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Suntory Whisky’s Japanese Journey

October 9, 2015

The London Restaurant Festival has been in full swing for over a week, and the heady scent of a thousand different cuisines mingling in the city air has us all ravenously hungry.

Now, we were never ones to miss out on a little Japanese cuisine (the Candid team is anxiously awaiting new Kings Cross restaurant Wazen’s official opening next week), so when we heard about Suntory Whisky’s Japanese Journey, we’ll admit we got more than a little excited. A whisky named Hibiki Japanese Harmony you say? Why yes, we’ll take more than a sip of that to wash down our various delectable dishes, arigato. We’re all for celebrating good food after all.

But first, hungry diners must pick up a passport (the very best kind) to embark on this particular culinary journey. For passport holders are granted access to six participating restaurants over selected weekends in October; and that’s six of the very best ramen bars, sushi restaurants and Izakayas in London. From Soho to Knightsbridge and beyond, participating restaurants are as follows:

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Shoryu Ramen, 3 Denman Street, W1D 7HA

Shoryu does its Michelin Guide recommendation proud, specialising in Hakata tonkotsu ramen from the Hakata district of Fukuoka, though it’s a firm Candid favourite for its sensational fluffy hirata buns.

Bó Drake, 6 Greek Street, W1D 4DE

With a focus on barbecued delicacies, Bo Drake creates dishes with both eastern and western influence.

Tonkotsu, 1 Dunston Street, E8 4EB

Ramen, ramen, everywhere. Homemade ramen is Tonkotsu East’s speciality and diners can watch the noodles being prepared in a traditional machine imported from Japan.

Chisou, 4 Princes Street, W1B 2LE

Hidden away in a converted townhouse, Chisou Knightsbridge takes its authentic cuisine very seriously and serves up mouthwatering sushi and sashimi.


Kurobuta, 312 King’s Rd, SW3 5UH

Inspired by the traditional informal Izakaya drinking dens of Japan, Kurobuta plates up small tapas style dishes to soak up the booze.

Yashin Ocean House, 117-119 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3RN

Led by Yasuhiro Mineno, the former head chef at Ubon by Nobu, Yashin Ocean House is focused on seafood, served in an elegant setting.

At every restaurant, diners will be invited to demolish a choice of small plates accompanied by a cocktail, such as a highball; a refreshing blend of whisky and soda over ice, aimed to complement flavours and cleanse the palate. Each drink will have Suntory at its core, a whisky founded by Shinjiro Torii, who created the very first Japanese whisky over 90 years ago.

So, we suggest you join us to do The Land of Rising Sun proud. Tickets cost £63.30 per person and are available on the London Restaurant Festival’s website. Passports are valid at all participating restaurants from 12 – 6pm on selected weekends: 10th & 11th, 17th & 18th and 24th & 25th October 2015.

Words by Annie Biziou

Japanese Journey