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Is this the funkiest dining room in London? The energy is pure Antipodean (very different from Japanese reserve) and the big glazed room rings with the noise of excited diners, “ultra-friendly” waiters, bartenders mixing extravagant cocktails and even live music from time to time. Aussie chef/owner Scott Hallsworth takes his cue from Japan’s rock ‘n’ roll izakayas, where small plates and drinks make the evening go with a swing. Flavours are full-frontal rather than polite, and while the menu offers riffs on familiar sushi, maki and tempura, it also promises snacks, raw dishes, salads, robata grills and Japanese ‘junk food’ – including a subversive take on pizza. Top calls range from beer-grilled beef fillet with wasabi salsa, miso chicken with spicy lemon sauce and the instantly addictive pork belly buns with spicy peanut soy to self-styled ‘significant others’ such as jumbo shrimps with BBQ cabbage, tamari and ginger or sticky miso-grilled aubergine with candied walnuts. The whole show is irresistible, boisterous and huge fun.

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Kurobuta Marble Arch

17-20 Kendal Street ,London W2 2AW

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Modern Japanese

by   platinum reviewer (85)

Jul 2016

Editor's pick I’ve eaten at the Harvey Nicks branch a number of times, although this branch is much closer to where I live, however, it is in a very strange location on the other side of the Edgware Road and in a very residential area, you wouldn’t stumble across it easily. We had a variety of dishes (mostly the same as we do at HN), but tried the miso chicken on the waitresses recommendation as it exclusive to this branch – to be honest, I wasn’t very impressed, it was pretty bland, but the rest of the sushi,...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Dangerous Boozy Brunch!

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Jun 2016

Editor's pick I dined here with a friend for their popular £35 bottomless brunch - I'd seen a lot of retweets about it and it looked fun....it didn't disappoint on the fun aspect! To call a spade a spade, t's a nice buffet. The restaurant was busy but we didn't find ourselves awkwardly q'ing, we just drank some more booze until it was quiet enough to go up and help ourselves! The wine wasn't great - but it did get us good and drunk at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon! The 'buffet'...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 6

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17-20 Kendal Street ,London W2 2AW

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Korobuta Marble Arch

by   bronze reviewer (9)

Nov 2014

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Scrummy food, charming service but for us very slow on bringing the snack choice of chargrilled endgame beans ordered while we pondered over the rest of the menu, we ordered perhaps ten or fifteen minutes later and finally the beans arrived three or four minutes before the first dish of our order - not great timing and the place was far from full - however I think this was just bad luck and not a sign of permanently bad service. So small(ish) plates of modern Japanese cuisine is how I would describe...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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On-trend, if not for all

by   platinum reviewer (215)

Sep 2014

It seems that if you want to attempt to ensure success in opening a London restaurant then there is a fairly simple formula to follow: you hire a chef formerly at a prestigious restaurant (in this case, Nobu); you offer pan-Asian fusion food; you make all the dishes obligatory for sharing; and you staff the place with trendy and good-looking people. Kurobuta does all these things and while we loved the food, the atmosphere left a little more to be desired. On the negative side, the tables are spaced...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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by   platinum reviewer (51)

Jul 2014

Kurobuta Marble arch is only a hop, skip and 10 minute walk from the bottom end of oxford street, so ideally placed post shopping. Although it is nestled in a slightly less glamorous residential street in Marble Arch. As a big fan of Nobu and Roka, the new chef here (ex Nobu) was beckoning to me to sample his wares. The restaurant itself is loud, trendy and pumping with well heeled young locals, like a casual version of Hakkasan Mayfair. There are lots of sharing tables and benches and bar seats,...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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by   bronze reviewer (6)

May 2014

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I was never overly enthusiastic about visiting Kurobuta or Kurobota or Kurabuta or whatever its called. People keep telling me about all these new restaurants which are “amazing”, “unbelievable”, “awesome”, or any other superlative which enters their mind. The reality is that dining out has never been so fashionable, and a lot of people have the misplaced belief that they are an authority to talk on food. If you're not Michel Roux, dont talk to me about the texture of the food. Don't tell me that...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 5

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    S.W. Foodie :: Kurobuta Marble Arch | S.W.Foodies: Kurobuta Marble Arch

    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.


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    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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    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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    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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    Mondo Mulia :: Mondomulia Kurobuta London

    Kurobuta is a contemporary Japanese bar & grill founded in 2013 by Australian Chef Scott Hallsworth (ex Head Chef at Nobu). The all-day menu of tapas-style dishes is inspired by the Izakayas of Japan and by Scott’s passion for pushing gastronomic boundaries and giving Japanese classics a contemporary, sometimes Western, twist.
    &I want to rave about the food, because that combination of sugar and salt and umami and smoke – punched through with Korean high notes of kimchi (chilli-fermented cabbage) and their famous garlicky chilli sauce the colour of fresh arterial blood – is insanely delicious. It’s compelling....
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    I imagine that Kurobuta, which sits on a quiet, residential road teeming with expensive-looking dogs, has two general managers. One subscribes to Apartment Therapy and plays sommelier at friends’ dinner parties; the other is an ex-car salesman with an obnoxious sense of humour.
    The former – we’ll call him Jonathan – takes credit for the beautiful, Izakaya-inspired decor. The latter – his name can be Gazza – is responsible for the cheaply printed menus and the posters in the window advertising a weekday deal known as – brace yourself – ‘Tight Ass Tuesday’. I die.
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    I’ve wanted to go to Kurobuta ever since salivating over tea smoked lamb chops on Celebrity Masterchef earlier this year. When I want to eat something I go hunting so I convinced my boyfriend and a couple of friends to join us for dinner at the Marble Arch branch of the trendy Japan-punkesque diner.
    Kurobuta very much follows the tapas style sharing is caring trend which seems to be fairly popular at the moment.
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    The Critics Guide :: Kurobuta Marble Arch London

    Kurobuta is located in Marble Arch, and provides an interesting dining experience. It’s the sister property of the well-renowned Kurobuta pop up restaurant on Kings Road, Chelsea.
    Kurobuta serves exquisitely delicious Japanese cuisine. With emphasis on presentation, it’s a joy ordering anything from the menu. Seeing it being prepared and served up is like a work of art, it’s an experience to see in person.
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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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