Kurumaya

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74 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
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.
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OT
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Worse Japanese food I had in London, portion ridiculously small. The steam egg we got came in a tiny soy sauce dish (yes, it was that small). I may as well just go to itsu lol

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

It was not proper Japanese!!

W
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were fortunate enough to be seated in the tatami mat area despite what subsequently turned out to be a full house on a Thursday night, which was very spacious for the group of 3 of us. The waiter was very attentive to our requests but may have over-sold the obon tray menu. The beef in one tray and the salmon in the other were both over cooked. May have been due to a busy kitchen. Hope to try out some of their sushi rolls next time.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good service and really helpful for all questions. Expensive compared with other restaurants I’ve been to but that sting didn’t last long as food that great.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Accepted my booking and closed when we arrived

j
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

Food was good but for what we ordered, it was expensive. The waitress had insisted we order 2 portions of a food item despite asking her twice if one was substantial. The order arrived and they turned out too much. We do not intend to return.

N
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Went for a quick meal after work. The decor is a bit bland and ambience uninspiring but food is pretty decent although the soup base for my udon noodles was a tad salty. Slightly on the expensive side for noodle soup compared to other Japanese restaurants but I guess it's in the City!

AL
London
62 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2016
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Brilliant prices for decent sushi, we shared a platter and opted to have a ramen each. The sushi was good and fresh, however, the ramen was tasty but the meat was very fatty so I could not eat it.
I would go back but only order sushi (which is obviously where their expertise lays!)

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet but very friendly service food was amazing. Would definately go again.

S
London
73 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A reliable Japanese restaurant producing everyday food at prices that are not over the top

DR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I thought the sushi was very good. But I felt our server didn't really understand sushi, sake, or how to convey the different types sushi. Food was great, service okay.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Forget the nearby chain sushi places, the food at this independent restaurant is so much better! With a sushi bar and belt upstairs you can eat to your hearts content, and the staff are more than happy to bring hot dishes up, freshly cooked. Downstairs there's an area of tatami mats and four sunken tables - ask to sit at one of these if you're having a proper meal. The tables (to the other side of the downstairs area) are a little cramped and less atmospheric.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Hidden away on the side roads of St Pauls. Kuruyama offers a great range of cuisine, from sushi, hot pots, noodles and Donburi. The interior is pretty simplistic, but has enough to give off a Japanese vibe. The service was good and the the prices are very reasonable, considering the location. The portions are pretty generous too!

S
London
73 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I visited here for the first time recently. It is an unpretentious Japanese restaurant with good quality good value food and pleasant service. I shall certainly go again.

K
London
5 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I read the other reviews so I knew we were going to dine in the basement. It was fine. Lovely dinner and catch up with a friend on a work night. Could not fault it. Good food, great service. Would recommend.

AL
London
62 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I dined here with a friend and we both decided to order a sushi set which comes with a miso soup. Great value for money considering the amount of sushi/sashimi we received. The sushi is not the best I have tasted, but for the price it was as expected.Wine list is varied and reasonably priced. Funky sunken tables as well!

m
Dublin
15 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious sushi in a chilled out and friendly place

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t
London
6 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2014
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Food was reasonable, but lack ambience and the music was too loud. Maybe its because there was hardly any customers that evening.. There was only 2 tables on a Wendesday night. Don't think I would go back.

CY
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2014
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great sushi, lovely staff. The Sushi boat is the star attraction at this restaurant

MC
Edinburgh
12 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

RJ
London
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2014
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

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.

P
Kent
63 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

t
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Food is always lovely. The traditional seating area is one of the reason I keep coming back.

e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

M
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

C
London
18 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2013
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

t
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2013
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Somewhat of a regular here now! Food is always lovely and service is unfalterable. Will always return.

D
Edinburgh
35 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I'm not sure why this place wasn't busier. Good suchi, straightforward service.

JS
London
34 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2013
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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.

t
London
14 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2013
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

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).

t
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

e
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2013
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

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.

u
London
20 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2013
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2012
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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.

A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is miles better than high street chains, good value ! Will go again. Downstairs are better than conveyor belt area upstairs.

K
London
31 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2012
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Reliable and good value. Definitely a solid neighbourhood sushi bar

i
London
54 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2012
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely food as always. Very quiet on a Monday night!

YP
London
17 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2012
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

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!

f
London
17 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2012
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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