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76-77 Watling Street
The main attraction at Kurumaya is keenly priced sushi, so pitch up at the ground-floor bar for a quick fix from the short kaiten menu or venture down to the basement dining room – a compact,
unadorned space offering the choice of traditional tatami (shoes off) or more conventional western seating. A broad range of raw fish ranges from top nigiri (toro tuna, sea urchin, tako octopus) to
sashimi and temaki hand rolls: opt for a chef’s selection if indecision gets the better of you. Hot dishes run from deliciously light tempura, teppanyaki and robata grills with teriyaki sauce to
donburi rice bowls – perhaps thinly sliced beef or succulent eel with a potent umami kick. Beers include Asahi, Kirin and Sapporo; otherwise, saké, umeshu (plum wine) and shochu are additions to
the short wine list. Pleasant service runs at a stately pace.
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76-77 Watling Street
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Rate & Review
Food + drink: 4
Came here with friends for dinner on a Monday. Restaurant wasn't too crowded, wait staff were attentive and the food/wine were excellent.
I regularly pop in to Kurumaya during my lunch break due to my fondness of the sushi and sashimi there. I've always found the fish fresh, the sushi well made and dishes well presented.
My only gripe would be the queues at times to get served but I can't really moan at the fact they are busy!
Food + drink: 3
The craze for converybelt sushi has generally lead to overcook, cold rice and average at best sushi and sushimi. Kurumaya's converybelt is always packed with fresh, well prepared food; the uni is lovely, the soft shell crab hand roll a staple and there is always a dish that is not your usual “salmon and tuna”. In fact, unlike so many places, I cannot think of a bad mouthful I've ever had here, and I go a lot. Add to this the exemplary service, and it is a place that it is difficult to find fault with.
OK, it is not inventive, it is not going to win Michelin (or even Squaremeal) stars and it is not the cheapest of lunchtime options in the City (a place not known for its cheapness), but it is the best overall Japanese in the City and, like the previous reviewer, Kurumaya has become my canteen.
I'd add too, that I think recently standards have dropped a little. Nothing too serious, but I've started to think that the fish at Ribon, which has clearly upped it's game recently, is fresher, and overall is a better place for lunch.
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