Snacks started off fun. These Jerusalem artichoke chopsticks (£7) were moreish. The truffle ponzu dip was interesting but I prefer chomping on these deep fried munchies without.
tuna, salmon, hamachi, and a fish tartare of some sort (I forgot
which type #badblogger). This was a universe far from Oka, much better than Dozo, just as good as Chotto Matte, but still far from Roka and moreso, Dinings (which I shall be blogging about soon).
The Wagyu beef sliders (£19 for two) were delicious but I found them smaller than the average slider. The patty was nicely cooked and the crunchy onion ring brought delight to the bite but it was the umami mayo that pieced the whole thing together. I don’t even like mayo, but this was the bomb.
notch. The pork belly was a generous chunk, perfectly tender and juicy. The
spicy peanut soy sauce added a much needed crunch and complemented the pork
flavour. The actual hirata buns weren’t overly soft but pillowy enough to soak
on hoba leaf (£9.75). I love Japanese mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, shimeji) although
I felt the gorgonzola and miso came a bit too strong - even for a cheese lover
like me - that it masked the natural
earthiness of the mushrooms. The pine nuts were yum, though.
As for dessert, a slight confusion came up when the server said they had banana pancakes. I had to ask again to be sure and he said “Oh yes, I’d go for the pancakes.” Why not. So when I was faced with a banana cream pie (£8) I was a bit puzzled. “These aren’t pancakes,” I said. “Yes, it’s a banana cream pie!” Right. I was slightly annoyed but my mood was lifted after the first bite. The filo pastry was thin and crispy making way for the rum bananas to be absolutely yummy. A good’un, this pie-cake.
Overall, I see Kurobuta’s appeal but I find it a bit more of a fun joint than a foodie heaven. Everything about it is twisted (the good kind) and trendy, funky and rocked up. It’s not the best Japanese in town, but it’s a good option to hang and dine with friends before hitting the town for a night out.
312 King’s Rd, London SW3
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I loved it when I popped in on the Japanese food tour - it's certainly a very fun restaurant!
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Oh, I wish I'd gone to that Japanese food tour! #nexttime
I love Kurobuta, I agree it's not exactly fine dining and doesn't match up to Roka but the food is good and it's a overall experience.
Lots of love,
Yes - and sometimes the experience and vibe makes up for that! x
Ah, I've been wanting to visit. It does sound like a fun place to eat, but I'll probably save up for Roka instead based on your review. 😀
I enjoyed Kurobuta but yes, Roka is definitely a must! x
This looks delicious. Going on the wishlist! x
I hope you do get to try it soon! =) x
I really didn't enjoy Kurobuta when I visited (wildly overpriced for sub-par food) but that was a while ago. The steamed pork belly buns do look good but I'm not sold on anything else :/ Glad you enjoyed though and OMG hurry up with post on Dinings!!! 😀 Lots of love, Andrea xxx
That's a shame! Agree with the pricing although I think you pay for the experience rather than the food itself. The pork buns were the best from the meal, actually.
Dinings was amazeballs - can't wait to write it! Haha!
Woohoo, congrats on the nom H!! You certainly deserve it, far too humble 😉 I remember Grace Dent raving about Kurobuta and the menu certainly does look pretty creative - artichoke chopsticks, hello! The sashimi looks lovely and colourful and the mushrooms on the leaf sound tempting. And bahaha at the pancake/pie mix-up!! At least the pudding ended up being tasty 🙂 xx
I'm really surprised at how much Grace Dent loved it. Food was not bad at all but it was the vibe that made it better. Yeah the pan-pie/pie-cake was v confusing but I suppose anything with bananas and cream… #thumbsup
Tamsin, you're far too kind. =P