Kiri

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An izakaya-inspired Japanese joint near Oxford Street.

The extravagant exterior of this Japanese restaurant belies how humble the interiors are. Outside, you’re greeted by a wall of fairy lights and plush blue velvet seats. Inside, with its bistro chairs, tarnished mirrored bar lined with simple carafes and sake barrels on the wall, it feels like you’re in an izakaya whose owner was taken with Parisian brasseries, but wasn’t into those checked tablecloths. Within a stone’s throw of Oxford Street, it’s a calm oasis and surprisingly cosy despite being a reasonable size.

As in a traditional izakaya, it’s best to stick to beer (Asahi on draft) and sake (a fairly comprehensive selection ordered by region). A lychee martini lacked finesse.

The menu has all of the izakaya classics. I had no criticisms about the sashimi plate. Everything was wonderfully fresh and meltingly good, especially the lovely, brightly coloured tuna. And it wasn’t just the raw stuff that was delicious. The black cod was great; perfectly cooked and with a subtle amount of miso. Some dishes, though, were crying out for a little polish. The karage fried chicken was greasier than it should have been and the promised ginger undetectable. And while the tuna tataki was fresh and soft, the daikon radish inside was flabby.

It really is more hit than miss, though. Being surrounded by chains, this spot is a genuine haven.

 

By: Miriam Bouteba

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Venue name: Kiri
Address: 22 Woodstock St
London
W1C 2AR
Transport: Tube: Bond St.
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £135.
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This is my new favourite place. The kind of unassuming, seemingly effortlessly realized that you feel at home in. The food is stella and yet the ambiance, while elegant, isn't overwhelming. An proper izakaya is a place you can take a date, or a group of people after work, and this is the closest I've seen outside of Japan. I had given up on finding a place like this in London - especially one that doesn't do lasting financial damage.  Hurah!

tastemaker

Kiri Izakaya is a wanna be authentic Japanese restaurant. The interior is warm with comfy velvet chairs and wooden tables. The menu is standard and lacks Japanese authenticity. As an Izakaya, drinks menu is extensive with several sake choices. Food was average, but did taste fresh. Service was attentive. I had the £25 summer healthy set menu which was good value for Mayfair. However, it should be noted that small side dish such as pickles (a few carrot & radish batons) was counted as a course.

tastemaker

I’m always on the hunt for great Japanese food, I literally can eat this cuisine everyday, for the rest of my life. So when this new restaurant popped up, I grabbed a group of friends (and a TimeOut deal) to check it out.


What we had:

Kiri Spring menu with a glass of bubbly

  • Edamame
  • 3 kinds of sashimi (fluke, salmon, sea bass or mackerel)
  • Kiri Salad with balsamic soy dressing
  • Sweet potato croquettes (korokke) with wasabi mayonnaise
  • Miso marinated black cod with steam rice and miso soup
  • Mixed sushi selection with miso soup
  • Mochi ice-cream selection

With Japanese cuisine, as with most Asian cuisine, the key is freshness and the fish here was very fresh. Tuna is the main one that is a dead giveaway for freshness - it should never be ‘fishy’ in flavour and the flesh should be firm, uniform, and ‘spring’ back to its form when touched. It should not be stringy or have any degradation in the flesh or any fading or dullness in colour. The salad was well dressed and the croquettes came out piping hot. The black cod was the star of the show - deliciously buttery, silky and perfectly cooked. That umami with some fluffy Japanese rice was exactly what I needed. The portion sizes are decent here and the service attentive and pleasant. Though good mochi can go a long way, this one wasn’t much to write home about, nevertheless an overall tasty experience and I would consider going back to try other dishes on their menu.


Tip: The TimeOut deal is the way to go to try a range of their dishes for a very very good price, as their normal à la carte menu is on the more expensive end (from around £15 and up).


Good For: date night, large groups, catch up with friends, something special

Tastemaker

One of the most comical meals I had.... and not in a good way. The food was alright. It portrays a sense of authenticity when it truly is not. It really is trying to punch at the level of a zuma but unfortunately still has far to go... Why do I think it is comical? They got our orders wrong, the table on my left they completely lost their order (and informed them only half an hour later), the table on my right had a waitress drop their sushi just before delivering to the table... The only plus is the great location near bond street and also one attentive waiter who was trying his best to provide calm amidst the chaos. 


Kiri offers a true piece of authentic Tokyo style izakaya experience in the heart of Mayfair. The staff really know their food and offer perfect sake pairings from their extensive selection! Highly recommend it!


New kid on the block, a little hidden, we found them by their secret back door on South Molton Street. Izakaya means this is a place for booze AND food. Sushi is good but go for the interesting stuff. Rabbit skewers, octopus carpaccio, fluke with truffle. 


Sake is a must, why would you drink wine (although you can). Ask staff to help with recommendations. 


Cosy, relaxed, nice place.  


Lovely restaurant with such a good atmosphere. We felt so welcome by the staff and the food is amazing. Kiri got such a list of delicious sake to pair the food with, it is a great opportunity to taste new things, and the staff is very helpful by giving advice. Don't miss out on the Ribeye steak with yakiniku sauce that the staff carved at the table, absolutely stunning! Also the aubergine in miso paste and the black cod are very good, we will be back!


Really loved Kiri. I always think service makes such a big difference to a dining experience and Kiri was spot on. Friendly and professional. Also clearly new what they were talking about when it came to the food. Great value too.


Absolutely loved this place! Down a quiet back street just near Bond Street, you'd never know you were in Central London just a stones throw from manic Oxford Street. Perfect for post shopping lunch or dinner. I'm always on the look out for unpretentious and affordable Japanese food (it's my favourite) and can wholly vouch for this spot. I'd highly recommend the lemon sole karage, octopus carpaccio, and the Wagyu steak with miso sauce. YUM!