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New World chefs have a knack of turning serious Japanese cuisine into crowd-pulling rock and roll – and Aussie Scott Hallsworth has made this upbeat newcomer one of the hottest places in town. Kurobuta is “loud, trendy and pumping with well-heeled young locals”. We find the food totally addictive, bursting with punchy flavours and eye-catching presentation. The menu contains cheeky sections such as ‘Japanese Junk Food’ and ‘Significant Others’, but the cooking is consistently fabulous. Swoon over soft-shell crab tempura or sticky miso-grilled aubergine with candied walnuts. A huge hoba leaf holds grilled mushrooms with Gorgonzola, miso and pine nuts, and roast scallop with yuzu truffle egg sauce. Avoid Wagyu beef sliders if you’re impecunious, but sushi, maki, rice and veggie dishes are well-priced and flavoursome. Vast windows make the restaurant – with its open kitchen and bare wooden tables – cheerful by day; dangling light bulbs give a golden glow at night.

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  1. So one of my girls has gone and got a rather beautiful sparkler on her finger (and a new job!). Already having a larger get together to celebrate with the men in our lives, last night called for a girlie catch up and a good try on look at that sparkler.

    Kurobuta has opened another fantastic restaurant in what I could call Connaught Village but it is often described as Marble Arch. Take a short walk past Mr Blair's house and you'll find it nestled in the quaint little village-y area which is a stones throw from Marble Arch itself.


    The interior is super sleek and effortless. Much bigger than...
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  1. Do you remember the late 80s? In Tokyo? No? It's pretty vague for me too, but if you take my hand and come with me to Kurobuta in Marble Arch, you'll time warp to find Aussie chef Scott Hallsworth recreating the excesses of the rampant consumerism of the bubble economy in the ludicrous ambitious pricing of his Japanese-ish restaurant. You'll find pricing as lofty as those Tokyo apartments (pre crash obvs) and nouvelle-ish portion sizing presented by fresh-from-Sydney staff. The space is pretty relaxed with a mash up of Aussie culture in the music (early 90s indie-punk Ratcat?) and the posters (umm, Warwick Capper,...
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  1. Having dined at the Kings Road pop-up last year and very much enjoyed it, I naturally wanted to give the new Connaught Village (Marble Arch) branch of Kurobuta a try, especially with it being just 5 mins away from home.

    There’s not much to remark on the restaurant’s exterior – messages are scrawled in marker pen on the windows which is pretty unsightly to be perfectly honest. Inside, the space is large and has a relaxed and informal vibe, albeit with a slightly cold look. Expect rustic wooden tables, grey walls and plenty of exposed bulb lighting, a common theme apparently for most ‘trendy’ restaurants...
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  1. Most Londoners already know the Kurobuta backstory- opened by Aussie Scott Hallsworth of Nobu fame, it started life as a pop up, was successful enough to find a permanent home in Chelsea where it clearly excelled because a Marble Arch branch then followed. Being fairly new to town, it only caught my attention at Taste of London Winter where we had those killer lamb chops. It was whilst still licking my fingers that I made a mental note to try this place out...
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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.

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