Everyone in Kurobuta is happy, from the staff greeting you with cheery enthusiasm at the door, to the customers eating and drinking to, presumably, the kitchen staff. There is something joyful about the place, a sense of fun and an all round feeling that you’re about to have a good time.
Let that time begin with flamed edamame, dressed with sake, lemon and butter – they’re a great variation on the usual ‘steam n salt’ approach and the scorching in their pods is a great touch, adding much to the flavour.
Miso-grilled hot wings come from a section called ‘Junk Food Japan’, a fabulous name for a section filled with things that appeal to the inner demons – fried chicken, pizza and steak sandwiches are all listed. Miso wings turn out to be a great choice here, a little like Korean fried chicken in style they’re crisp then slicked with a sweet, sticky sauce.
The takoyaki make it easy to see how they’re one of Japan’s most popular street snacks. Tender octopus inside a puff of light batter, zigzagged with sweetened mayo and BBQ sauce. Addictive stuff.
There’s so much to choose from – not generally a good sign on a menu – but all is delivered perfectly. From sushi to grills to puffy steamed sandwiches, split and stuffed with wagyu beef, pickles and crunchy onions. Cocktails should also not be missed.
Kurobuta is great for a quick snack, a few plates or a marathon romp through Japan’s finest. Whatever you do here though, one thing is guaranteed – you’ll have a huge amount of fun.