Nov 1 2014



Ramusake is a private members restaurant and club on Old Bromtpon Road. It is located in the place where Old Brompton club (also private members) used to be, where I have been a few times. I am not a member at Ramusake and neither are my friends, but as it was our first time visiting them and the place is new, they let us into Ramusake to have dinner and then we could decide whether to join them. Membership costs £250/ year, which is not expansive when compared to what some of the other clubs in London cost, but I was not tempted to join.

Ramusake is a fun place created by Scott Hallworth (ex Nobu and Kurobuta) and Piers Adams (expert on cocktails, music and vibe). I love Kurobuta, it is one of my favourite casual London restaurants and the menu in Ramusake was similar, only shorter, and most of the dishes on Ramusake menu, I had either seen or had in Kurobuta. Also I thought prices maybe were a bit cheaper at Kurobuta, but I am not sure, and would not like to bet on it.

The vibe in Ramusake was fun, we arrived quite early at 6.30 and by 7.30 the place was almost full and it had a nice buzzing vibe and it was not too loud, which is good. As we had to wait a bit for our dinner buddies to arrive, we ordered “Flamed Edamame with Sake, Lemon, Butter and Maldon Salt” and “Sweet Potato and Soba-Ko Fries with Sauce” to start with. The flamed edamame was very good. It had a better flavor than the classical edamame, as it had a charred flavour to it from the flaming and a sort of buttery and lemon flavor as well, besides the salt, the edamame was very good. The sweet potato fries went down very well, they were so easy to eat, I especially liked the coriander sauce that went with them,

Just like in Kurobuta, in Ramusake they suggested you order 2/3 dishes per person. Luke really wanted to try their “Beef Fillet Tataki with Onion Ponzu and Garlic Crisps”, Lasma went for the “Tuna Sashimi Pizza with Truffle Ponzu, Red Onions and Green Chillies”, which she loved. I had had so many sweet potato fries that I just ordered a green salad, and my boyfriend went for the salmon sashimi and kimch. There was no sign of kimchi in my boyfriend’s dish. There was just salmon, sauce and these weird straws that tasted of nothing. I liked my green salad, it had a nice Japanese dressing, thinly cut vegetables, it was a decent salad.

We also ordered fried chicken buns, sort of like Japanese mini burgers with fried chicken inside of them, that have recently become very popular in London. I quite liked them, it was not the best this sort of bun though, I recently had one in Yo Sushi that I actually thought was better, but it was quite decent. Luke wanted to try their “Tea Smoked Lamb with Smokey Nasu and Spicy Korean Miso”. He and Lasma really liked it. I tasted it and found the flavor pleasantly smokey, you could definitely feel the lamb was smoked, it was an unusual nice flavor. My boyfriend ordered the “Miso Grilled Baby Chicken with Spicy Lemon Garlic Sauce”, which I unfortunately forgot to take a picture off until there was only a small piece left. It was nice and flavoursome. I ordered a grilled sea bass on a bed of soba risotto with mushrooms, which I thought was an unusual and a very good dish. The fish was moist and flaky and it was unusual to have a buckwheat (soba) risotto and it worked so well. Lasma ordered grilled prawns and she got 2 big prawns, which Luke thought were too big and too garlicky.

I liked Ramusake, Lasma and Luke especially liked the atmosphere, but I think you don’t need to pay £250 to be a member there to go eat there, as you can just go to Kurobuta instead and have the same meal, with a bit more choice. Ramusake gets a lower rating than Kurobuta, as even though I thought the food was similar, I prefer the whole vibe of Kurobuta more. Both places describe themselves as a Japanese izakaya, and you can feel it much more in Kurobuta.

Date: 01/ 11/ 14
Location: South Kensington
Price for 4 people with alcohol and service charge: £228.94

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92B Old Brompton Road SW7 5LR
United Kingdom
Ramusake Reviewed by Hungry Bee Maija on . Rating: 3.5