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Japanese Food Goes Beyond Sushi with Kurobuta

Kurobuta, one of London’s most innovative and exciting dining destinations, keeps on surprising diners with their chilled-out ambience and exceptional Japanese food. Opened by chef/owner Scott Hallsworth (formerly of the legendary Nobu, in London and in his native Australia) as a pop up, it’s now a permanent fixture in London’s Marble Arch, Chelsea’s King’s Road and Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge.

Kurobuta, one of London’s most innovative and exciting dining destinations, keeps on surprising diners with their chilled-out ambience and exceptional Japanese food. Opened by chef/owner Scott Hallsworth (formerly of the legendary Nobu, in London and in his native Australia) as a pop up, it’s now a permanent fixture in London’s Marble Arch, Chelsea’s King’s Road and Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge.

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Taking its inspiration from the Izakayas, the Japanese alternative to formal dining in bars (with an open counter where tapas-style plates are served to accompany drinks), it’s not only sushi you can enjoy here. Kurobuta actually means ‘black hog’ pork, from the famed Berkshire pig, and it’s the main feature in Scott’s signature dish: BBQ Pork Belly in steamed buns. Indeed, Robata fans are in for a treat too, with irresistible cuts of meat cooked over charcoal.

Scott has designed an all-day menu, inspired by his passion for pushing gastronomic boundaries, giving Japanese classics a contemporary, sometimes Western, twist. Soft Shell Crab Tempura Maki with Kimchee Mayo, Tea-Smoked Lamb and the critically acclaimed ‘Junk Food Japan’ menu, all compete for the discerning diner’s attention, alongside a fantastically imaginative selection of innovative snacks, salads and stunning sashimi.

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Kurobuta, Chelsea is located at 312, King’s Road. Seating up to 90 guests, it includes a casual lounge, bar, private dining area, events area and a beer keg table. Scott Hallsworth’s menu sensibly keeps all the favourites, such as the legendary Junk Food Japan’s Sashimi Pizza and Robata BBQ dishes, but continues to evolve with the expansion of the sashimi and sushi offerings.

As for boozing, Scott has seriously upped the ante through the introduction of Slushy Cocktails, Japanese Whiskies, Barrel-aged Cocktails, Frosted Tankard Beers, Growlers and sparkling Sake. Make SEEN’s a large one!

Kurobuta, Marble Arch, designed by Salon Edesia, is a space with a similar chilled-out vibe to the original Kurobuta, with rock’n’roll tunes, wooden tables for up to 60 diners and a separate bar area to knock back cocktails and sake. Uniquely, there are large bi-folding doors opening onto an outdoor space catering for up to 20. Where else in London can you enjoy stunning Japanese cuisine al fresco?

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As well as the Kings Road and Marble Arch locations, the latest Kurobuta restaurant opened in November 2015; a residency within the iconic Harvey Nichols’ Knightsbridge store. Head up to the Fifth Floor, where there are a variety of delicious new dishes from Scott (available here exclusively); including Slow-cooked Octopus with Green Olive, Yuzu, Dried Miso and Chilli; Miso Yaki Jumbo Shrimp with BBQ Cabbage & Tamari-Ginger-Butter Sauce; Garlic Chicken Katsu with Café de Paris Butter and Fried Hot Wings with K-O! Sauce.

Really, you’re spoilt for choice; whichever location you choose, Kurobuta is the perfect place for an excellent night out, enjoying really great Japanese fusion food.

Kurobuta Chelsea:
312 King’s Road 
London SW3 5UH
Phone: 0207 920 6442
Email: chelsea@kurobuta-london.com
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 18:00 – 22:30 Friday to Sunday 12:00 – 22:30

Kurobuta Marble Arch:
17-20 Kendal Street
London W2 2AW
Phone: 0207 920 6440
Email: marblearch@kurobuta-london.com
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 12:00 – 22:30

Kurobuta Harvey Nichols:
109-125 Knightsbridge
London SW1X 7RJ
Phone: 0207 920 6443
Email: harveynichols@kurobuta-london.com
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 12:00 – 22.30 Sunday: 12:00 – 18:00

www.kurobuta-london.com

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