Lunch@ Kurobuta, Chelsea

The far east is still calling to us – this time we are turning Japanese at Kurobuta in Chelsea. Kurobuta is an informal modern Japanese restaurant owned by former Ubon head chef Scott Hallsworth.

As we walk through the door, the informality compared to other Japanese restaurants is striking – it looks like some of the bars we visited in Australia. The menu is informal too – they have a section titled Junk Food Japan! Even the drinks menu is unlike anything we have seen before. We are going to need some help and our waitress obliges.

It is time for us to experiment and the waitress brings me two different sakes to taste. I settle on a warmed Waning Moon with caramel and umami flavours and Rock, who will do anything for a decent peach bellini, chooses the sparkling peach sake.

With some help we choose: sweet potato & soba-ko fries; beef fillet tataki; pork ribs with honey, soy & ginger glaze; tuna sashimi pizza; Nasu Dengaku, a sticky miso aubergine dish and salmon kimchee. Rock has never eaten raw meat before but she not only tried the beef tataki but went back for second and third helpings. The other truly wonderful dish is the tuna sashimi pizza – melt in the mouth tuna on a crisp wafer thin base 

I need another drink and this time I try the Kirin ichiban frozen – a japanese malt beer with an iced head. We definitely need to come back here with friends… then we can experiment with even more dishes and even more drinks.