It was first sushi that took this town by a storm. Bite-size pieces of seasoned rice topped with raw fish, or rolled and encased in seaweed with an imaginative range of other ingredients, still remain stylish and trendy today. Then more recently, the tonkotsu ramen, with its creamy pork broth and thin noodles, was given the spotlight, and now the Japanese have finally brought their BBQ over here as well. With a mini grill installed onto every table, plates of meat and vegetables are brought out and you, the diner, get to cook away with a pair of metal tongs throughout the meal. Yakiniku, as it’s called in Japanese, and Kintan is apparently the first of its kind in London.
There is an a la carte menu including one-bowl dishes but also BBQ set menus. In the Kintan set menu, first came a round of appetizers, most of which one could well do without: there was the compulsory edamame beans, a rather bland plate of stir-fried noodles, a mediocre salad -- but one thing was exceptional and that was the “Tuna Tartar Volcano”. The tuna itself is finely chopped and held together by a light dressing with a spicy kick and plenty of chopped spring onion and chives. That’s topped with salty cod roe and it’s altogether generously piled on top of a ball of fried rice which is hot and crispy on the outside and very well seasoned on the inside.
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