The extensive Japanese-inspired tapas menu makes deciding what to order a fiendishly difficult undertaking. In fact, it’s probably best to order some snacks to nibble on while you tackle the task. Edamame beans in a tangy dipping sauce and glorious, golden duck fat fries with truffle salt and ‘bull’s eye’ mayo make good candidates. Portion sizes vary depending on the dish, but the food is so full of flavour that two plates – or a maximum of three – should be more than enough per person.
Next, make sure you order at least one portion of the forbidden black rice risotto. Made with a gloriously fragrant tom yum coconut cream, it’d be thoroughly moreish even without the crayfish popcorn on top. From the tochi (land) section of the menu, the pork belly roast with red miso and nashi pear sauce is predictably good, as is the beef fillet tataki with miso aioli and coconut cream.
On the veg side, the tempura butternut with pickled butternut and ponzu mayo is a surprising triumph that’ll make you wonder why batter and deep-frying has been reserved for just onions all these years.
All of Morrisby’s dishes are full of punchy flavour, and the majority are well-resolved. Possibly the only dish that doesn’t get our vote is the yellowtail sashimi, which gets a little lost beneath a layer of fuji apple and sweet potato crisps.
Finish with a Kyoto coffee with Nikka black whiskey, coconut cream and a cinnamon doughnut, or a rather too-subtle banana cream pie with a good peanut butter ice cream.
Sip on a signature cocktail, sake, Japanese beer, or a bottle of wine from the well-curated list.
Staff are friendly and natural – but make sure to let them know if you’d like them to stagger your order. Else you’ll find some of your fellow diners hoarding three dishes at a time while you wait for one.
Although the interior is buzzy and edgy, the more relaxed terrace overlooking the street is the place to be on balmy evenings.
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