20 April 2014


17-20 Kendal Street, London W2 2AW

Japanese Paddington, Bayswater
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  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 9am-11pm

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A new venture from one-time Nobu chef Scott Hallsworth, Kurobuta aims to bring the Japanese izakaya tradition to Connaught Village with its all-day food and drink, casual vibes and socialising opportunities. Light installations, canvases depicting Tokyo street life, a hand-made slate bar and an open theatre kitchen should create the right mood for a menu that kicks off with breakfast, pastries and teas before moving into top gear. Diners will be encouraged to graze and share from a line-up that might offer, say, warm salmon with yuzu truffle miso and puffed rice, sweetcorn kariage with sweet-and-sour ponzu sauce or beef tataki with onion and garlic crisps. Bento boxes will also feature, while the drinks list is likely to include playful fruity infusions and cocktails such as ‘hobo’ (a saké-based aperitif drunk from a glass covered with a paper bag).

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  1. A couple of weeks ago Mr Silver and I visited Sticks 'n Sushi which ticks the boxes in terms of value for money, quality and fun factor. You can read about our experience here. When I read about Kurobuta on The Londoner's blog, it seemed like we'd found another candidate in our search for an everyday Japanese eatery. A pop-up restaurant, located at 251 King's Road, I warned Mr Silver it would be more shabby-chic than sexy, sleek. The interior was rustic, wooden and welcoming with a huge open kitchen at the back. The open kitchen now seems common at most restaurants I visit and I love the feeling of bringing the cookery into the dining room...
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  2. Published : Thursday, 13th March 2014

    Agent Restauranteur :: Kurobuta – London SW3

    I promise, one of these days I will tell you about a restaurant that does your usual a la carte. I realise small plates isn’t everyone’s thing, but if you’re tempted to venture into small plates territory, do it in style, Kurobuta style. It’s a Japanese pop up, that looks nothing like a Japanese restaurant. Currently found on the King’s Road, though soon relocating to Marylebone, it’s bare and shabby chic setting is not exactly what you’d expect from an ex Nobu chef. But the charm, intimacy and bustle doesn’t feel awkward or temporary. It simply serves to enhance the entire evening...
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  3. Published : Tuesday, 4th March 2014

    S.W. Foodie :: Kurobuta - Chelsea

    Kurobuta… Finally! Chelsea has a trendy little restaurant that seems more perfectly placed in the likes of Brixton Village or over in Shoreditch, than in the ‘quieter’ section of the King’s Rd. The issue with this is that it was near impossible to get into… until Kurobuta added another 6months onto their ‘pop up’ time frame. This makes me slightly excited that they may be staying. It’s a cute little place, mish-mashed tables and open bulbs hanging from the ceiling therefore oozing exactly what every pop up seems to do – Minimal on a budget. What they have done here which isn’t ideal is cram as many tables in as they possibly can, so, be prepared to potentially wear someone else’s cocktail or possibly feel more involved in your neighbour's conversation than your own throughout your meal...
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  4. Scott Hallsworth, former head chef at Nobu, has introduced Kurobuta, a Japanese pop-up. The second of his already famous King’s Road site, the Marble Arch venue will be ‘a bigger space, bigger bar, slightly different menu, more cocktails and a bit shinier.’
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