All posts tagged: Japanese

Modern Japanese at Kiru, Chelsea

What Modern Japanese at Kiru, Chelsea Where 2 Elystan St Chelsea London SW3 3NS Experience Back in 2014 when I decided to quit London and take a chance on travelling the world, Japan was at the top of my list, mostly so that I could take a wadge of money and throw it at restaurant owners who wanted to feed me all the Japanese goods. I really thought I would be able to go anywhere in the world I wanted. I didn’t really think about the limitations – would I have enough money to fly? Would I be able to afford accommodation? Looking back, definitely not for all the things I wanted to do. The reality of travelling, for me anyway was that I felt a crippling emptiness for over a year, a feeling that led to me cutting my trip short by three months. I cracked when I was in Cambodia and a few days later was on a plane to London, catapulting myself back into the fiercely fast paced London life. I never …

MOMMI

What MOMMI Japanese-Latin Raw Bar and Grill has arrived in Clapham. Experience Mister Important designed the urban modern luxe interior, decorated with photography by Ben Watts (brother of actress Naomi Watts) and a bespoke mural by Melbourne-based street artist RONE. My eyes were drawn to the low marble-topped bar surrounding all the action of the theatre kitchen. We pulled out a stool and perked our bottoms. The kitchen is run by Paul Sowden who has designed a menu influenced by both Japanese and Latin cuisine which, when combined, emanates a Miami vibe. The menu is bursting with a mix of fresh raw seafood, vibrant salads and Robata-grilled meats. Most dishes are healthy small plates designed to order in bulk and share. I played roulette with a bowl of Padron Peppers with Sea Salt. “They aren’t spicy at all” my friend boasted, chomping down on another pepper. I smirked, perhaps a little sadistically, when he reached for the water to cool down. The dish was great, and really fun! From the Robata Grill, we sampled smoky …

Murakami 

Where Murakami, St Martin’s Lane What Murakami is a beautifully designed Japanese restaurant and sushi bar situated on St Martin’s Lane. The restaurant serves dishes from the Robata Grill alongside classic cocktails with a Japanese twist and a selection of Japanese whiskies. Experience We were invited to the bloggers dinner at newly opened Murakami in the West End. I love all things Japanese, particularly the food, so I was excited to head down with my friend Tim to enjoy a selection of their best selling dishes. The restaurant is beautiful inside; its contemporary Eastern interior design is subtle and impeccable and despite being rather busy, the atmosphere was befittingly tranquil. Both the sushi and ragata bar were in eye line which made for impressive viewing and they wasted no time in sending over the food. We were paraded with a never ending selection of meats and fresh sushi plates – the shishito pepper and chilli beef kushiyaki off the Robatayaki menu was really really tasty as were the jalepino sushi rolls. Other dishes included: apple …

United Ramen, Upper Street

Where United Ramen, Upper Street What United Ramen dishes are created using traditions inspired by Japan and infused with different cultural flavours. After spending three years in Asia Pacific, American-Brit owner Aaron found the lack of great noodle shops in London frustrating and created United Ramen as an ode to the great Ramen he found in Japan. The experience United Ramen is the new kid on the Ramen block. Situated on trendy Upper Street in Islington, the brightly coloured restaurant made me feel like I had walked into the ramen version of Yo! Sushi. The menu is split into sections – UR Ramen, deep rich broths; Hiyashi Ramen, cold ramen noodle salads; a range of sides and specials. As you would imagine there is also a range of sake on offer, along with some fun bubble teas. Owner Aaron didn’t want to imitate authentic Japanese ramen, instead he makes nods to the delicious noodle bowls and adds his own flair. Diners can choose from two different kinds of noodles – thin and straight, which cling …

Flesh & Buns, Covent Garden

In association with match.com London is a great city for dating. I can guarantee that no matter how hard you try, you will never be stuck for an idea, particularly when it comes to dining out. Personally I always prefer a casual dining experience when it comes to dating as I find stuffy service awkward at the best of times and I would say the best areas in London for this are Soho and Covent Garden, the Kings of casual dining. My newest date spot is Flesh & Buns, which I visited last week with my mum. Yes, I know that it technically wasn’t a date, but the thought about it being a great date venue was in the back of my mind throughout the meal. Flesh & Buns is the second restaurant by the guys behind Bone Daddies in Soho and is situated just off Covent Garden’s busy Neal Street. The basement restaurant screams cool from the minute you set eyes and ears on it as the unmistakable logo protrudes off the side of …