Review on Akari

Formerly an Islington boozer, Akari is north London's answer to a genuine Japanese 'izakaya'. There are reminders of the past in the big windows, high ceilings and long bar, but the Japanese influence comes into play with floral arrangements, old posters advertising Asahi and Kirin beer, and shelves of sak bottles. It's cool, authentic, chatty and immensely likeable.

The kitchen focuses on char-grilled skewers of yakitori, assorted gyoza dumplings, tempura and bowls of udon noodles, along with specials including stewed belly of pork, tuna tataki and salmon sashimi. In addition to beer, there are saks aplenty, umeshu (plum wine) and a short list of mostly French and Spanish tipples. Note that Akari is open right through the day if you simply want to drink and chat.

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Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 11.00pm Sat (12.00 - 10.30pm Sun)
Dinner: 5.00 11.00pm Tue-Fri

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Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at Akari

  • Vegetarian menu
  • Family Friendly


196 Essex Road
North London
N1 8LZ

Nearest tube station: Highbury & Islington

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Akari Christmas Menu

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