These balmy summer evenings call for a relaxed, fuss-free spot that serves good food with a side of a buzzing atmosphere.
Originally a pop-up, Kurobuta has now found a permanent home in Marble Arch, serving tapas-style dishes by taking inspiration from the Izakayas of Japan. Plates that you can share that accompany drinks and presented in a casual setting. Now, you know I love my tapas!
The interiors have a very cool and relaxed Shoreditch vibe and on a Saturday night, the place is busy with a flutter of conversation and laughter from excited diners making the most of their weekend.
We started our evening with a cocktail (the name of which has now slipped my mind and I unfortunately can’t find it on their website!) and a carafe of sake.
The first dish of the evening was a Tuna Sashimi Pizza with Truffle Ponzu, Red Onions and Green Chillies.
I love fish tacos and this came quite close to it with the perfect hint of truffle and green chillies that gave it a bit of a kick on a crunchy cracker base.
Next arrived the Baby Shrimp Tempura with Spicy Mayo and Warm Ponzu Dipping Sauces. Warm, crunchy and super juicy, the spicy mayo and tangy ponzu sauce complemented this dish perfectly.
The Miso Grilled Baby Chicken with Spicy Lemon Garlic Sauce was probably the only disappointment of the evening. I’m a huge fan of miso cod and so, immediately opted for this but to my surprise, found it quite bland.
The Black Pepper Soft Shell Crab Tempura was incredible! Soft and crispy at the same time with the black pepper giving it a lovely smokey flavour.
I have never been served such a huge stack of ribs before! By the time the BBQ Pork Ribs with Honey-Soy-Ginger Glaze arrived, we were pretty close to being done but just couldn’t resist these sweet and salty ribs with meat literally falling off the bone. One of the best I’ve tried!
Having convinced ourselves that we still had a teense weensie amount of space left for dessert, we ordered the Honey Ice-Cream with Pistachio Cake, Honeycomb and Raspberries. Each bit of this desssert had so much flavour that despite being beyond full, we finished each and every bite!
Kurobuta is the perfect place to gather with friends for weekend drinks with a couple plates to share as you have your long overdue catch ups being otherwise too consumed with busy city lives. I really enjoyed the atmosphere here and the miso chicken aside, found all the dishes unique and full of flavour.
I went to the one in Marble Arch with the closest tube stations being Marble Arch and Edgware Road. There are also other branches on Kings Road and Harvey Nichols and you can find out more information here.
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