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Winner of our BMW award for the Best New Restaurant in spring 2015, Kurobuta's third incarnation is its best yet, carrying over the fizzy, impromptu energy of the original pop-up across the road. Indie rock blares from the speakers, the interiors are "stripped down, back to basics", cocktails are seriously good and "knowledgeable" laid-back staff take their lead from the chef/owner, Scott Hallsworth. The food is all about the "utterly delicious" in-your-face flavours, and favourites are many: sweet-tasting shrimp tempura with pickled pumpkin and creamy shiso dressing; Wagyu beef sliders; richly fatty BBQ pork belly in a steamed bun dribbled with spicy, buttery peanut soy; a riotously topped tuna sashimi 'pizza' with truffle ponzu and green chillis. It feels 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 that "rare treat" – an instantly recommendable, gilt-edged certainty.
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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A couple of weeks ago Mr D and I found ourselves with a long and lazy weekend ahead of us... this usually then means a good day of grub followed by a spontaneous pub session with friends. On this particular weekend there happened to be hardly anyone in town so, we meandered as us 30 year old folk do, across the river to the haven that is... Peter Jones and a wander down the Kings Road. Kurobuta has now moved venue since my last visit a year ago (link) and I was somewhat saddened to see the rustic 'pop up' décor has now been replaced with slightly strange, haphazard and to be frank...a little bit odd. But,...
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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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Kurobuta. Black pig in Japanese. A particular breed which I loved to chomp on when I was resident in the Land of the Rising Sun.So I admit to being a bit excited that I would maybe taste a glimpse of sunlight while in dreary London.To enjoy this treat, we journeyed into the depths of deep, dark and scary Chelsea.Kurobuta, we heard was a fantastic Japanese izakaya (pub) serving sharing plates. All in vogue in London it seems. I guess it makes it easier on the kitchen as they don’t have to watch the timing for dishes.
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