Kirazu
Cuisine: Japanese
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Verdict based on 6 critic, 3 blogger and 0 user reviews and awards
Restaurant Profile »

Address: 47 Rupert Street, London W1D 7PD

Website: Visit restaurant website

Telephone: +44 20 3356 8900

Small Soho restaurant serving three types of ramen – shio (salt), shoyu (soy sauce) and miso – along with some Japanese side dishes.

Latest reviews of Kirazu

Grace_Dent

Grace Dent, Evening Standard

3 October 2014

This is some of the finest Japanese food one will find in London. Beef tataki arrived lightly seared but prettily pink on a scant bed of lettuce and was inhaled. Squidy, slightly sweet turbot arrived, followed by a bowl of soothingly bland tofu with spicy minced beef atop. We ate ravenously and appreciatively, but nothing really masked for me the fact that Kirazu is a damn miserable place to spend any time…

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Nicholas Lander, Financial Times

1 August 2014

When we ate there all the dishes were excitingly fresh but the highlights were  tuna, scallop and salmon sashimi served in a razor clam; octopus carpaccio in a  spicy marinade with salmon roe; prawn tempura; chicken teriyaki wrapped in a  pancake; and a bowl of simmered bamboo and seaweed. And because this is  effectively a one-man show, prices are very reasonable…

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Joe-Warwick

Joe Warwick (Metro), Metro

17 October 2013

The service is unlikely to further your understanding of the menu. None of which matters as everything we try from karaage and chicken teriyaki to the Osaka-born speciality that is takoyaki (octopus-filled balls of batter) are accomplished reminders of why I love Japanese food…

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Chris Pople, Cheese and Biscuits

3 October 2013

Seventy pounds for half a dozen miniscule portions of mainly decent Japanese food and a drink or two. This is not value, and coupled with the horrible seating arrangements (…) and scatty service, and you have yourself all the ingredients for a rather mediocre evening out. I didn’t hate Kirazu, despite their best efforts, but I doubt you’ll see me there again…

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What the Critics say

Grace_Dent

Grace Dent, Evening Standard

3 October 2014

This is some of the finest Japanese food one will find in London. Beef tataki arrived lightly seared but prettily pink on a scant bed of lettuce and was inhaled. Squidy, slightly sweet turbot arrived, followed by a bowl of soothingly bland tofu with spicy minced beef atop. We ate ravenously and appreciatively, but nothing really masked for me the fact that Kirazu is a damn miserable place to spend any time…

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Nicholas Lander, Financial Times

1 August 2014

When we ate there all the dishes were excitingly fresh but the highlights were  tuna, scallop and salmon sashimi served in a razor clam; octopus carpaccio in a  spicy marinade with salmon roe; prawn tempura; chicken teriyaki wrapped in a  pancake; and a bowl of simmered bamboo and seaweed. And because this is  effectively a one-man show, prices are very reasonable…

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Joe-Warwick

Joe Warwick (Metro), Metro

17 October 2013

The service is unlikely to further your understanding of the menu. None of which matters as everything we try from karaage and chicken teriyaki to the Osaka-born speciality that is takoyaki (octopus-filled balls of batter) are accomplished reminders of why I love Japanese food…

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AA Gill, The Sunday Times

11 August 2013

The menu is small, but not as small as the dishes it advertises. Japanese food is already small. Cross it with tapas and it becomes Lilliputian, doll’s house tea…

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Time Out

Celia Plender, Time Out

26 July 2013

Despite the understated exterior, Kirazu’s ad-hoc interior wouldn’t be out of place in a hip Hackney eatery (…) Conger eel, a classic summer food that the Japanese say can cool you down on a hot day, was served grilled in a sweet soy-based sauce with a few slices of cucumber. Salmon sashimi was burnished with a blowtorch, imbuing the silky flesh with a delicate hint of smoke…

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Fay Maschler, Evening Standard

17 July 2013

Dry-fried balls of an egg-rich batter enclosing diced octopus, pickled ginger and green onion are dressed with thin ribbons of mayonnaise and a savoury emulsion akin to Worcestershire sauce then crowned with seaweed and shavings and wavings of dried bonito. It is a mix of sweet, sharp, smoky, soft and crunchy that is tantalising and mutable but has innocence at its heart…

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What the Bloggers say

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Chris Pople, Cheese and Biscuits

3 October 2013

Seventy pounds for half a dozen miniscule portions of mainly decent Japanese food and a drink or two. This is not value, and coupled with the horrible seating arrangements (…) and scatty service, and you have yourself all the ingredients for a rather mediocre evening out. I didn’t hate Kirazu, despite their best efforts, but I doubt you’ll see me there again…

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Edward Smith, Rocket and Squash

13 September 2013

There’s huge potential at Kirazu. The chef does a lot in a tiny space equipped with almost nothing. There are dishes on the menu that I haven’t seen elsewhere in London and many of them are done well. But instead of predicting continued invention and improvement (…), it’s hard to imagine the chef can continue to be creative when acting as a one man mass canapé maker…

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PickyGlutton

The Picky Glutton, pickyglutton.com

20 May 2013

Kirazu isn’t the biggest or most elaborate of London’s ramen restaurants, but it’s easily one of the finest with simple, inexpensive yet tasty ramen that warms the cockles…

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