Snacks started off fun. These Jerusalem artichoke chopsticks (£7) were moreish. The truffle ponzu dip was interesting but I prefer chomping on these deep fried munchies without.
tuna, salmon, hamachi, and a fish tartare of some sort (I forgot
which type #badblogger). This was a universe far from Oka, much better than Dozo, just as good as Chotto Matte, but still far from Roka and moreso, Dinings (which I shall be blogging about soon).
The Wagyu beef sliders (£19 for two) were delicious but I found them smaller than the average slider. The patty was nicely cooked and the crunchy onion ring brought delight to the bite but it was the umami mayo that pieced the whole thing together. I don’t even like mayo, but this was the bomb.
notch. The pork belly was a generous chunk, perfectly tender and juicy. The
spicy peanut soy sauce added a much needed crunch and complemented the pork
flavour. The actual hirata buns weren’t overly soft but pillowy enough to soak
on hoba leaf (£9.75). I love Japanese mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, shimeji) although
I felt the gorgonzola and miso came a bit too strong – even for a cheese lover
like me – that it masked the natural
earthiness of the mushrooms. The pine nuts were yum, though.
As for dessert, a slight confusion came up when the server said they had banana pancakes. I had to ask again to be sure and he said “Oh yes, I’d go for the pancakes.” Why not. So when I was faced with a banana cream pie (£8) I was a bit puzzled. “These aren’t pancakes,” I said. “Yes, it’s a banana cream pie!” Right. I was slightly annoyed but my mood was lifted after the first bite. The filo pastry was thin and crispy making way for the rum bananas to be absolutely yummy. A good’un, this pie-cake.
Overall, I see Kurobuta’s appeal but I find it a bit more of a fun joint than a foodie heaven. Everything about it is twisted (the good kind) and trendy, funky and rocked up. It’s not the best Japanese in town, but it’s a good option to hang and dine with friends before hitting the town for a night out.
312 King’s Rd, London SW3