Absolutely Eats Out- Rika Moon

Rika Moon

Absolutely stops by Rika Moon, the new Japanese fusion cuisine in Notting Hill.

Words by Pendle Harte

Some people might remember when this dinky corner site was a Paul Smith store, a smaller offshoot of the main shop opposite. It’s a surprise to find it reborn as a stylish eaterie – and the intimate space is cleverly configured to include a stylish large bar with seating, as well as several tables, plus there’s a separate downstairs dining room too. Cuisine is billed as Japanese fusion – it seems to be more Japanese than fusion – and cocktails are a speciality. We’re persuaded by the house cocktail, Shisorita, described simply as Jose Cuervo Especial, Mezcal Verde, lime or lemon and shiso, but is more than the sum of its parts: a smoky, citrussy, intriguing infusion with a seaweed rim. And the food’s the same: high class, intriguing and impressive. Our feast includes butterfish tataki with citrus truffle ponzu, a delicate dish with a strong truffle kick and butterfish that really does taste of butter, a seaweed salad with sea vegetables and black Goma dressing – sharp, tasty and salty, and grilled aubergine with tomato miso that was sweet, intense and unusual. Then there was a sashimi platter, beautifully arranged in a basket with slivers of salmon, tuna and swordfish with wasabi, and perfectly crispy tempura prawns with a ginger sauce.Then came a showstopping Kyoto miso black cod with mountain caviar, pickles and yuzu anori, which was artistically presented and cooked to perfection with a silvery sweetness and a luxurious texture. Clay pot Gohan rice with mushrooms and seaweed was a delicious side, though possibly we were now into the realm of too much food, and with a second cocktail also into possible flavour (and Mezcal) overload.Still, a small pudding to share added extra interest, especially since it was ‘inspired by the forest’ and looked like a beautiful bird’s nest. A berry sorbet surrounded by chocolate sticks, chocolate shavings and lots of leaves and flowers on a bed of creme caramel, in fact. What a treat. 


120 Kensington Park Road, W11

020 3372 0703


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