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Summary

The “mish-mash of very tasty plates” can still win praise these “fun”, Japanese-inspired izakayas in Chelsea and Marble Arch. The odd fear is raised that “it’s gone really downhill” since it was sold by founder, Aussie chef Scott Hallsworth, in 2017, particularly at the W2 branch, but the ratings in SW3 are pretty consistent.

£60
  £££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“A great punky Australian/Asian mashup” characterises the menu at these “fun” izakaya-style venues, where “stunning grill dishes” are the highlights of the “funky” fare. On the downside they’re “not all that cheap” and “loud”. In July 2017 (post survey) founder Scott Hallsworth sold out to his business partners, so change may be afoot.

£63
  £££
3
Good
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Thrilling flavours” from “a wide ranging” Japanese menu again inspire rave reviews for Scott Hallsworth’s “hip, modern, trendy, but unpretentious” izakaya-style haunts, which are “a real favourite for a fun night out”. They’re “not for the hard of hearing” though, and SW3 is “a bit trashy” and “pure Chelsea” for some tastes.

£56
   ££
5
Exceptional
2
Average
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Super oishi!” (as they say in Japan) – ex-Nobu supremo Scott Hallsworth’s “funky, young and vibey” Izakayas have won fame with “amazing dishes, bursting with big bold flavours”. Staff can be “overwhelmed” though, and his W2 branch dished up some “disastrous” meals this year, in contrast to his well-rated newcomer in SW3 (near his original pop-up).

£55
   ££
4
Very Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Kurobuta

In an up-and-coming part of Bayswater, a seemingly informal Japanese izakaya (tavern) where an ex-Nobu chef offers quirky and high quality dishes, at prices to match.


It's touted as a simple Japanese izakaya (tavern), and this hard-edged, bare-filament-bulb-lit room could indeed be described in some senses as 'basic'. The informality of the service, too, is broadly as you might expect in any inner-suburban venture aimed at the young professional market.


When it comes to the quality of the food, the presentation and the prices, however, this bit of Bayswater, now called Connaught Village, seems to have been swept up in the spread of 'Prime Central London' - the term used, in its strictest sense, to connote the capital's residential property bulls-eye. This was recently reported by one estate agency to be creeping outwards at the rate of about a foot every day, and now (on the evidence of this opening) has carried on some way beyond its former outpost - the Blairs' house, in Connaught Square.


Fortunately Chef Scott Hallsworth learnt his trade in the heart of the bulls-eye - at Nobu - and it turns out that he brings a level of skill to the cuisine that fully reflects the non-suburban pricing. The menu is quite diverse, but one signature element appears to be adding a bit of 'bite' to dishes where you might not necessarily expect it . (Very) spicy tuna maki, for example, comes 'rolled in tempura crunchies', and the result is very good too. Salmon sushi comes with not just a 'Béarnaise salsa', but also with 'fries' (of sweet potato).


Purists might complain about such additions, but most diners, we suspect, will be wowed more by both the originality of the cuisine, and dishes which offer a more rounded sensory experience than would be expected from the standard versions. Or, to put it another way, they are more fun.


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