An izakaya-inspired Japanese joint near Oxford Street.
The extravagant exterior of this Japanese restaurant belies how humble the interiors are. Outside, you’re greeted by a wall of fairy lights and plush blue velvet seats. Inside, with its bistro chairs, tarnished mirrored bar lined with simple carafes and sake barrels on the wall, it feels like you’re in an izakaya whose owner was taken with Parisian brasseries, but wasn’t into those checked tablecloths. Within a stone’s throw of Oxford Street, it’s a calm oasis and surprisingly cosy despite being a reasonable size.
As in a traditional izakaya, it’s best to stick to beer (Asahi on draft) and sake (a fairly comprehensive selection ordered by region). A lychee martini lacked finesse.
The menu has all of the izakaya classics. I had no criticisms about the sashimi plate. Everything was wonderfully fresh and meltingly good, especially the lovely, brightly coloured tuna. And it wasn’t just the raw stuff that was delicious. The black cod was great; perfectly cooked and with a subtle amount of miso. Some dishes, though, were crying out for a little polish. The karage fried chicken was greasier than it should have been and the promised ginger undetectable. And while the tuna tataki was fresh and soft, the daikon radish inside was flabby.
It really is more hit than miss, though. Being surrounded by chains, this spot is a genuine haven.
22 Woodstock St
|Transport:||Tube: Bond St.|
|Price:||Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £135.|
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
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This is my new favourite place. The kind of unassuming, seemingly effortlessly realized that you feel at home in. The food is stella and yet the ambiance, while elegant, isn't overwhelming. An proper izakaya is a place you can take a date, or a group of people after work, and this is the closest I've seen outside of Japan. I had given up on finding a place like this in London - especially one that doesn't do lasting financial damage. Hurah!
Kiri offers a true piece of authentic Tokyo style izakaya experience in the heart of Mayfair. The staff really know their food and offer perfect sake pairings from their extensive selection! Highly recommend it!
New kid on the block, a little hidden, we found them by their secret back door on South Molton Street. Izakaya means this is a place for booze AND food. Sushi is good but go for the interesting stuff. Rabbit skewers, octopus carpaccio, fluke with truffle.
Sake is a must, why would you drink wine (although you can). Ask staff to help with recommendations.
Cosy, relaxed, nice place.
Lovely restaurant with such a good atmosphere. We felt so welcome by the staff and the food is amazing. Kiri got such a list of delicious sake to pair the food with, it is a great opportunity to taste new things, and the staff is very helpful by giving advice. Don't miss out on the Ribeye steak with yakiniku sauce that the staff carved at the table, absolutely stunning! Also the aubergine in miso paste and the black cod are very good, we will be back!
Really loved Kiri. I always think service makes such a big difference to a dining experience and Kiri was spot on. Friendly and professional. Also clearly new what they were talking about when it came to the food. Great value too.
Absolutely loved this place! Down a quiet back street just near Bond Street, you'd never know you were in Central London just a stones throw from manic Oxford Street. Perfect for post shopping lunch or dinner. I'm always on the look out for unpretentious and affordable Japanese food (it's my favourite) and can wholly vouch for this spot. I'd highly recommend the lemon sole karage, octopus carpaccio, and the Wagyu steak with miso sauce. YUM!
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