Japanese Junk food really doesn’t do justice to the innovative cuisine that Aussie chef Scott Hallsworth serves at, London hotspot, Kurobuta.
To me this description evokes man vs food size mounds of deep fried pork belly, sloppy miso aubergine sliders and a general mutilation of all manner of freshness that makes me love asian food so much. Scotts food is not like this. He has cleverly taken a style of food, namely sushi, tataki, sashimi…. dishes that are often more synonymous with picky undereaters than food loving overeaters, and carved up a menu that is altogether more exciting and inclusive. There is something for any and every sort of foodie, be it lighter options, or a real meaty feast. Cured lamb chops on miso aubergine, beef swimming in ponzu with crispy garlic, artichoke cigar fries and hunky rolls of flaked salmon maki are just some of the itms to tempt on the menu. Other favourites include rib ticklingly good Wagu beef sliders and scorched cauliflower, which I remember from previous visits.
Having been cooking non-stop the past week in France, for a gaggle of fitness loving foodies, I arranged a spot of lunch at Scott’s latest restaurant, on the rooftop of Harvey Nicks. Armed with a girlfriend and a rumbling belly I was ready to takedown all they had to offer.
Unsurprisingly they were all amazing about my soy allergy (never an easy one in an Asian resto) and a multitude of alternate dips and drizzles were presented for me to lap up at my disposal. I thought I may as well show you it all in a little video, rather than describe what everything tasted like. I think our expressions say more then my words ever could.