Kurobuta is my new favourite restaurant. I’ve been there five times in the last couple of months, and just can’t get enough of the place. I could eat there everyday and I would be a very happy bunny.
A very poor bunny, but a seriously well fed one. It started life as a seriously cool Pop-up on the King’s Road, but the moment people tasted the food it meant that Kurobuta was here to stay. They are opening a permanent restaurant in Marble Arch very soon, but in the mean time find them here.
Kurobuta is the creation of ex-Nobu head-chef Scott Hallsworth and he really knows what he’s doing. A sort of fusion of Japanese and Asian flavours, the food is mouth wateringly incredible. It definitely doesn’t come cheap, but for food this delicious you can forgive them. All the dishes are for sharing, which is just the best way of eating, so there’s no food jealously possible!
Me and my friend Sophie popped along for a celebratory lunch and started with the Salmon and Avocado Tartare with Dill Mayo and Rice Crunchies. Seriously creamy and utterly delicious. The rice crunchies are amazing!
Followed by the Jerusalem Artichoke Chopsticks with Truffle Ponzu Dip. These are sort of like a slender spring roll – basically a supermodel equivalent to a mere mortal. Amazing. The dip was super tangy and was so good we hung on to it long after we’d gobbled the chopsticks.
The soft shell crab tempura maki with kimchee mayo was some of the best maki I’ve ever had. Soft shell crab is seriously hard to beat, in my book and this was just to die for!
This sticky miso grilled aubergine with sesame seeds is some of the yummiest aubergine I’ve ever eaten and made Sophie exclaim that we have to start cooking with Miso!
To cap it all off we had the BBQ Pork belly buns with spicy peanut soy sauce. The pork belly literally melts in your mouth and with the salty crunch of the peanuts, your mouth feels like its died and gone to heaven.
Writing this post is making me so hungry! I’m going to have to go again really soon, I’m already having withdrawal symptoms!
We didn’t have it this time, so I couldn’t take a photo for you, but if you go – order the Takikomi Gohan, rice hot pot with mushrooms and wasabi tobiko. It’s quite possibly one of the yummiest things you will ever taste! It’s sort of like a Japanese version of a risotto, but with miso running through it and crunchy wasabi on the top. It’s out of this world. You are welcome.