K10 is a “kaiten” restaurant, as in conveyer belt, no surprise then that Christopher Kemper cut his culinary teeth working with SimonWoodroffe at Yo Sushi during their start up and early development. Christopher has taken the basic concept added a more sophisticated selection of food and less cafesque and more restaurant feel to this first addition to his expanding chain.
Bursting with enthusiasm and hunger I was the first to arrive with my erstwhile and glamorous colleague from the Londonist, (www.londonist.com) a good half an hour before our expected arrival. We were warmly and immediately welcomed by Chris and his business partner Maurice Abboudi. Drinks first! Regular readers will know by now that I always start with a beer wherever I’m eating. Rather than have the traditional Japanese beer of Asahi, I opted for Owa ‘Japanese’ Beer,5.5% www.owabeer.com a dark delicious beer, served ice cold and brewed in Belgium by a Japanese company.
The food on offer is a mixture of traditional Japanese and new creations imaginatively created for a more Western pallet; dishes were joinked off the belt at an alarming speed by my ebullient friend and plonked in front of me with a “You really have to try this.” I was told traditionally one starts with the lightest foods such as sashimi (raw fish) and moves towards the fattier, fried foods like tempura and so on.
It was time for another cold sake, this time it was the Masumi “Kuden Kantsukuri” 15% from Nagano, £17.50 and equally as good as the first. It didn’t last long.
K10 mainly caters for the weekday city workers around Liverpool Street so shuts around 9.30pm and is closed at weekends. For those on the go there are competitively priced pre-prepared sushi and sashimi sets and a takeaway counter where freshly made hot food is available. They also do deliveries throughout the City and Canary Wharf and are happy to quote for corporate events and parties. Special offers are always available online and in house; the current £6.50 lunch deal is a real bargain.
There are few foods I would desire to eat everyday but Japanese is one of them. I never tire of its freshness, or its myriad of delicate and subtle flavours. It’s a big compliment to K10 that at the end of the evening our stack of empty plates was the highest in the whole restaurant, so high in fact, they photographed it for posterity!
3 Appold Street
020 7539 9209