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17-20 Kendal Street
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. Kurobuta takes its 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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17-20 Kendal Street
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Food + drink: 4
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, pork belly buns with spicy peanut sauce (I can’t get enough of these), shrimp tempura, dragon rolls etc were well executed and delicious.
We were there on a Saturday night and the music was loud and the diners a mix of tourists, groups, families and couples of all ages.
Good cocktails and small but good wine list.
I like Kurobuta a lot, but I think I prefer the one at Harvey Nicks.
Food + drink: 3
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' is laid out quite messily, lots of handwritten notes stuck around telling you what's what....I understand that this is all part of the image but my organised brain wished it could have been a bit clearer which dish was which!
My friend and I love Sushi and we loved what was on offer, and had a really good day BUT we did decide we probably wouldn't go back mainly due to 1 reason.....the portions were very small, you are able to pile your plate high...but then we found we were eating the same little things over and over again.....so after a while, although we weren't super full, we were a little bored of eating the same thing. Of course maki rolls / California rolls are generally one size, but the sashimi pizza could have been bigger or there could have been a couple more substantial items on offer to fill you up with the booze.
The food was lovely, lots of options for the build your own Ramen, the sushi rolls were lovely and the staff ultra friendly.
I think if I was in a larger group, I may not have noticed but just being two of us we did notice.
They had a live guitarist on the day who was brilliant, great music and overall the place had a really lively atmosphere with the larger groups having lots of fun, which in turn was infectious to us!
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 it, an informal dining room and a couple of outside tables in London W 2. Well worth a visit.
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