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

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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

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