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Jin Kichi
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Jin Kichi

On Hampstead’s bijou Heath Street, Jin Kichi’s elegant green façade sits discreetly among florists, jewellers and estate agents. The homely dining room is less swish, its central feature being a robata grill, framed by counter seating. This is somewhere to come for a quiet meal with friends or family, rather than to see and be seen.

You’ll find the usual line-up of chicken, beef, pork and vegetable skewers on the coals, including a few less common cuts such as crunchy chicken gizzards, or beef tongue – all cooked just right. From the list of grilled fish, yellowtail and salmon collar (the part behind the fin and head) make unusual but delicious choices: some parts marbled with buttery fat, others more lean and crisp from the grill. The sushi is also good, including a standard range of tuna, salmon, sea bass and yellowtail, plus other marine creatures.

The only disappointment on a recent trip was a special of vinegar-pickled cauliflower, which was rather too potent. Saké (available by the cup or bottle) makes the natural accompaniment to a meal, but if you’re in a party mood, there are also shochu cocktails.


Venue name: Jin Kichi
Address: 73 Heath Street
Opening hours: Lunch served 12.30-2pm Tue-Sun. Dinner served 6-10.45pm Tue-Sat; 6-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Hampstead
Price: Main courses £14-£16. Set lunch £9-£17
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