Top quality Japanese cuisine in the nightclub
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Japanese
Address : 2A Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 4PT, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : http://mahikikensington.com/restaurant
Opening Times : Tue: 4pm- 12am, Wed - Fri: 4pm - 3am, Sat: 4pm - 12am, Sun & Mon closed
Closest Tube : High Street Kensington
London can be a grey place at times, which is likely why we have such colourful clubs and restaurants. And, in the case of Pufferfish by Mahiki Kensington, a blend of both. Located in the former abode of Bodo‘s Schloss, the space has been outfitted to bring across the tropical vibes of a Polynesian paradise, with food, décor and music to match. On a Thursday evening, the place was bumping with classic tracks from the 80s and 90s which eventually segued into a throbbing set of deep house. We were struck by the rest of the clientele, an international bunch which seemed to have deep pockets and an even deeper penchant for debauchery.
Cocktails are obligatory for those who want to fully experience the restaurant. Serendipitously, they‘re also quite delicious. A very convivial team made sure we were well taken care of, plying us with complimentary shots of coconut and passionfruit which cleaned the palate and prepped us for a party. Otherwise, Pacific-inspired libations arrive in vessels that can only be described as talking points - crafted from wicker, coconuts or ceramics to resemble the statues of Rapa Nui as well as other Polynesian deities. A Zombie was particularly potent.
Our meal kicked off with spicy yellowfin tuna maki, tuna tartare and tempura shrimp. The maki rolls were to the point and rather punchy, spiked with a particularly piquant sauce that put some fire in our throats. Tuna tartare was skilfully done - flavoured with a nutty sesame sauce - while the tempura batter had just the right texture, rustling like velvet opera gloves. Pan-fried Chilean seabass is one of Mahiki‘s signature dishes and had a similar spiciness to the sushi rolls. However, our favourite dish was likely the twenty-four hour kimchee marinated grilled lamb chops - which were unbelievably fresh and tender.
We wrapped our meal up with an array of sorbets made with fresh raspberries, passionfruit and lemon that did an effective job of cleaning and stimulating the palate. However, our hearts were won over by the Mahiki Beach. The sand was crafted from crumbled nuts, with chocolate stones and seashells and a coconut ice cream sunbather resting under a little parasol. At the end of the meal, we were not only thoroughly satiated but surprised at the high quality of the cooking. It‘s the perfect place for anyone who likes a party and enjoys Japanese-influenced fare.