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Kurobuta’s third incarnation is its best yet. The fizzy, impromptu energy from the King’s Road pop-up has survived the move over the road to premises that are twice as big but have lost none of the original’s spirit: indie rock blares from the speakers and laid-back Aussie staff take their lead from chef/owner Scott Hallsworth (ex-Nobu Park Lane), while bold in-your-face flavours swing on a sweet, salty umami-rich pendulum. Dud dishes are rare, favourites many: soft folds of beef tataki dressed with an assertive onion ponzu and scattered with garlic crisps; sweetly flavoured, grease-free baby shrimp tempura for munching like popcorn; almost-melting grilled aubergine bound by a sticky miso sauce; richly fatty BBQ pork belly in a steamed bun dribbled with spicy, buttery peanut soy. The flavours are loud, but they’re also carefully controlled and overlaid with tantalising extras – witness a riotously topped tuna sashimi pizza (more like a crisp flat taco) finished with an unadvertised dollop of wasabi-flavoured flying fish roe. It may feel very SW3 (the Made in Chelsea cast are regulars) and there’s a marked mismatch between the punk aesthetic and the serious prices, but Kurobuta is an instantly recommendable, gilt-edged certainty – and a deserved winner of our BMW award for the Best New Restaurant.
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 2 April 2014

    KOJO London :: Kurobuta : Cool Chelsea Pop-Up

    My first experience at a pop-up; I felt I had definitely earned some foodie points! Apart from my micro-accomplishment, I fell in love with the idea of dining here when I saw some brilliant photos taken by the Londoner. Those pork buns looked glorious and I had to try them!I headed to Kings Road (where I rarely visit) with Ms Tee. I have nothing against Chelsea, it's just that the place is not exactly littered with amazing restaurants which I find quite ironic given its supposed to be a posh area. I finally arrived at the place which took me ages to find due to its extremely inconspicuous presence; there wasn't even...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 2 April 2014

    KOJO London :: Kurobuta : Cool Chelsea Pop-Up

    My first experience at a pop-up; I felt I had definitely earned some foodie points! Apart from my micro-accomplishment, I fell in love with the idea of dining here when I saw some brilliant photos taken by the Londoner. Those pork buns looked glorious and I had to try them!I headed to Kings Road (where I rarely visit) with Ms Tee. I have nothing against Chelsea, it's just that the place is not exactly littered with amazing restaurants which I find quite ironic given its supposed to be a posh area. I finally arrived at the place which took me ages to find due to its extremely inconspicuous presence; there wasn't even...
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  1. Kurobuta, which is the creation of chef and owner Scott Hallsworth, has become so popular that he’s moved his Chelsea outpost down the King’s Road to an even bigger site (he’s turning the old one into Joe’s Oriental Diner).

    We rocked up on a Wednesday evening, having not booked and the place was rammed to the rafters. All they could offer us was to perch on the end of the large communal table in the private dining room which was far from ideal – sometimes a restaurant should just say no. The staff were so busy running around that they’d keep forgetting to come down to our dungeon and serve us (it really did...
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  1. If anyone ever asks me to list my favourite restaurants in London I would probably name Zuma as my top one. However recently this has been knocked off it's spot by Kurobuta. I have been three times in the past three months and each time I am so overwhelmed by the amazing food, I forget to take pictures!

    Kurobuta originally opened as a pop-up in Chelsea in autumn 2013, they then opened a second branch in Marble Arch and at the end of January this year, they moved to a permanent space on the King's road which they are still in the process of expanding. Thank goodness as the small pop up was permanently fully...
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Scott Hallsworth

From small town Western Australia to Nobu Park Lane is a big leap, but chef Scott Hallsworth has more than proved his worth. He spent seven years with Nobu itself, opening its Melbourne branch, before returning to launch the short-lived Wabi in Sussex. Happily, he has found his voice at Kurobuta, the happening Chelsea ‘izakaya’ grown out of a 2013 pop-up. A second branch in Marble Arch and a members-only saké bar Ramusake followed in 2014.

Essential Details for Kurobuta Chelsea

  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Area: Chelsea
  • Price: £50.00
  • Wine: £27.00
  • Champagne: £80.00

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