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“Little Japanese Jewel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jin Kichi

Jin Kichi
Ranked #1,883 of 22,202 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $51
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Mauritius
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26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Little Japanese Jewel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

Hidden away on Heath Street in Hampstead, London, you would never find it if you didnt know where to look. No flashing neon here - just a tiny sign - in Japanese. Small too is the actual eating space. But crammed in around an open, bustling kitchen is part of the homey charm. The real pleasure arrives on a plate: oudon noodles straight from downtown Tokyo, teriyake prawns like no other, black cod seared to perfection, and black seaweed to die for. No wonder you have to book well in advance and be willing to take a table at set times. Not cheap, mind you, but well worth it for an unusual night out.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank rmphillips
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
56 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“My favourite Jap Resto in London”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

It didn't take long for me to become a regular to this place. You MUST book though, and not on the day! They turn so many away at the door. Really special food really special place. Not cheap but well worth it!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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3 Thank AshleyGlade
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Quality where you least expect it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

This was my 3rd visit and still amazed at the quality and simplicity of a local hole in the wall place in north London. I recently moved around the corner and will definitely make it a regular spot.
Great robata (Japanese grill) skewers, quality fish and fast and efficient service make this place a success.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank ymalkov
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London, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Very traditional Japanese.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

This is a small place with nice atmosphere and very good Japanese food. The only knock I have is that the service can sometimes be bad to horrible. They are reluctant to try to make other items even they have all the ingredients. Not very inventive, but good at what they do. I would go again.

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1 Thank Richard L
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“slow service, mediocre food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

The food is decent - it's a shame that service is slow and the staff rude. I had to wait for a long time to be seated and even longer to make an order. Depending on where you are seated you may either get served immediately or never. Tables are too close together and there is no space to move. The food is average but do not expect authentic Japanese taste. I will not be going back.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Anna M
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