Kiri only opened in autumn 2016 and is already receiving the highest of praise from diners. The name refers to a tool used by Japanese master carpenters and is indicative of the craftsmanship that goes into the restaurant’s dishes. In true Japanese style, presentation is as important as taste, and the colourful food is artistically presented in elegant ceramic and lacquered dishes.
The small plates are modern takes on the food from izakaya, or traditional Japanese bars, and the decor is informal but the service second to none. True to its izakaya origins, Kiri serves Asahi beer on tap, Niigata by the bottle, an exclusive selection of imported sake and a wide variety of wine, as well as Japanese tea, coffee and soft drinks. On the evening menu you will find exciting fusion dishes such as kaisen ceviche, pork belly with kimchi, and tomatoes and mozzarella with sesame dressing, as well as Japanese classics such as sashimi, maki sushi and miso soup. Larger plates also feature, including the likes of deep-fried lemon sole with plum and shiso, wagyu steak with miso sauce, and quail rolled in seaweed and deep fried.
A quick and simple menu is available at lunchtime, offering donburi rice bowl dishes with a range of fish or chicken toppings, sushi, sashimi and steamed hirata buns. All lunch options are served with salad, rice, pickles, miso soup and a dessert, making for a satisfying and great-value meal. Kiri is a wonderful find and is sure to receive further acclaim.