Japanese Restaurant Hopping Tour with London Restaurant Festival

I’m taking full advantage of London Restaurant Festival; it’s only on for a month, so it’s time to soak it all up before it runs away and disappears.

Kurobuta Chelsea
After a delicious evening sampling one of the special LRF menus at Hakkasan Hanway, this weekend I grabbed one of my best friends and sampled the Japanese foodie delights that London has to offer.
London Restaurant Festival Restaurant Hopping Tour

We picked up our passports (no, not the ones that our Queen gives us – we weren’t actually going to Japan) and met at Shoryu  on Denman Street

 

Shoryu London

I loved the really traditional Japanese feel of the restaurant and the hugely friendly staff.

Shoryu London

 

We shared a serving of pork broth ramen; topped with a soft boiled egg, pork slices, sesame seeds and delicious ramen noodles.

 

Shoryu London

It was such a warm and comforting dish, and was the perfect way to start our Japanese journey.

Shoryu London

 

The tour is run in partnership with Suntory Whisky; an incredibly delicious Japanese whisky, and so at each stop you have the option to have an incredibly delicious cocktail.

 

Shoryu London
Not wanting to pass up an authentic experience we indulged ourselves! I mean it was a Saturday and it was after midday…

 

Shoryu London

The second dish that we shared was the fried chicken bun; which was just fabulous. As in, I could have eaten so many of these and been oh so happy. They really did rival the buns at On the Bab!

Shoryu London

I loved the soft texture of the bun itself, which beautifully contrasted with the crispy chicken, and finally, the hoisin sauce that added an extra depth of flavour.

Shoryu London

 

It’s a restaurant I’ll definitely be going back to; the food was delicious, the service was wonderful and I’m always happy to find a new Japanese restaurant in London!

 

Shoryu London

Even the decor was authentic, so it did feel a little like we had used our actual passports and gone to Japan!

Shoryu London

What we really loved about this tour was that we could take our time in the restaurants (we were very proud of being the first in Shoryu and the last out the third restaurant!), and we could go at our own pace.

You can visit the restaurants at your own pace; this is one tour that you won’t be doing in a group or waiting for anyone.

Shoryu London

Next up on the tour was Bo Drake, an East Asian BBQ restaurant on Greek Street that was an absolute gem of a find.

It’s a fantastic little restaurant, centred around one main bar style table which served some pretty incredible ribs.

Bo Drake London

Once again, Hibiki Suntory Whisky cocktails were ordered, and enjoyed. Honestly, when I saw that we were drinking whisky cocktails I was a little worried, as bad Scot that I am, I’m not a big whisky fan.

But these, these were delicious. Dark but sweet and tangy at the same time, and exceptionally drinkable!

Bo Drake London

I loved the decor of Bo Drake; a real contrast to Shoryu, it was a clean, modern space that was full of light. The other thing about Bo Drake, is that the service is fantastic – really something special.

Bo Drake London

Now for the food; these were very special. VERY special.

Bo Drake London

And messy. I mean, really not date night food, as Carrie more than once had to clean my face up as the ribs were, well – all over my face.

Sweet, tangy, delicious and frankly moreish these were a stand out dish. The ribs themselves were covered in meat; despite being a taster dish it wasn’t a mean portion at all. In fact, we had to pause more than once before we could finish the meal!

Bo Drake London

Having come home and looked at the menu, I’m even more impressed. The small dishes, the mains… They all look incredible!

Finding new restaurants was one of the best aspects of the tour; we got to try small dishes in each restaurant and really experience the flavours and well, find more places to add to our never ending London restaurant lists!

Bo Drake London

 

Bo Drake london

Finally, the last restaurant on our list was Kurobuta, Chelsea, another modern, Japanese restaurant, that has won an OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award this year.

Carrie had been here before, so when we were nearly there she started telling me that I should be getting excited, ’cause this was going to be a great end to our tour.

Kurobuta Chelsea
There’s a lot of modern art to go with the already modern decor…

 

Kurobuta Chelsea

 

Which we appreciated over our, um, well, you guessed it – Hibiki Suntory Whisky cocktail. I mean what can I say, they were really good!

 

Kurobuta Chelsea
We had a selection of dishes, most of which were from the Junk Food Japan section of their menu, and ohhhhh boy.
These.

 

Kurobuta Chelsea

Fried chicken sliders, tuna sashimi pizza, fried whitebait and sticky miso grilled aubergine…

Kurobuta Chelsea
I think this face says it all when it comes to how delicious this was. The tuna sashimi pizza in particular was an incredible twist on a classic idea.

 

Kurobuta Chelsea
We cleaned our plates; I mean really cleaned our plates – there wasn’t a drop of food left when we were finished.

 

Kurobuta Chelsea

We had an incredible time on our Japanese Journey; the food, the service, the cocktails – well they were all perfect. Make sure you take advantage of the restaurant hopping tours before the end of the month – whether you want to try this amazing Japanese Journey, the Chinatown trip or even try the restaurants of Victoria – there’s something for you.

 

You might have seen on Instagram that we didn’t let our night finish there – we headed to Bluebird in Chelsea for a few more drinks and chatted the night away.
It really was the best Saturday with a fabulous friend that I could  have asked for! Make sure you don’t miss out ladies and gents!
 

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Our tour was complimentary but all opinions and photos are my own. 

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