Jin Kichi

Restaurants, Japanese Hampstead
Jin Kichi
© Heloise Bergman 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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Just a wonderful place, especially for their grill and sake tasting. Romantic and fun. A pure gem in the bareness of Hampstead restaurants.

Absolutely love Jin Kichi. Great food, huge menu, and a lovely atmosphere, too. No wonder you always have to book ahead!

If you're after good quality food, cosy atmosphere for reasonable prices, look no further. I'll definitely be back soon!!

My partner and I love this local restaurant. Its not the cheapest night out if you're particularly hungry, but the quality of the food is incredible and we quite enjoy the slightly chaotic service and buzz of the place. We've been many times and will continue for many years to come

Authentic taste, good range of traditional Japanese cuisine. Reasonably priced. Nice decor and interior - like a tiny izakaya you would find in Japan (but cleaner). Run by Japanese so they know what they are doing and only provide high quality food. Low point: despite the appealing interior, staff look stressed, uptight, slightly rude - poor service.

That’s a shame to hear a few negative comments about the local Jin Kichi, I’ve been going for over 8 years now and the staff have slowly changed of this period, the owners remain the same dedicated to serving good food. The food is still excellent and authentic Japanese. I feel it is priced reasonably for such food. Slight worrying to hear the service slipping. Value wise, it’s about £30-£45 ahead for food. Compared to Nobu and Zuma which is 60-95 ahead with very poor service (with people who neither speak Japanese or English). General if one is unhappy with the bill, service is removed. Black cod £35 Nobu, Jin Kichi £14, honestly. This is 5 stars small, friendly local excellent quality food.