woodstockYet another Japanese izakaya (pub) comes to London – this time in a handy location for Oxford Street shoppers. The Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar opens in Woodstock Street in March serving an extensive drinks list and menu of freshly grilled Kushiyaki (fried skewers served with miso and dashi sauce).

On the menu: grilled skewers of chicken – breast, thighs, wings or balls; pork belly; beef; vegetables – asparagus with bacon, cherry tomatoes and cheese, or leeks. ‘Kushyage’ skewers include: chicken breast with cheese; pork tonkatsu; beef katsu; soft shell crab; king prawn; calamari; quail eggs and mushrooms; avocado; courgette among the others.

All of the skewers are freshly cooked to order and are priced from £2.50 for two.

To drink: A large selection of Japanese and international bottled and draft beers, wines, champagne, prosecco and cider, as well as a variety of speciality sakes, shochu, umeshu and Japanese whiskeys. The Woodstock even has a Japanese take on hot drinks in the form of matcha latte; matcha green tea; and sencha green tea.

Since the launch of Kurobuta’s pop-up on the King’s Road last year, and later its restaurant in Bayswater, the Japanese pub concept has been a pretty popular one with Londoners – even Jason Atherton is planning an izakaya opening, Shosharu, also coming this spring.


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