76 - 77 Watling Street
London, EC4M 9BJNeighborhood:
JapanesePrice: £26 to £40
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://kurumaya.co.uk/
- Phone: 02072360236
- 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
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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Kurumaya reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since 20 May 2014
business meals (4)fit for foodies (3)romance (2)outstanding value (2)special occasions (2)good vegetarian options (1)brunch (1)group bookings (1)pre/post theatre (1)Show More
- Good Sushi but...MarcusCRDined on 4/6/2014The 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.
- Uncomfortable, uninviting & grubbyRichJDDined on 2/5/2014The 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.
- PeonyDined on 10/4/2014We 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent as always!techytuppersDined on 18/3/2014Love this place. Food is always lovely. The traditional seating area is one of the reason I keep coming back.Special Features:
- nice food, building suboptimaleatoutDined on 21/2/2014We 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very impressed all roundMikeDined on 14/2/2014Very 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious JapaneseCjw75Dined on 16/12/2013The 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.
- Excellent as alwaystechytuppersDined on 12/11/2013Somewhat of a regular here now! Food is always lovely and service is unfalterable. Will always return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 43 reviews are from the Kurumaya reviews archive.
- Very straightforward and goodDuncanVIPDined on 5/9/2013I'm not sure why this place wasn't busier. Good suchi, straightforward service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- KurumayaJSAMDined on 31/7/2013Having 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.
- YummyterridineDined on 12/6/2013I 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.Special Features:
- Great food, but quietCatpigDined on 24/5/2013Amazing 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).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A wonderful evening mealtechytuppersDined on 16/5/2013Always 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing sushielenitherDined on 15/5/2013The 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.Special Features:
- Too priceyunknownDined on 8/2/2013Admittedly 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.
- Good sushi and good funAscotDined on 23/10/2012The 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.Special Features:
- Authentic Japanese in Square MileAnteaterDined on 18/10/2012Food is miles better than high street chains, good value ! Will go again. Downstairs are better than conveyor belt area upstairs.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good sushi placeKianVIPDined on 12/10/2012Reliable and good value. Definitely a solid neighbourhood sushi barSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely food as always. VeryiheartfoodDined on 16/4/2012Lovely food as always. Very quiet on a Monday night!
- Had dinner in the restuarantYorkiePorkieDined on 12/4/2012Had 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!
- Early evening on a Fridayfoodie2014Dined on 3/2/2012Early 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.
- Very good food and friendlyOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/12/2011Very 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.
- We went to Kurumaya near StNeoAnjouDined on 15/11/2011We 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.
- Sushis at Kurumaya are decentlyHhhhDined on 10/11/2011Sushis 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.
- Lovely experience with verytechytuppersDined on 28/10/2011Lovely 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!
- Great Sushi and very fastVivaDined on 13/10/2011Great Sushi and very fast service for a reasonable price
- A large group of us ate outOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 30/9/2011A 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.
- Kurumaya (City of London)LittleNikDined on 9/9/2011Kurumaya (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!
- For a japanese resto, theFoodyDined on 19/7/2011For 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.
- Another fantastic meal atiheartfoodDined on 19/5/2011Another fantastic meal at Kurumaya. Very reasonably priced, lovely service & great food. The tempura was excellent, as was the sushi & sashimi. Would thoroughly recommend.
- Great place, wonderful atmosphereSilverscreenDined on 9/3/2011Great place, wonderful atmosphere and traditional Japanese style good service and food. my colleagues were extremely happy with the night
- Really good for a quiet dinnerOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 2/3/2011Really 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.
- Went to kurumaya with a friendOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/1/2011Went 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.
- Excellent as ever, thoughtmloskaDined on 18/11/2010Excellent 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.
- Dead quiet on a Monday nightOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/11/2010Dead 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.
- Kurumaya has excellent foodKinellDined on 27/10/2010Kurumaya has excellent food and a fun atmosphere. Sitting on the floor in a skirt can prove challenging!
- Visited Kurumaya for lunchMenuMonkeyDined on 19/10/2010Visited 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.
- Very good food, bit priceyTCCHVIPDined on 13/10/2010Very good food, bit pricey but good quality. Would come again
- The food in Kurumaya at WatlingannoymousVIPDined on 11/10/2010The food in Kurumaya at Watling street is good. The atmosphere in there is ok. The menu have many options to choose from.
- Kurumaya on Watling StreetSammyDined on 5/10/2010Kurumaya 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.