Japanese Restaurant in Battersea
Kibou is a Japanese restaurant in Battersea which is a hot kitchen, sushi and ramen bar all in one. We were greeted by a lovely floral entryway and bright fun interiors with wall art and cosy, contemporary furnishings.
Japanese cocktails at Kibou
The menu is extensive with a focus on day to night eating complete with impressive cocktails to accompany the dishes. We had the Tanoshii: Tequila, melon, ginger, lemongrass and Yuzu Smash with Nikka Days, yuzu sake, shiso (both £9.95). Both drinks were presented beautifully – the vibrant green Tanoshii had a real wow factor and the Yuzu Smash was garnished with an origami crane. Flavours were equally fabulous for both – the Tanoshii was punchy and strong and the yuzu smash was lovely, citrusy and refreshing.
The menu has something for everyone – from sharer plates, bao buns and gyoza to start with to larger plates of ramen, poke, salads, curry and a lovely selection of sushi.
We tried the following dishes from the main menu:
- GUNKAN: 2 piece, nori wrapped around rice & topped with ikura (£7.90)
- TEMPURA soft shell crab: lightly battered, with crispy, handmade tempura flakes, served with tempura sauce (£11.50)
- POKE BOWL: rice bowl topped with mango, avocado, radish, spring onion, crispy onion, grated carrot, sesame, goma wakame with soy & honey dressed salmon sashimi (£12.90)
- RAMEN: noodles, tea-stained boiled egg, bean sprouts, pak choi, naruto, spring onion, ginger, bamboo shoots, nori, sesame & crispy onion with japanese braised pork belly (£13.90)
We thoroughly enjoyed every dish we tried. We loved the freshness of the vibrant salmon poke and the warming bowl of pork belly ramen noodles really hit the spot with its rich deep flavours. The crab tempura was also lovely and crisp.
We had to sample a little of the dessert menu after such wonderful mains. The Yuzu cheesecake (£6.50) yuzu curd topped mascarpone cheesecake with a classic biscuit base was ultra creamy with a lovely mild citrusy yuzu hit from the curd.
We also tried the Japanese Garden (v) (£6.50): chocolate ganache topped with sesame mousse and finished with chocolate soil. It was a lovely light yet indulgent chocolate number presented beautifully with colourful edible flowers.
Overall Kibou hugely exceeded our expectations. The vast menu had an exciting amount of choice and a good opportunity to try different dishes. The attention to detail is obvious from the textures, colours, presentations, interiors and service. Kibou is a fabulous spot for impressive Japanese dining, a real feast for the senses in more than one way.
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