Kurobuta, SW3

The Halal: Scott Hallsworth’s edgy Japanese pop-up on the King’s road is just what the doctor ordered. And what do you know.. they can pre-order almost anything on their menu to be halal given 48 hours notice (and they’re super nice about arranging it too!) Pork and alcohol are served here.

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The Place: The entrance is discrete given the pop-up nature of the place. Look for 251 King’s Road. Decor is shabby chic with a rock vibe. The ambience was great with a range of customers: first dates, family dinners, girlfriends catching up.. anything goes at Kurobuta.

The Food: They recommend ordering between 5-6 dishes to share between two people which I thought was perfect. The yellow fin sashimi had great zing from the soy, vingear and chilli. The pumpkin tempura was sweet with a perfectly crisp and light batter and a tangy dipping sauce.

Yellowtail Sashimi       Pumpkin Tempura with Pickled Pumpkin and Creamy Spicy Shiso Dressing

We ordered the Chilean seabass which was cooked nicely on the inside, though I prefer my skin much more crisp. However, if you’ve tried the equivalent at Nobu you will be slightly disappointed in taste (though given the difference in price I certainly wasn’t!).

Kombu Roasted Chilean Seabass with Spicy Shiso Ponzu Kombu Roasted Chilean Seabass with Spicy Shiso Ponzu

 

 

 

 

 

Grains and greens salad was a light and refreshing accompaniment but if you’re not a fan of ginger- avoid at all costs! Our barbeque miso chicken was slightly overcooked but tasted sweet and sticky. Overall, the larger plates didn’t deliver the same excitement for us as the starters had.

Miso Grilled Baby Chicken with Spicy Lemon Garlic SauceMake sure you leave space for dessert. We were certainly glad we did. After the lull of the main courses, the momentum picked up with pudding. We were enchanted by the pistachio cake which was moist and not too sweet. Combined with rich dark chocolate, salty peanuts and sharp berries, the combination was a triumph. The mochi ice cream wrapped in rice paper had an unusual texture but looked and tasted really great. A spoon of ice cream and a mouthful of the pistachio cake really set the tastebuds alight!

                 Pistachio cake with dark chocolate and peanuts Dessert board

The Price: £40-50 per person.

The Verdict: Kurobuta Two very happy customers. We will be coming back soon to try the sweet potato fries, tea-smoked lamb and sticky miso aubergine.

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