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Published on : Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Culinary delights from Japan have always inspired tourists to their restaurants . With the onset of 2016, Japan adds more names to its list of restaurants with more welcoming flavours and inviting ambiance January and February mark the beginning of fine cuisine. Check out these restaurants in your visit to London.
Oliver Maki Opening in Soho
Run by brothers Oliver and Amer Zeitoun, Oliver Maki currently have five restaurants – four in Kuwait and one in Bahrain, but have now sets their sights on wowing the tastebuds of sushi-hungry London dwellers and visitors with this modern, experimental sushi restaurant.
Expect sushi combinations you’d never dreamed of, such as the Oliver Maki roll, which consists of eight different rolls in one, using an enormous 30 ingredients and eight different toppings! Alternatively, if you’re feeling fancy, test out the Sushi Jewel Box – a selection of sushi rolls in a specially designed, bespoke box, with a mouth-watering surprise in every drawer.
The kitchen will be led by Executive Head Chef Louis Kenji Huang, former head chef at Nobu. Sushi fans won’t have to wait long to sample these unusual delights, as Oliver Maki will be opening in February – just in time to take yourself somewhere nice to beat the winter blues.
Tonkotsu Notting Hill Opening in February
As piping hot, stomach warming ramen bowls continue to keep us warm during the bitter winter evenings, news of much-loved ramen group Tonkotsu opening up another store is music to our frozen ears!
If you haven’t been to one of Tonkotsu’s fantastic ramen restaurants yet, there’s really no excuse – as having claimed the hearts of east and central Londoners, they are now moving out west, with their latest restaurant opening in Notting Hill.
Tonkotsu already have five successful restaurants and food spaces in Haggerston, Soho, Hackney, Selfridges and Bankside, and this new restaurant, which is set to open in February, will feature unique dishes as well as Tonkotsu’s own brewed beer. Teaming up with Melissa Cole and the guys at 40FT Brewery, the beer menu will also showcase their newest creation – matcha flavour beer!
Expect a soft launch during the first week (we’ll keep you updated!). Find them at 7 Blenheim Crescent, W11 2EE, or get the latest yourselves via Twitter @tonkotsulondon.
Salt beef ramen from TonkotsuOr if you can’t wait that long, Tastes of Japan has just started over at Selfridges and Tonkotsu (in the Food Hall) is creating a special limited edition Salt Beef Ramen.
It’s chicken broth and classic noodles topped with Brass Rail salt beef and gherkin, Japanese mustard, half a marinated egg, and spring onions – and comes in at £12.
Abura soba from MonohonCurrently operating just in pop-up form, Monohon ramen are hunting for permanent digs where they can settle down and open up their authentic ramen-ya.
Their previous events have gone down a storm on social media, so we’re delighted to announce that their upcoming dinners are looming on the near horizon.
Scheduled for 31st January and 6th February, Monohon will be serving their unforgettable abura soba (think ramen, minus soup, plus sesame oil sauce, plus char sui pork, bamboo shoots and beansprouts, topped with a soft poached egg. Mix everything together until you have a deliciously gooey mess and voila!) The bone broth is cooked the same way as it is in Japan: at a rolling boil for twenty hours. The noodles are made in-house with a special flour and machine, both imported from Japan.
At the event you’ll be given the chance to assemble your own dish – but not before some expert introduction and explanation on the finer arts of ramen. You’ll also be able to BYOB to the event, or if you’re going dry for January, there will be hand-warming cups of house tea available.
The next two events will be held at ROUGE – a shop in East London selling vintage and contemporary textiles, artwork, ceramics and other far-flung exotic items from the Far East.
Dates & Times:
31st January – 5:30 – 7:00, 7:15 – 8:45
6th February – 6:45 – 8:15, 8:30 – 10:00
Tickets cost just £10, and include a side dish of edamame. Buy them here or take a look at the website.
Kanada Ya Panton StreetKanada Ya’s second ramen joint is up and running at 3 Panton Street, bringing us more of their rich, creamy Tonkotsu broth (and even better, they take bookings! Hurrah!). What’s more, the restaurant menu is packed with new ramen flavours and sides for us to devour.
Try the new vegetarian ramen – made from porcini soya milk broth, secret sauce, white asparagus and avocado sashimi. Or try the truffle ramen, with 18-hour pork bone broth, chashu pork collar, spring onion and porcini truffle paste. Finally, the all new chicken paitan, with corn-fed chicken bone broth, secret sauce, chashu pork collar and shredded leek. The menu also has crispy Japanese fried chicken and Japanese spicy kale.
Get yourself booked in via KanadaYa’s .
Kaiseki cuisine at ROKANew dining experience available at ‘ROKA!’
Ever heard of ‘kaiseki’? It’s a Japanese-style, multi-course dinner involving small, meticulously prepared and presented dishes. Kaiseki can be a very elaborate dining experience with more than 14 courses, all designed and painstakingly prepared by the master chef.
ROKA will be offering their new kaiseki dinner experience around the shochu table – where you’ll be served pairings such as nigori punch with wagyu tempura roll, or chamomile martini with black cod toban. The experience will take up to three hours altogether, meaning an extended evening of relaxing, socialising and not worrying about having to ‘give back your table by…’ The exciting new menu will be available at 6:30pm Monday – Sunday and costs £95pp.