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.
I loved the really traditional Japanese feel of the restaurant and the hugely friendly staff.
It was such a warm and comforting dish, and was the perfect way to start our Japanese journey.
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!
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.
Even the decor was authentic, so it did feel a little like we had used our actual passports and gone to Japan!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Now for the food; these were very special. VERY special.
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!
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!
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.
Fried chicken sliders, tuna sashimi pizza, fried whitebait and sticky miso grilled aubergine…
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Our tour was complimentary but all opinions and photos are my own.