Whilst 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.
BBQ Pork Belly in Steamed Buns
with Spicy Peanut Soy
Soft Shell Crab Tempura Sushi-Maki with Kimchee and Kimchee Mayo
Rockshrimp Tempura with Spicy Mayo and Warm Ponzu Dipping Sauces
Japanese Mushrooms Grilled on Hoba Leaf with Gorgonzola, Miso and Pinenut
Quinoa and Soba Risotto with Shiitake and Parmesan
Tea Smoked Lamb Chops with Smoky Nasu and Spicy Korean Miso
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.
CHIPS AND DIPS – Rice crackers, avocado shiso and tomato jalapeno
FRIED SQUID with Japanese pepper and lime
FLAT IRON STEAK with BBQ sauce and pickled shimeji
The buns …
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
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.