In advance of the launch of the Connaught Village mothership, insanely talented chef Scott Hallsworth (Wabi London and former head chef of Nobu Melbourne) has just opened a pop-up version of his imminent Kurobuta, in Chelsea’s King’s Road.
A little entrée for his fans, The Izakaya (that’s a traditional Japanese pub) is named after the Japanese term for the Black Berkshire pig – the conceit being that it’s about uber high end food at non-silly prices and a laid back vibe.
Kurobuta is open all day starting with east-meets-west breakfasts of Japanese pastries – think yuzzoo tarts and kabocha bread – and Monmouth coffee; while snacks range from Flamed Edamame with sake, lemon butter and Maldon salt to Sweet potato and soba-ko fries.
The menu mainstay is divided into sections: Raw, Robata BBQ, Something Crunchy, Significant Others and Sushi and dishes respectively include Yellowtail sashimi with kizami wasabi salsa and yuzu-soy, Black cod miso-yaki, Baby shrimp tempura with spicy mayo and warm ponzu dipping sauces, Warm salmon with yuzu-truffle lemon sauce and Salmon gravadlax maki with dill mayo.
Also from the robata is Hallsworth’s signature dish of BBQ pork belly in steamed buns – perfect for a speedy snack – and you can take away freshly prepared 5-minute bento boxes, or, come to that, anything else you fancy from the menu.
Drink Japanese style cocktails such as the Bonzai Kitten – sake, vodka, calpis and lime juice, a choice of six distinctive sakes from Dancing Geisha to Misty Mountain or Kirin Frozen Head beer (ice-chilled and topped with a frozen head of foam. The Handbook visited at the weekend and we were blown away so we’ll post a review very soon. Spoiler alert… we were extremely impressed.
Until end December 2013