Japan isn’t the first place that spring to mind when you think of deep-fried foods.
In fact it’s probably not even in the top ten.
But they happen to do them very, very well.
And to prove it, the people behind everyone’s favourite Italian-Japanese fusion spot in Hackney, Angelina, have opened a new restaurant in Soho (in their own former cocktail bar, the moodily dark Golden Gai) dedicated to the noble art of kushikatsu. For anyone who is a little rusty on their regional Japanese cuisines, kushikatsu comes from Osaka. The world literally means ‘deep-fried skewer’, and that’s pretty much what it is – a lineup of delicious foods loaded onto a prong, and delicately crisped up.
The menu offers an omakase-style selection of skewers, depending on how many you feel like having. You can expect everything from lotus root & black sesame whipped with tofu; to scallop with bergamot ponzu and Exmouth caviar; some lobster tail and hokkaido brioche (creating a ‘skewered lobster burger’); and wagyu tenderloin and white truffle.
It’s an interesting new concept, to be sure – but if it’s anywhere near as good as Angelina?
Then it definitely won’t get skewered.
NOTE: Dai Chi is open now. You can find out more, and make a booking right HERE.
Dai Chi | 16A D’Arblay Street, W1F 8EA
Like to see what else these guys are doing? Check out Angelina…