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Kirazu’s Yuya Kikuchi must be one of the few London chefs to hold a license to cook fugu (the deadly blowfish), though you won’t find such risky dishes at his sweet Rupert Street izakaya. His short and simple menu of Japanese ‘tapas’ is partly inspired by the soya beans (kirazu) that give the restaurant its name. You can discover them transformed into gently wobbling tofu (perhaps in a salad or soup), and they also contribute to the vinegary miso with surf clams – as well as the soothing broth that accompanies the lunchtime sandwich and bento deals. Ramen specials, sushi and sashimi, plus a neat list of organic wines, fruit sakés and shochu flesh out an attractively priced offer. This homely-but-hip enclave can barely seat two dozen hungry souls at its rough-hewn communal benches.


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  1. Published : Thursday, 15 August 2013

    Agent Restauranteur :: Kirazu – London W1D

    I had discovered an unknown gem! A London secret! An as of yet unheard of, but soon to be talk of the town, little restaurant… or so I thought, until I got home and Googled ‘Kirazu’ and found it had already been discovered by Bitten & Written and Fay Maschler of The Evening Standard earlier last month……gutted. However, my evening could not have been spoiled...
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  1. Published : Friday, 20 September 2013

    Kavey Eats :: Kirazu, London

    I had been looking forward to dinner with friends at Kirazu for weeks.

    This tiny Soho restaurant describes itself as “Japanese Tapas” – a cross-cuisine shorthand (for the small dish menu) that is guaranteed to drive my friend Mr Noodles to near apoplexy. Reviews since its launch in April seemed positive and one of our group had been before, for the ramen, and deemed it good. The handful of dishes shown on their blog looked appealing...
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