Kurobuta offers exciting sushi on the Kings Road
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Japanese
Address : 251 King's Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5EL, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.kurobuta-london.com
Opening Times : Tue-Sun 12pm-10.30pm
Closest Tube : Marble Arch
Kurobuta is a bit of a freak in its King‘s Road setting, which we mean in the best possible way. Not since the days of Jimi Hendrix has Chelsea been synonymous with rock ‘n roll, but Kurobuta has given the Royal Borough a potent shot in the arm, and a local alternative to W1 Japanese joints. Launched by ex-Nobu chef Scott Hallsworth as a preview pop-up ahead of an izakaya (that‘s Japanese for pub) on Marble Arch, this spot has been so successful that they‘re negotiating making it a permanent opening. It‘s an intimate setting split over two floors, with an open kitchen that spills out into the dining room (a sushi chef perched on a stool behind us rolling maki) and infuses the whole place with a buzzy dynamism. Otherwise there‘s a bar with a cool Kirin frozen head machine twirling atop it and bare, wallpapered walls with the occasional Japanese knick-knack or artefact. Mr Hallsworth spent some time cooking in Dallas, and fun-loving influence is easily apparent in his Japanese gastronomy. Crunchy rice senbei crisps with an avocado/jalapeno dip played out like a Nipponese reimagining of tortilla chips and guacamole. Actually, all of the dips were amongst the best we‘ve in London over the past few years. Jerusalem artichoke ‘chopsticks‘ were wrapped in a filo pastry and deep fried, then served with a nearly orgasmic truffle ponzu dip. A tuna sashimi ‘pizza‘ featured the raw fish atop a crispy tortilla cut into isosceles shards with some more of that truffle ponzu, red onions and green chillies. Wagyu beef sliders were served on a Japanese style ‘brioche‘ bun, with a big crunchy onion ring, pickled cucumbers and umami mayo. Even the sushi was a bit naughty, with a spicy tuna maki rolled in tempura crunchies. Truth be told, by the time that dessert came around we were a bit too full to enjoy it, but it looked delicious on others‘ plates. Kurobuta is just what King‘s Road needed, and we‘re definitely excited for its forthcoming opening on Marble Arch.