Flat Three (Star) – Japanese inspired food in Holland Park

Flat Three

After some time in development in a real flat three (used as an R&D kitchen), Pavel Kanja and business partner Juliana Moustakas invite a few friendly flatmates for dinner before the official launch of Restaurant Flat Three on Wednesday, April 1st.

Full at forty covers staggered more like a real restaurant than a dry run, service is slick and the food comes out like Pavel’s been running the kitchen here for months not hours -delivered on flavour and on the palate just as it should be. We eat from a 7 course tasting menu, only 2 courses shy of the 9 available from next week. A 5 course menu will also be offered as well as a short à la carte and wine and juice pairings. For vegetarians, a separate menu is offered, also offered at the dry run.

No pictures of the room itself but expect a look that does the name justice; homely, instantly comfortable and familiar with carefully curated and chic cues of the Scandinavian and Japanese tones of the menu. An instantly stylish and memorable use of feature low ceilings and vaults in a basement approached via an appropriately high end Holland Park domestic style staircase. A walnut clad pass connects the open kitchen to the dining room offering a comfortable two-way sight line to both the chef and his dining guests.


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The menu for Saturday, March 28

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Hand stamped branding, also on lighter than air Zalto stemware

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Contrasting linen on denim place setting

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 Seabass and ramson sweet miso

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Diver scallops and charred fish bones

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Turnip and crunchy milk

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Turbot and pennywort

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Midnight short rib with daikon and kimchee

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Sea buckthorn sorbet with dandelion coffee


Web. http://www.flatthree.london     Twitter. @infoflat3

120-122 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UA

T. 020 7792-8987


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February 1st, 2015

Some things that made me think, laugh and reminisce this week. Perhaps you too.

Also, thanks to @Dishoom – Kings Cross for another great dinner last week.

Finally, see some of you @Beer_N_Buns, Izakaya pop-up in EC2, which launches this week – http://www.beerandbuns.co.uk

 

Nick.

@nicolasgross

nickgross.co.uk

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Kurobuta Pop-Up, 251 Kings Road, London SW3

KB1Whilst work continues on the permanent Kurobuta restaurant in Kendal Street, Connaught Village, Scott Hallsworth has set up shop in the Kings Road. Friday night was soft launch night with a scaled down trial menu. Guests weren’t disappointed though with almost two dozen dishes and small plates on offer complemented by a range of wines, beers and cocktails. For a first night, service was exemplary; calm, slick and informed. If this meal is anything to go by, expect very good things when Scott and the team move into W2.

See below for what I ate.

http://www.kurobuta-london.com

https://twitter.com/KurobutaLondon

BBQ Pork Belly in Steamed Buns with Spicy Peanut Soy

BBQ Pork Belly in Steamed Buns
with Spicy Peanut Soy

Soft Shell Crab Tempura Sushi-Maki with Kimchee and Kimchee Mayo

Soft Shell Crab Tempura Sushi-Maki with Kimchee and Kimchee Mayo

Rockshrimp Tempura with Spicy Mayo and Warm Ponzu Dipping Sauces

Rockshrimp Tempura with Spicy Mayo and Warm Ponzu Dipping Sauces

Japanese Mushrooms Grilled  on Hoba Leaf with Gorgonzola, Miso and Pinenut

Japanese Mushrooms Grilled on Hoba Leaf with Gorgonzola, Miso and Pinenut

Quinoa and Soba Risotto with Shiitake and Parmesan

Quinoa and Soba Risotto with Shiitake and Parmesan

Tea Smoked Lamb Chops with Smoky Nasu and Spicy Korean Miso

Tea Smoked Lamb Chops with Smoky Nasu and Spicy Korean Miso

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F&B @FleshandBuns, Earlham Street, London WC2.

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Less than a year after pushing the Ramen envelope as high as it could go, ex Zuma and Nobu Head Chef; Ross Shonhan has expanded his Bone Daddies Group with Flesh and Buns. Located off Seven Dials in Earlham Street in a beautifully lit basement that makes you instantly forget that you left the ground floor, Flesh and Buns is a cool and contemporary London-style Japanese Izakaya. The menu is more extensive than you’d imagine; a raw and snacks section is followed by hot and cold small plates, the eponymous Flesh and Bun page and dishes to share (for 6 people) for those willing to wait. Well worth the wait, even for the lone diner. See below for what I ate.

www.fleshandbuns.com    https://twitter.com/fleshandbuns

 CHIPS AND DIPS -  Rice crackers, avocado shiso, tomato jalapeno £6.00


CHIPS AND DIPS – Rice crackers, avocado shiso and tomato jalapeno
£6.00

 FRIED SQUID with Japanese pepper and lime £6.50


FRIED SQUID with Japanese pepper and lime
£6.50

 FLAT IRON STEAK with BBQ sauce and pickled shimeji £15.00


FLAT IRON STEAK with BBQ sauce and pickled shimeji
£15.00

 The buns ...


The buns …

 The Bill £34.54


The Bill
£34.54

Cambridge comes to London via Mark Poynton’s “Taste of Alimentum” Pop-up

A fantastic dinner last night at Mark Poynton’s “Taste of Alimentum” three week pop-up at the Landmark Hotel in Marylebone, London. Only one week in and the food is simply sublime – very deserving of the Michelin star recently awarded to the Cambridge original. Set in the cavernous yet beautiful atrium of the hotel known as the Winter Garden, the six course tasting menu is a superb value for money way to experience Mark’s cooking in the capital. Let’s hope next year brings him here for longer. Only two weeks left so my advice is book while you still can.

See : http://restaurantalimentum.co.uk/ and http://bit.ly/AlimentumatTheLandmark

Only a few photos this time and out of respect to other diners (and bloggers !) no flash used.

5 Michelin Mouthfuls

CARROT – Salad, goats’ curd and tarragon

SCALLOP – Chicken wing, pumpkin, chestnut and bacon

HALIBUT – Roasted, butternut squash and cabbage

VENISON – Saddle, sprout tops, potato, celeriac and Earl Grey

PASSION FRUIT – Curd, coffee and saffron granita

Old School French Cuisine Still Strong 25 Years On.

An early Christmas lunch with family who won’t be with us on the day. Le Dauphin at Breuil en Auge, in the heart of Calvados country. Visited by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in May 1987 and by us in October 2012. The same chef patron between her visit and ours with consistently beautiful food and impeccable standards of service. Thanks Mrs G Snr.

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K10 to open new site

K10 secures new site, in fundraising talks 18/10/2012 14:13:00
K10, the London-based ‘kaiten’ (conveyor belt) Japanese restaurant concept, is set to open its second site in the city after securing the former Ping Pong unit in Appold Street.The group, which was founded by Chris Kemper in 2000 and acquired by the Maurice Abboudi-led Red Hot Restaurants at the start of 2010, hope to open the new site before the end of the year and will create 35 jobs in the process.The company is currently negotiating a fundraising and is hoping to announce something on this front in the next few weeks.Kemper said: “Our priority is just to serve great quality food and provide really good, friendly service – the rest will take care of itself. The beauty of K10 is you can be in and out with 15 minutes or spend an hour over lunch and you can eat very healthily or treat yourself. We have a bank of almost 150 dishes plus weekly specials. We have a restaurant, takeaway and can deliver – we regularly deliver lunch and dinner all over the City and Canary Wharf.”    www.k10.com