After a week of studying, I took a break on Saturday to celebrate the bff’s birthday. Originally the plan was to go out and dance the night away, but then age got the better of us and we decided to go on a mission to find some yummy food instead.
A decision was made and a table was booked at Kurobuta’s Marble Arch (Edgware Road) branch. It had been raining for most of the day so I drove down and parking was relatively easy to locate.
Our table was booked for 9.30 and when we arrived, it was pretty busy so we got a few drinks by the bar before taking a seat at our table.
Upon sitting down I was swiftly passed a menu and told to order. So I did what I wouldn’t usually do and asked for a few suggestions as many of my fellow diners had been before. Between four of us we ordered for the entire table, slightly disappointed that three items we wanted were sold out!
First to arrive were the Tuna Sashimi Pizza with Truffle Ponzu, Red Onions and Green Chillies.
The Pizza base was akin to a taquito pastry and so nice and cripy, whilst the flavours were fresh and seemed to work really well together.
Next to arrive was the Yellowtail Sashimi with Kizami Wasabi Salsa and Yuzu-Soy.
Yellowtail is always a good bet when you see it on a menu and this version didn’t let me down. Each piece was a generous size and the sauce was really delicious.
The Flamed Edamame with Sake, Lemon, Butter and Maldon Salt arrived next, swiftly followed by the Sweet Potato and Soba-Ko Fries with Sauces and the Miso Grilled Baby Chicken with Spicy Lemon Garlic Sauce.
The edamame was really delicious, the flavours were subtle whilst the lemon lifted the whose dish.
The sweet potato fries were a little too thin for my liking and not quite as crispy as I’d like. Also because they were so thin, they lacked the fluffiness inside that makes sweet potato fries that little bit special for me.
The chicken was good however I would have liked a slightly stronger miso flavour, it was however cooked to perfection, so I shouldn’t really complain!
We were toying with between two prawn dishes and in the end went with the waitresses recommendation of Baby Shrimp Tempura with Kimchee & Kimchee.
Again really good, not greasy and served on seriously addictive fried rice noodles. Similar to a the Nobu rock-shrimp but with kimchee rather than wasabi.
And then it was Sushi time! As one of the girls on the table is deprived of Sushi dinner due to her other half disliking raw fish, we gave her full reign over the few choices on the menu.
She went with the Soft Shell Crab Tempura Maki with Kimchee Mayo and the Salmon Gravadlax and Avocado Maki with Dill Mayo.
The Soft Shell Crab Tempura Maki with Kimchee Mayo was as good as any soft shell crab maki. The kimchee mayo simply added a little extra flavour, but nothing that would have been missed.
As for the Salmon Gravadlax and Avocado Maki with Dill Mayo was basically just a salmon and avocado roll, the dill mayo made no difference whatsoever and had I not been told it was there, I wouldn’t have realised. That aside, both were well executed.
The Wagyu Beef Sliders arrived next and I have to admit, this were possibly my favourite dish, I kinda wish we’d ordered more!
The burgers were served within a steamed bun and topped with crunchy onions, pickled cucumber and umami mayo and they really were to die for. The seriously well seasoned burger, really soft bun and the veggies added to the depth of flavour, I’d go back for these alone!
The Miso Grilled Hot Wings which arrived shortly after the sliders were messy (as would be expected) but really good.
These did however taste exactly like the korean red bean paste with no miso in sight! Now sure what went on there!
To end the meal, our two veggie dishes arrived. First up the Nasu Dengaku; Sticky Miso Grilled Aubergine with Candied Walnuts. As always this didn’t let me down but don’t remember trying the candied walnuts. On the topic of *miso grilled aubergine I found a fantastic recipe which I’ll share below.
And last but not least the Japanese Mushrooms Grilled on Hoba Leaf with Gorgonzola, Miso and Pinenuts. Although I don’t remember the pine nuts, these did benefit from a fresh, lemony flavour which was almost addictive so thumbs up from me!
Although that was all the food that arrived, we did order two other dishes, both which came highly recommended by my fellow diners, namely the Tea Smoked Lamb with Smokey Nasu and Spicy Korean Miso and BBQ Pork Belly in Steamed Buns with Spicy Peanut Soy.
Why am I not reviewing these two dishes I hear you cry..well that’s because they didn’t arrive. When the food stopped arriving we asked if there was any more food due and were told we had received everything.
We went on to assume that perhaps our waitress had failed to put the order through. However when the bill arrived we had been charged for both dishes. We promptly pulled the manager up on this and he removed the dishes, in the process forgetting to charge us cakeage, only to waive the cost anyway!
On the whole the food was really good, some dishes were exceptional whilst others were mediocre but this is nothing out of the ordinary! Will I be going back? Hell yes!
* Here’s the link to the delicious miso aubergine recipe and below is my attempt!