Japanese like no other @ Kurobuta

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Japanese junk food did you say? Well I thought you would never ask. You can find it all here and so many more fascinating creations at this jazzy spot called Kurobuta. Located in a basement on the trendy Kings Road, Chelsea and the other in Marble Arch, which is where I happened to dine at. The master behind all of this is restaurateur and chef, Scott Hallsworth. He’s also Australian, which I only found out while reading the menu. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie…!!!

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Anyway getting back to the more important details. The food. If you don’t already know, Japanese cuisine is an absolute favourite of mine and has been for many years (10 to be precise). Ever since I discovered Sushi I have been addicted and im still yet to visit the country, which im hoping will happen one of these days.

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While browsing the menu I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the assortment of wicked dishes Scott has created. Slightly veering away from the traditional Japanese I am used to tasting,  I was ready to tuck into… well… all of it. Thats if I could decide what to have. The selection is certainly a up there in this restaurant. Maybe too much? No never. It just means you need to eat more right?

 

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Ranging from snacks, BBQ, raw, junk food, sushi and something about significant others. Loving it. Starting with sweet potato fries which I am an absolute sucker for (aren’t we all?) I moved straight onto the Tuna Sashimi Pizza. Now my friends this is no ordinary Pizza let me tell you. Topped with truffle ponzu, red onions and chillies, this is quite something. The taste, oh my ridiculously amazing. Tick √

 

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Heading over to the ‘something crunchy’ items. I saw the Pumpkin Tempura with Pickled Pumpkin and Creamy Spicy Shiso Dressing.  Pumpkin is very much a favourite of mine and something that the UK really lacks of. What is it about the butternut squash that is so good? I would be interested to find out why this is so. Verdict of this dish – FANTASTIC, the dressing was superb. Pumpkin 1 Butternut Squash 0 

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My last dish had to be the Nasu Dengaku. Or, sticky miso grilled aubergine with candied walnuts.  I think I may have saved the best for last. Or wait was that the dessert ekk! Aubergine (or Eggplant to the Aussies out there) has not always been something I have favoured eating but after this my opinion has completed changed. Bursting with flavours, I could tell the girls were slightly envious when they could see how much I was enjoying it. 

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Dessert time.  As per normal im feeling incredible full and content but as always I like to push the body’s limits to the maximum. I couldn’t possibly eat it all on my own so my flatmate offered to share with me. There you go, problem solved. All of the desserts looked very eye-catching but the one that stood out the most was the pistachio parffect and donut. When I saw it put in front of me I wasn’t too fussed but as they say never judge a book by its cover. Can I just say that this has to be one of the most decadent desserts I have ever tried. This a big call I know. The parfait which resembled the look of cheese was creamy and went so well with the sugary coated donut. Mixed with a ‘to die for’ peanut caramel sauce you could say that I was getting three for the price of one here. This is the point where I say don’t disturb me for at least the next five minutes. Did someone say heaven!? 

 

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In a nutshell all I can say is well done. This place is an absolute must to check out. A casual yet vibrant atmosphere, surrounded by dangling lights and wooden decor, its uber trendy setting gives you that hipster ‘East London’ feel. Our waiter was beyond brilliant with a good sense of humour. The price is a little on the expensive side BUT well worth it for what you get. Presentation of the dishes was also something I paid close attention to. Its little things like this which make a restaurant stand out from others.

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Four & a half out of five from me! ****

 

 

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