The latest trend from Japan, Japanese Dude Food, has landed at Kurobuta. Situated on the King’s Road and Marble Arch, the tapas-style restaurants are launching a bottomless brunch every Saturday inspired by Japanese flavours mixed with the ‘dude food’ of mid-south America.
For £35 feast on unlimited sushi, buns, hot and cold dishes and for another £10 you can have unlimited wine, prosecco and Asahi beer as Saturday brunching takes an Asian twist. We say cheers to that!
Izakayas are informal Japanese pubs in which dude food combines Asian flavours with naughty junk food and is the latest phenomenon sweeping the world. The new menu features indulgent dishes such as salmon sashimi pizza with truffle ponzu and wasabi tobiko.
Another hearty dish is Takikomi Gohan – Rice Hot Pot with Kabocha Squash, Miso Butter & Wasabi Tobiko – for those with an healthy appetite this dish sounds just the ticket!
A sushi section sits alongside this and contains some lighter dishes to counteract the hearty dude food. There are other light bites on the brunch menu such as the tasty Squid Kara-Age with spicy Jalapeno Dipping Sauce.
Receive a welcome cocktail of a wasabi bloody mary on arrival before choosing the bottomless option that suits; prosecco, red or white wine or the new super dry Asahi beer. Live music or a DJ will be on hand every Saturday to truly get the dude food brunch party started as you chow down on delectable dishes such as the
We visited the Marble Arch restaurant and were given a warm Kurobata welcome by the manager before beig shown to our table. To kick off the brunch, our waiter brought over a bowl of Sea Salt Edamame which came warm tossed in Sake Butter. The flavour burst out the pod and was a great way to prepare our palates for the Japanese dude food to come.
Spicy Tuna rolled in Tempura Crunchies has a crispy texture of the tempura crunchies which juxtaposes with the tenderness of the tuna topped off with a pleasant kick of heat from the spicy sauce.
Yellowtail, Green Chilli and Coriander Hosomaki has subtle flavours combined with a slight tingle from the green chilli that never overwhelmed the palate.
Singapore Fried Chicken with Pickled Cucumber and Kimchee Mayo were an interesting Japanese take on the American soul food favourite of Southern Fried Chicken. The tang of the cucumber pickles and kimchee mayo added a suitably Japanese twist to the steamed buns.
Our favourite steamed bun was the second option in the menu – BBQ Pork Belly with Peanut Soy, Mushroom, Umami Mayo, Garlic Crisps. Said to be one of the best pork belly dishes in London (we couldn’t possibly comment) the pork belly steamed 16 hours before being seared for a crispy edge. By the time it hits the bun, it is crispy on the outside but soft and tender on the inside. The peanut soy sauce is sweet and moreish – a rich tasty treat perfect for dipping.
Baby Shrimp Tempura with Kimchee and Kimchee Mayo is made using 31/40 Shrimp which are clearly fatter and juicier than the standard rock shrimp used by some other restaurants. The lightness of the prawn batter contrasted with the freshness of the shrimp. The is on of Kurobata’s signature dishes and it’s easy to see why after your first taste – it’s so good we ended up ordering a second portion making the most of the bottomless offer.
As the manager knew we were aubergine lovers, he sent us a special dish from the A La Carte menu – Nasu Dengaku which is Miso Baked Aubergine with Candied Walnuts and Sancho Pepper. The aubergine is cooked using three different processes including steaming and roasting. The tender melting texture of the miso flavoured aubergine juxtaposes perfectly with the sweet crunch from the candied walnuts.
We were told that the Kimchee Mayo, Jalapeno Dip and all other sauces and food are freshly made from scratch with the majority using only authentic Japanese ingredients for a dining experience which champions the quality, taste and authenticity of the Japanese Izakaya inspired “junk food” which tastes anything but junk. The sweet potato shoestring fries which were served with the edamame at the start of the meal were so moreish you can’t help but get stuck in… after taking the obligatory Instagram #foodporn photo!
After all the savoury yumminess of the bottomless brunch dishes, we were ready to call it a day but thankfully still had just enough room for the delectable dessert platter which consisted of slices of to-die-for Chocolate Fudge Cake drizzled with Mango Toffee sauce & yummy Candied Nuts. If that wasn’t enough food heaven, there was also a selection of Mochi Ice Cream – we loved the bright flavours of Yuzu and Raspberry.
The Dude Food Brunch is available every Saturday 12pm – 4.30pm (sittings at 12pm and 2.30 pm) for £35 pp for bottomless food or £45 pp for bottomless food and drinks for two hours consisting of unlimited buns, hot, cold and sushi dishes with unlimited Prosecco, red or white wine or Asahi beer with a welcome cocktail and snacks on arrival.
Kurobuta Chelsea has Europe’s first Asahi self-pour table; swipe a credit card or buy a pre-loaded gift card and then pour your own beer. The table fits twelve and has two pouring taps making refilling your glass extremely easy. Kurobuta is famed for their contemporary social eating experience so the self-por table is sure to be a big hit with regulars and newcomers alike. With the rock ‘n’ roll tunes hitting the weekend vibe and and edgy interiors that follow suit, Kurobata Dude Food Brunch is the perfect way to celebrate the weekend with your friends, be they dudes or otherwise!
Kurobuta Marble Arch
17-20 Kendal Street, London, W2 2AW
0207 920 6440