Kurobuta POP UP Chelsea | Japanese at Its Best

I always read up on London’s restaurant openings, except it appears that last December I didn’t do my homework properly. My evil twin closest girlfriend, Aimee, sent me a message just before Christmas to tell me she was treating me to a meal at Kurobuta as my Christmas gift.

Aimee now lives all the way over in Melbourne, Australia. I live a 15 minute bus ride from Kurobuta, on the Kings Road, Chelsea. Oops. I had somehow missed the news that ex-Nobu head chef, Scott Hallsworth, had opened up this uber cool pop-up and now I find myself exclaiming with knowledge ‘Whaaaat? You haven’t heard of Kurobuta!? Oh My Goodness. You haven’t lived!!’

It took me until March 23rd to actually walk through the restaurant doors, mostly because each time we tried to make a reservation, much more organised people had beaten us to it and we couldn’t manage to get a booking at a sociable hour. This made me even more impatient to secure a table, no availability is usually a very good sign. I finally got organised and decided to make it a belated Christmas gift/birthday celebration for The Boy Next Door, inviting his friend and his sister along as a little birthday surprise.

We sat down for lunch and it occurred to me how unique this type of restaurant was for the Kings Road, home of the Sloane Ranger. This was most definitely the coolest kid on the block and due to it being the coolest and most popular kid, the good news is the ‘Pop Up’ part will be removed from its name and Kurobuta will become a permanent feature, along with its soon to open second restaurant in Marble Arch.

With every option on the menu seeming like a good idea, we decided to all choose our two favourites and share. This turned out to be the perfect solution, being able to sample so many different dishes.

We ate Wagyu Beef Sliders, with Crunchy Onions, Pickled Cucumber and Umami Mayo on a Brioche Bun (above) and Squid Kara-Age with Jalapeño Dipping Sauce (below).

We added a side of Sweet Potato and Soba-Ko Fries (above) because it would have been rude not to and the Flamed Edamame with Sake, Lemon, Butter and Maldon Salt (below) proved popular as Chucky demonstrates through his loving gaze at his edamame ;oP

BBQ Pork Belly in Steamed Buns with Spicy Peanut Soy (above) andBeef Fillet Tataki with Onion Ponzu and Garlic Crisps (below) were delicious. Every dish we ordered became the favourite, until we ate the next one, and then that would be awarded ‘best dish so far’.

We also ate Miso Grilled Baby Chicken with Spicy Lemon Garlic Sauce (above) and Soft Shell Crab Tempura Maki with Kimchee Mayo (below).

The Boy Next Door and his little sis Eleanor, cute!!! Oh and Edamame! (below).

And finally, Crunchy Rice Senbei Crisps with Avocado-Jalapeno Dip (above) and a little shot of our ‘buffet’ (below). The only missing picture is thePumpkin Tempura with Pickled Pumpkin and Creamy Spicy Shiso Dressing, but I strongly advise you order this, it’s divine.

Hands-down one of the most enjoyable meals I’ve had in ages.  Whilst not the cheapest of restaurants, the taste sensation this food delivers is worth every penny. I cannot wait to go back, and if you want to get yourself a table in the meantime, head to the Kurobuta website, or try your luck without a reservation and pop in at 251 King’s Road, SW3 5EL.

PS Thank you Aimee for keeping an eye on London and its restaurant openings, and for the most delicious Christmas present ever! x

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