On my list due to many reviews had been Kurobata in Marble Arch which is the creation from Scott Hallsworth who used to be the head chef at Nobu London. His new permanent home offers Japanese food with a supposed Australian / fast food twist.
You venture inside the rather glamorous neighbourhood and are greeted by a much more informal setting than I had imagined. Open kitchen which spouts out clouds of smoke from the grill every so often and Cat’s favourite thing (nawt) unisex toilets.
Seeing as the food is designed to share Lawrence and I had invited the help of Cat and Titus to enable more food on the table and of course their company. The waiter suggested 12 dishes between the 4 of us so we got straight in starting with a nibble of Sweet potato and soba-ko fries and sauces while we ordered.
I managed to persuade the group to order the beef fillet tatami with onion ponzu and garlic crisps. Wafer thin pieces of beef slightly seared and topped with a crunch from the garlic crisps, very moorish.
Next up was potentially the highlight of the evening the BBQ Pork Belly in steamed buns with spicy peanut soy. I’m going to put it out there as saying perhaps the best pork buns I have ever had.
From the junk food section which I have seen previously slated by critics we had the Kurobuta Fried chicken which was as expected fried chicken but not at all greasy which you’d get from any fast food chain.
The something crunchy was delicious black pepper soft shell crab tempura and squid Kara-Age with jalapeño dipping sauce.
Adding to our fish extravaganza we went for the roasted scallop with Yuzu Truffle egg sauce and Yuzu Tobiko which was a lovely and creamy dish.
Adding a bit of veg to the evening we went for the Japanese mushrooms grilled on boba leaf with gorgonzola, miso and peanuts. This was probably the least favourite of the evening, barely any cheese coming through and the texture with the miso was a little too gloopy.
Not wanting to end our night with the mushrooms we finished off with a final dish of BBQ Kurobuta Pork Ribs with honey, soy, ginger glaze. Good dish to finish on although think the pork buns still came up trumps from the evening.
It was a lovely evening spent over many dishes of good food and would recommend if you want a bit more casual Japanese affair rather than the likes of Nobu which is much more upmarket. It’s a reasonably good price for that type of food as well and economies of scale means go with a bigger group to get more variety at a cheaper bill price.