East meets West for tasty grub

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - EATING OUT - Scott Beg­bie

MAR­RIED life is full of lit­tle trade-offs – as in: “Okay, I’ll go and see Brides­maids if you come with me for Ja­panese food first.” Which is how Mrs B, still not the hugest fan of Ja­pan‘s cui­sine, found her­self eat­ing at the Koban Kitchen of the Athenaeum, while I found my­self sitting watch­ing a chick flick. In fair­ness I had en­sured there were a cou­ple of West­ern dishes on the menu – like burg­ers. But Mrs B was quite happy when I or­dered chicken yak­i­tori skew­ers (£5) and the waitress sug­gested crispy nori chicken (£4) for starters. The skew­ers were packed with ten­der chicken mar­i­nated in a rich soy sauce. Al­though they were de­li­cious, they were topped by the nori chicken, which had a fine crunch and a salty tang. Mrs B chose teriyaki chicken salad (£9) from the East Meets West sec­tion of the menu. She was re­warded by a slate dish heaped with huge slices of ten­der chicken breast that had her yum­ming. What lifted the dish was the veg­etable yak­i­tori – two skew­ers of de­li­cious shi­itake mush­rooms, as­para­gus and spring onion. Mean­while, I was slurp­ing a huge seafood ra­men bowl (£9), full of plump mus­sels, per­fectly cooked squid and del­i­cate prawns in a rich broth. My only quib­ble would be the stiff bar prices. And how was Brides­maids? Mrs B en­joyed it.

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