Kiri

Kiri restaurant is a Japanese drinking den off Oxford street, which serves modern izakaya dishes.

Kiri restaurant

Being a place for drinking than then menu can’t be short of a selection of drinks. There is a range wines, beer, sake and shochu. For those who want non-alcoholic drinks there is also a range of soft drinks and Japanese tea.

Kiri restaurant

For food, there are a range of fish, meat and vegetable small plates. We ordered a selection of dishes on the menu at the time.

  • Buta kawa chips (£2) is pork scratching which is not for every one taste buds. They were very crunchy, a bit too much for my liking.
  • Gyu tataki (£15) is seared wagyu steak with ponzu. This was one of my favourite dish with really tender steak and served in a refreshing citrus ponzu sauce.
  • Tako no carpaccio (£4.50) is thinly sliced octopus served in a wasabi dressing
  • Agedashu tofu (£5) is a Japanese fried tofu which at Kiri is served in shiitake mushroom sauce. Using shiitake mushroom as the sauce compliment the tofu well. It was different to the usual agedashu tofu which is tend to be served in soya sauce.
  • Uzura-niku no norimaki age (£12) is deep-fried quail rolled in seaweed
  • Gindara misoyaki (£20) is black cod which is flavoured in miso. There is nothing better than the combination of cod and miso.
  • Hotate to ebi no gratin (£9.50) is creamy crab, scallop and prawn gratin.

Kiri also offered robata skewers on the menu and I got to try both of them:

  • Wagyu kushiyaki (£7.50 per skewer) is chunky Wagyu beef served with a black pepper sauce.
  • Getsuyo kushiyaki (£3.80 per skewer) is marinated rabbit meat.

Kiri restaurant

We also tried the dessert Kiri offered the evening we visited but it was not that exciting. But a meal is not complete will out some thing sweet to finish off.

Kiri restaurant

Kiri restaurant

Overall the food was not bad at Kiri but I felt some of the dishes were expensive. It is a nice place for a drink and having a light bite. But do not expect to walk out of the restaurant filling full without draining your cash dry, especially if you have a big appetite.

Kiri restaurant

(Menu and prices correct at the time of dining)

Kiri
22-23 Woodstock Street
W1C 2AR
London

http://kiri-london.com

Vapiano (London)

I remember the excitment when I first discovered Vapiano back in 2009, where you use a chip card to order. This place is brilliant to go with some friends for lunch or dinner, since with their great idea of a chip card you have no fuss in spliting up the bill.

It is so simple, when you arrive at the restaurant each customers are given a chip card which is use to order food and/or drinks from the bar or any of the pizza, pasta or salads counters. You just need to go up to any of these counter and scan your chip card, then let the chef know what you want to order. They will prepare your food which you can eat at any of the tables on the ground or first floor. Once you have finish and ready to leave, you go to the till with your chip card to pay the bill. Since you each get a card, you do not even need to get a calculator to work out what each person need to pay!

The resturant has a layout that is smiliar to a food court that offers the world of Italian cusines. There are a range of menu cards – one for the food, wine list and a separate one for hot and soft drinks.

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

Vapiano is a great place that is casual and relaxing to have lunch or dinner. It has that atmosphere which is suitable to sit here for hours in the accompany of friends, which is probabaly why it can be busy on a Friday evening due to this attraction.

Part of Vapiano does remind me of a bar with their red sofa area. But then there are some area which make me feel I have step in to the countryside, especially with their little room that is filled with herb plants. You can go in and grab the different herbs to bring it back to your table and add it to your dish.

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

We did make use of these plants since our Basil plant soon got chewed up by the end of evening. But fresh basil taste so nice on pasta or pizza, it even brighten the look of any of these dishes.

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

My favouraite is ordering a pasta as I get to watch the chef cook cook the dish in your very eyes. At the same time you can let them know if you do not want nuts, cheese or garlic etc. You even get to choose the type of pasta (pappardelle, spaghetti, penne, linguine, conchigile, campanelle, fusilli, tagliatelle etc) you want to use in your dish, so you are in control. In minutes the chef will have a beautiful pasta dish served up.

Here are some pasta that we have ordered:

From pasta group A – Funghi which is a pasta dish with oyster and button mushrooms in a cream sauce .

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

From pasta group D – Granchi di fiume that is a lobster sauce pasta dish with crayfish and vegetables.

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

From pasta group B – Carbonara

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

From pasta group D – Salsiccia con fichi which is a tomato suace based pasta dish with spicy Italian sausage and figs.

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

As well as salads, pasta and pizza, there is also a range of desserts including Death by Chocolate, Tiramisu, Panna cotta, Cheesecake etc.

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

With the dessert, how about enjoy it with a tea since you get it one of these fancy teapot or is a cup? Actually it is both which make it tempting for me to own one.

The cup at the bottom you would fill with hot water and the tea leave sits on top ready for you to pour in to brew the tea.

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

It make a great teapot for one and much easier to clean then a teapot!

Vapiano (London Oxford Street)

Since it almost like a food court you cannot expect your food to be brought over to you. But it is a great experience and make a change for a night out in town.

One advice is that you should look for a seat before you make any order, that is why Vapiano is better to go with at least a friend, so one can guard the seat and the other can get the food.

(Above is correct at the time of dining)

Vapiano (London)
19-21 Great Portland Street,
London,
W1W 8QB

www.vapiano.de/uk/