From London to Melbourne and back again, via a stint in Dubai, Australian chef Scott Hallsworth has gone above and beyond to create a one-of-a-kind restaurant. From the unusual hard-surfaced café space with bare dangling bulbs to the pulsating music and Antipodean feel, Kurobuta has been created to please. The so-called ‘Japanese junk food’ is anything but – the pre-braised pork ribs smothered in copious amounts of sugar, salt, umami and smoke are particularly addictive, and the famous garlicky chilli sauce definitely gets your taste buds going. Located in Connaught Village, west of Marble Arch, Kurobuta is a firm favourite with the Domus Nova team, while with his second restaurant space by the same name on the King’s Road proves that he is a west London force to be reckoned with.
Mr Hallsworth himself is in his very late thirties, originally from a small mining town by name of Collie in Western Australia, where since his mid-twenties he has been creating an almighty path in Japanese cuisine. He undoubtedly learnt his craft classically from the top, joining the Park Lane Nobu London as chef-de-partie in 2001 where he worked his way up to head chef before venturing back to Australia to Nobu Melbourne, followed by his own place in Dubai thereafter. It was 2013 that he finally, and thankfully, came up with the Korubuta cooking concept, presented it to awestruck Londoners at a pop-up who seemingly never tasted anything so good, and now runs to restaurants of the same name.
Courtesy of Cheshire-based SPACE:Architecture + Planning, both Kurobuta spaces have an industrial-luxe feel to them. The main design statement is undeniably cool where scores of halogen bulbs hang in wire cages from the ceiling at random heights. The tables are either intimately small or communal style with vast tables and large benches. With the music is loud but the conversation's louder, there's a canteen feel about the spaces too that's a breath of fresh air for west London.
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Kurobuta, 17-20 Kendal Street, Connaught Village, London W2; kurobuta-london.com