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Kobe Jones: Japanese and fusion
My friends in London got us a table at this restaurant with a special discount in honour of the 60'th anniversary of the Cannes film festival (connection to London and Kobe Jones is left to the imagination!). We went there 4 people and ended up paying approximately 90 dollars each, a reasonable price considering the size of the meal and the general price level of London restaurants.
We were seated in a cozy booth, which made the experience quite intimate - the restaurant was reasonably packed but had it been empty this would not have been immideately obvious.
We decided to all order the special shared menu consisting of 5 servings, each with 3-5 different dishes. Most, if not all of these were excellent, and each was served with just the right time for savouring the one before starting on the next. The food was mainly japanese style with a bit of an american touch, so strict sushi lovers might find it slightly vulgar, but the taste and quality was top-notch in our opinion. Even my girlfriend, who is no great fan of sushi, enjoyed the california maki rolls immensely!
We shared two bottles of the white wine of the house (quite acceptable) and four bottles of water.
Favorite Dish: Difficult to say - everything was very tasty! If I have to single something out, the fried crab was exceptionally delicious...
Kobe Jones: Kobe Jones - Japanese near Tottenham Court Road
One windy winters evening Alex and I ventured to Kobe Jones for dinner - intrigued by the sound of the 'Californian Japanese' cuisine, and attracted by a special deal offering 50% off the price of our meal!!
Kobe Jones is located just off Tottenham Court Road, near the Oxford Street junction. Its website describes it as "a modern Japanese Restaurant with a twist", meaning that the food is based upon a combination of "eastern spices and the Californian flavours of the west".
Inside, the décor is dark and stylish. There is an attractive bar area at the front, and then the dining area behind it which has intriguing little dining rooms along the edges - just big enough for a small group of friends or for a romantic meal.
Service was very friendly throughout our visit. I got the feeling our waitress may have been fairly new, but she was so lovely we didn't mind that she didn't know how to pour a beer or that she spilt our water everywhere.
Favorite Dish: Arriving a little early for our reservation we decided to have a drink in the bar first. From the small cocktail list we both chose the Eastern Mojito - which was made with vodka instead of rum. It was good.
We were then seated in the main part of the restaurant and started to trawl through the menu trying to decide what, and how much, to order. We liked the sound of the starters the best, so decided to order four of those and just one main meal to share - our waitress told us that this would be a good amount of food. (note to self: it was too much food!)
The highlight of the meal was the first thing we ate, called Number One Special, a warm ball of Crab Salad with avocado wrapped in snapper and baked with KJ's cream sauce. It was delicious. Next we had some Prawn & Vegetable Tempura which was ok, but the batter was a bit too heavy.
Then onto some Rainbow Rolls - Tuna, salmon, kingfish, snapper, prawn and avocado layered on top of a California roll with sesame seed sprinkle. These were quite nice, but the fish wasn't as tender as it should have been.
The other starter we had was terrible. It was called Dynamite Baked Scallops, but was far from dynamite! It consisted of some thinly sliced scallops in a creamy sauce on a bed of rice, with sliced raw mushroom on top, covered with a sugary, spicy tomato sauce and then all covered with some sort of cheap tasting cheese wiz or something. Not good.
The main course was Seared Tuna Steak au Poivre with seafood risotto. This was nicely cooked and presented but I wasn't that keen....and was pretty full by that stage anyway.
Some Asahi beer helped us to wash it all down and our friendly waitress kept us smiling even if the food wasn't up to the standard you would expect from somewhere this pricy - thank goodness for the 50% off!
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