Japan Foodie News Autumn 2017
Read on for all the latest Japanese foodie and restaurant-related news from London and the UK this autumn, from wagyu burgers and hirata buns to vegan Japanese food and sake galore...There are three common sayings about autumn in Japan: ‘dokusho no aki’ (an autumn of reading), ‘supotsu no aki’ (an autumn of sports - due to the cooler conditions after a roasting hot summer), and ‘shokuyoku no aki’ (an autumn of eating).
Make your autumn this year an ‘autumn of eating’ with an appetising visit to one of these Japanese restaurants or foodie events in our latest round-up below. Highlights include a YO! Sushi in Glasgow, Asian-inspired bagels, vegan Japanese dining opportunities, and sake tasting events aplent.y
Ichibuns Wagyu Burgers, Now on Soft Launch in Soho
Promising ‘Japanese-inspired soulful food and drink’, Ichibuns will be based in a three-storey venue in Wardour Street with an eclectic Tokyo rock-and-roll interior and space for up to ninety diners. It will specialize in burgers, but its menu will also cover ramen, maki sushi rolls and other Japanese-inspired dishes. The drool-inducing beef burgers will be made with a mix of grass-fed British beef and Australian wagyu, but there will also be chicken katsu, fish finger and panko meatball options available.
The non-burger options have us drooling already, too. How about ramen with wagyu beef and king crab? Wagyu cheeseburger spring rolls? With green tea profiteroles for dessert? And to drink, the Sakura Blossom milkshake, with milk and cherry ice cream, marinated cherries, marshmallows and cherry sauce? You want to try all of them? Yes, we thought you might say that...
There’s also good news for all those night owl Londoners out there - Ichibuns will soon be your new go-to place when those late-night and takeaway cravings strike, as it’s opening daily from 11:30am until midnight, and until 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And for those who are wondering, its name is actually a pun on the Japanese word for “number on” (ichiban) and “buns”. Whet your appetite by taking a look at the menu on their website.
Address: 22 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QH
YO! Sushi in Glasgow
Following on from the launch of its flagship Glasgow location in the form of YO! Glasgow Central, YO! Sushi has opened a new outlet in Glasgow named YO! Glasgow Fort. Located at the main entrance of the Fort shopping centre, and with an outside seating area for al fresco dining, the new store is the fourth addition to the YO! family in Glasgow.
The new store’s menu will include a mix of YO! classics as well as new dishes including katsu curry, ramen, yakisoba, gyoza, tempura and sushi. And good news for vegans in Glasgow too - in keeping with the city’s status as “UK’s Most Vegan Friendly City”, the menu will also offer an impressive 16 vegan options, as well as 29 vegetarian dishes. Find out more on YO! Sushi's website.
Address: Units K8 - K14, Glasgow Fort Shopping Park, Provan Walk, Glasgow, G34 9DL
Melt Room Founder to Open Japanese Restaurant in Mayfair
K10 to Expand Sushi and Beer & Buns Concept
There are also rumours afloat that it intends to grow its Beer & Buns brand with the opening of a new outlet in the heart of the City just down the road from the Gherkin - the chain is believed to be in talks to open across two floor of 20 Bury Street. The Japanese izakaya brand, which focuses on serving craft beer and hirata buns, was said to be born out of the founders' frustration at not being able to find a decent bar serving great beer and authentic Japanese food. Find out more on K10's website.
Ronin Dining: Vegan Japanese Pop-up Dinner in Reading
Mixed dishes including:
apple & young ginger teriyaki seitan
simmered daikon radish with miso & yuzu
kabocha pumpkin croquettes
Japanese turnip steaks & fried greens
chilli garlic matsutake mushroom pickle
Onigiri with mixed pickles and a traditional meal ender of miso soup
The dessert course! Mixed seasonal petit fours
Address: Nomad Bakery, 10 Prospect Street, Caversham, RG4 8JG
Drink and Dine in Style at Nobu Shoreditch
Two worlds - Nobu’s luxury and Shoreditch’s hipster - have collided to produce Nobu Shoreditch, Nobu’s third London venue. Come here to enjoy the gorgeous architecture and interior design and for quieter weekend brunches and lunches in their spacious restaurant, which has tables for a whopping 240 diners.
While you’re there, make sure you don’t miss the Shoreditch specials, including lip-smackingly good pork belly with a spicy miso caramel sauce. For an after dinner tipple, the hotel’s bar is reportedly the only place in London - other than Nobu’s other London restaurants - to stock sought after Hokusetsu sakes.
Address: 10-50 Willow Street, London, EC2A 4BH.
Meet the Maker: Kochi Sake Tasting at Sushi Atelier
Tedorigawa Iki na Onna Daiginjo - Yellowtail with sea salt and yuzu juice
Tedorigawa Kinka Nama Daiginjo - Smoked butterfish
Tedorigawa Yamahai Daiginjo - Prawn with tomato salsa
Tedorigawa Yamahai Junmai (warm) - Tuna BBQ oshizushi with parmesan
Edamame, miso, mini dorayaki
Tiger Under the Yuzu Tree: More Sake at Sway Gallery
The price includes cocktail on arrival; sampling of 5 sake (25 ml x 5) with additional rounds available for £5 a pop; a selection of Yuzu inspired canapés; sake raffle ticket and more. Tickets for the event can be purchased on Eventbrite here. There will also be a Japanese Sake Pop-Up Shop in place at Sway Gallery from 11-23 September 2017 (Mon- Fri). For further information contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Ghost: Asian-inspired Bagels Pop-up
Hot on the heels of their early summer residency at Birthdays in Dalston, Asian-inspired bagel vendor Little Ghost will be popping up again, this time at Brother Marcus cafe in Balham on Fridays and Saturdays nights in September.
As before, they’ll be dishing up Asian-inspired bagels, loaded fries, and Taiwanese-style and squid ink fried chicken wings. And while the bagels are made the traditional New York way, the fillings are decidedly non-traditional, as are the colour - they come in two varieties, using either charcoal or beetroot to dye them either shocking pink or inky black. Make sure you try the Japanese-inspired fried chicken katsu bagel and the to-die-for katsu curry fries! For more information, visit Little Ghost’s website or follow them on Twitter @littleghostldn.
Address: Brother Marcus, 9 Chestnut Grove, London SW12 8JA.
Sakagura Sake Journey (10th October)
And once you’ve completed your sake journey, take a seat at the bar where you can prolong the experience by ordering Japanese bar bites, expertly crafted cocktails, sake flights and ice cold beer to round off your night of gastronomic discovery.
The event will be from 6pm-10pm, 10 October 2017 and costs £30 per person. Each ticket includes: sake samples at each brewer’s station; a mini appetiser to complement each brewery’s sake; a complimentary Ochoko ‘cup’ to use throughout the evening; and a take-home ‘sake passport’ containing information about each brewery. Book your sake journey now at www.sakaguralondon.com/
Address: 8 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BU