Kurobuta (Kings Road)

http://www.kurobuta-london.com/

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Kurobuta on the Kings Road is a pop-up version of the soon to come full restaurant on Kendal Street in Connaught Village, although it is rumoured to be extending its residency to stay permanently.  Kurobuta is modelled on izakayas (Japanese pubs) so the atmosphere is causal with emphases on the drinks as well as food.  The pace was rammed so we were taken to stand by the bar until our table opened up.  There is a good selection of house cocktails and they served draft beer with the option of an ice smoothie head to keep it cold.

Beer with a frozen top

Beer with a frozen top

The menu is based on plates to share and there is a good selection of food separated in different groups there were also a few specials on the board but all but one of these was sold out by the time we sat down at 9. We had the seven dishes below:

Grains and Greens Salad with Honey-Soy-Ginger Dressing (£6.5)

Salmon Gravadlax and Avocado Tartare with Dill Mayo, Rice Crunchies and Fresh Yuzu Zest (£11)

Yellowtail Sashimi with Kizami Wasabi Salsa and Yuzu-Soy (£13)

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Free Range Chicken Kushi-Yaki with Japanese BBQ Sauce (£8.5)

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Wagyu Beef Sliders; Brioche Bun, Crunchy Onions, Pickled Cucumber and Umami Mayo (£19)

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Squid Kara-Age with Jalapeno Dipping Sauce (£8)

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Kombu Roasted Chilean Seabass with Spicy Shiso Ponzu (£18)

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The yellowtail, sliders and ‘sea bass’ were the highlights here, although everything was at least average. The service was very friendly but also very forgetful thus getting more drinks etc. is difficult.  Also if you are seated in the front, near the window, beware of the chill that will appear when the door opens, which is frequently.  Decent but would not be in a massive hurry to come again.

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