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Kurumaya Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kurumaya.co.uk/
  • Phone: 0207 236 0236
  • Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri: 5:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: No

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Kurumaya
Offering a wide range of Japanese cuisine, Kurumaya restaurant near Mansion House in the City of London is one restaurant that takes you on a thrilling trip to the East. Bringing together two ways of dining, Kurumaya offers the ideal setting for anything from a romantic dinner to a quick working lunch. In the basement you’ll find an intimate but modern a la carte restaurant where mouth-watering Japanese cuisine can be enjoyed in tatami-seating style. On the ground floor, however, Kurumaya offers a more relaxed setting – the Kaiten bar. Here, the celebrated sushi, maki and sashimi of experienced head chef Rico Venzon trundles by on a conveyor belt and a selection of hot dishes can be ordered. At lunchtime the ambience is buzzy and friendly around the wedge-shaped sushi bar and the fish is so fresh it almost jumps off the plate. The wine list tends towards whites, sakes and Japanese beers.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The sushi was good a reasonably priced for the area. For a main 4 people shared the Shabu-Shabu (a hot pot) which we found to be a very expensive gimic at £80 as there was only a small amount of meat and a lot of padding with cheap vegetables. We would have been very happy with the food if we stuck with the sushi and that is what I recommend everyone does."
    dined on 04/06/2014
  • "The first thing to note is that we didn't stop to eat, we walked out ( therefore I have rated the food averagely as I'm not in a position to comment. As a place for sushi lunch I'm sure it's fantastic and the upstairs looked fine. But as soon as you decend into the basement - the restaurant - it all goes wrong, ugly aged and dirty. Even the staff weren't surprised when we did a 180. The decor didn't reflect the price point, location or more importantly anything to do with Japan (except for a couple of sunken formica tables). Poor - very poor. "
    dined on 02/05/2014
  • "We had dinner at Kurumaya on a Thursday, surprisingly it was not that busy. The food was nice but nothing outstanding. The sushi was fresh. The service was quite good. "
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Love this place. Food is always lovely. The traditional seating area is one of the reason I keep coming back."
    dined on 18/03/2014
  • "We went here for dinner and were pleasantly surprised by the food - and the bill! - On the pricey side, but the food was good. Just a shame about the actual restaurant location - downstairs in a small cafe-style set up."
    dined on 21/02/2014
  • "Very impressed from the moment we entered. The food was prepared to a very high standard, brought out in a timely fashion. Couldn't fault the service. Looking to go again in the near future."
    dined on 14/02/2014
  • "The food is fresh and the noodle soups and bento boxes are large and I think good value. Individual sushi seems expensive (2 pieces per portion) but it is fresh and delicious - not the mass produced sushi you get in some establishments. I eat here frequently, it's just so good."
    dined on 16/12/2013
  • "Somewhat of a regular here now! Food is always lovely and service is unfalterable. Will always return."
    dined on 12/11/2013
  • "I'm not sure why this place wasn't busier. Good suchi, straightforward service."
    dined on 05/09/2013
  • "Having to take your shoes off Japanese style was a nice touch, but then the room was a touch spoilt by high air conditioning, slightly loud music and the lights could have been a little less bright. Service and food was excellent, portions a little small however."
    dined on 31/07/2013
  • "I came here with a few friends as we would be in the area of St Pauls and wanted a good meal. My mum and I had the Sashimi moriawase tray which included: Tuna, salmon, mackerel, seabass, hamachi. It was very filling and very delicious while my husband had a delicious Katsu curry. The grilled aubergine with ginger was bland and not the usual sweet delicacy you get in many Japanese restaurants. The blackened Cod was really quite nice and crumbled beautifully. Overall I would recommend and it's fair value for money."
    dined on 12/06/2013
  • "Amazing sushi, decent price, but really quiet on a Friday night (to be expected in this neck of the woods I guess). Long lunch heaven though I reckon)."
    dined on 24/05/2013
  • "Always a lovely and pleasant experience - highly recommend that you sit in the traditional section of the restaurant (shoes off!). Staff are always happy and friendly, food is served quickly and everything is yummy. Great for a special night out with the girls, or to share a meal with a partner."
    dined on 16/05/2013
  • "The sushi here was absolutely amazing. So fresh and the service was great. It was fun to sit in the no shoes area japanese style. The only thing that let it down was we were the only diners in the restaurant. It seems this is a more lively lunch restaurant."
    dined on 15/05/2013
  • "Admittedly I'm a big eater, but even for an average eater I think the sushi portions are a bit too small for the price you pay. We had the special 7-variety platter for two (£34.50) and was assured this was a main for two people, but I have felt more full up eating just starters at other restaurants!! sushi itself was decent, particularly the Toro, but 8 to 9 pieces of standard-sized sushi, no matter how decent, for close to £20 per head, is way too pricey for me. Other dishes such as the sukiyaki from the neighbouring table looked good, but I won't be back so won't have a chance to find out."
    dined on 08/02/2013
  • "The sushi was very good. I recommend ordering the chefs choice for 60, 80 or 120. Good selection and very good value. The service is a bit slow but good for a relaxing after work dinner as long as you bring good company and conversation. Be prepared to take off your shoes and sit on the "floor". But again fun to eat dinner that comes on a boat, in your socks and sitting on the floor. Not many restaurants can claim that experience."
    dined on 23/10/2012
  • "Food is miles better than high street chains, good value ! Will go again. Downstairs are better than conveyor belt area upstairs."
    dined on 18/10/2012
  • "Reliable and good value. Definitely a solid neighbourhood sushi bar"
    dined on 12/10/2012
  • "Lovely food as always. Very quiet on a Monday night!"
    dined on 16/04/2012
  • "Had dinner in the restuarant downstairs off the a la carte menu. Was rather noisy even though only one other table was occupied. Service was a tad on the slow side, but rather glad I wasn't in a hurry. Food was passable and not particularly memorable, not anything to write home about. Serious attention to portion control (but this was a Japanese, and it should be expected). I didn't go hungry, but definately won't get fat either. Probably would have had a fright if I had to pay the bill!"
    dined on 12/04/2012
  • "Early evening on a Friday night was completely dead and the bright lighting and lack of music did nothing to add to the ambience. Food was tasty and reasonably priced for the area though."
    dined on 03/02/2012
  • "Very good food and friendly service. Let down only by the fact that they have bright spot lights in the ceiling that cannot be dimmed so the atmosphere suffers somewhat."
    dined on 08/12/2011
  • "We went to Kurumaya near St Pauls Cathedral for a work team-meal of 10. The menu was wonderfully varied, offering a range to suit various tastes and budgets, but it is the ambience really sells this place. We were made to remove shoes, and were seated around a table in a lowered pit with bamboo matting on the floor."
    dined on 15/11/2011
  • "Sushis at Kurumaya are decently priced. The set meals (Donburi, Bento etc) are slightly more pricey but you get a delicious, fresh meal. I've been here 4 times and the place is always practically deserted which is a bonus if you want a quiet place to chat."
    dined on 10/11/2011
  • "Lovely experience with very fresh and light food. Very tucked away, you can't tell how pretty it is inside from the outside - but do pop in!"
    dined on 28/10/2011
  • "Great Sushi and very fast service for a reasonable price"
    dined on 13/10/2011
  • "A large group of us ate out Kurumaya on a Friday night. Although we were a large group, there were only a couple of other tables and service was slightly slow. We had to repeat requests a few times when it was clear that they had forgotten something. However, the food was delicious. The fried aubergine in miso sauce starter was a highlight and everyone was very pleased with their main dishes. The meal was extremely reasonable and despite slow service, I would visit again for the food."
    dined on 30/09/2011
  • "Kurumaya (City of London) was a nice venue for a quiet meal. However I would say that on a friday evening it was too quiet - few diners and no atmosphere at all! Perhaps this is to be expected in the city, which becomes dead at weekends. The food was lovely and very cheap. We shared some good sushi and miso soup for a starter, I had the seabass (heavenly) and my partner had a noodle dish. I had a glass of wine - total bill around £33! Pretty good for top quality Japanese food!"
    dined on 09/09/2011
  • "For a japanese resto, the portions were great. Ordered the salmon and avocado maki and the fillings were generous (although not so much the fillings for crab and cucumber maki). The rice dish I ordered was for 2 ppl rather than 1. Really struggled to finish it all. Love the attempt at having a traditional japanese sitting in the resto."
    dined on 19/07/2011
  • "Another fantastic meal at Kurumaya. Very reasonably priced, lovely service & great food. The tempura was excellent, as was the sushi & sashimi. Would thoroughly recommend."
    dined on 19/05/2011
  • "Great place, wonderful atmosphere and traditional Japanese style good service and food. my colleagues were extremely happy with the night"
    dined on 09/03/2011
  • "Really good for a quiet dinner after work in the City - hard to find a Japanese place open for dinner as most are lunchtime only - it closes at 9. Great location a stone's throw from St Pauls on a very pretty cobbled street with stylish bars if you want a drink afterwards. Food fabulous - the black cod was almost as good as Nobu and half the price, and the seared tuna on a bed of frisee with a base of a tangy mustard dressing was delicious. Sashimi fresh - Very good value."
    dined on 02/03/2011
  • "Went to kurumaya with a friend and the food was priced mid range yet the quality was lightly above yo sushi (snow crab maki was microwaved). It is worth it for a casual dinner but not for anything special."
    dined on 06/01/2011
  • "Excellent as ever, though evenings are always quiet. Fantastic and generous portion of tempura prawns and a huge set sushi set - a bargain at 12.50. The best Japanese food I've had in the Square Mile."
    dined on 18/11/2010
  • "Dead quiet on a Monday night at around 830- I guess this place really does it's trade during the day time to serve the city crowds. The staff were very patient, especially given we were the only ones there for a while. The unagi was a little tough, but aside from that, very decent sushi."
    dined on 08/11/2010
  • "Kurumaya has excellent food and a fun atmosphere. Sitting on the floor in a skirt can prove challenging!"
    dined on 27/10/2010
  • "Visited Kurumaya for lunch on a working day. Had to wait about ten minutes from my booking time as there was no table free. Diners were packed close together but there were plenty of staff on hand and, once seated, service was good.. As one might expect for a Japanese restaurant near Mansion House in the City of London, the food was a little expensive for a lunch but very tasty and served with style. A good place to try a few different types of Japanese cooking."
    dined on 19/10/2010
  • "Very good food, bit pricey but good quality. Would come again"
    dined on 13/10/2010
  • "The food in Kurumaya at Watling street is good. The atmosphere in there is ok. The menu have many options to choose from."
    dined on 11/10/2010
  • "Kurumaya on Watling Street is well worth a visit for the food alone. The restaurant is small, very busy and the decor leaves something to be desired but the food really is excellent."
    dined on 05/10/2010