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Cocktails and Sushi at Koji

It’s rare that I uncover a real gem, a place so good that I’m still thinking about the delicious food days later…Well, that’s how Mr Silver and I felt about the wonderful Koji, a Japanese restaurant in Parsons Green.
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Before I even get to the food, I have to start with the amazing cocktails…I chose a Porn Star martini, a delicious blend of passion fruit, vanilla sugar and vodka with a shot of champagne on the side. It was heavenly, with the sweet fruit in the coupe being undercut with the dry champagne. I could literally drink this all day, but that might not end well…Restaurant Review: Koji Restaurant Review: Koji
Mr S went for something a bit stronger, the Japanese cocktail made from H by Hine Cognac and Angostura Bitters, had a story behind it; despite the name, there’s actually nothing Japanese about it. In 1862 Jerry Thomas published the first book on American mixology and this was the first cocktail on record to bear an artistic rather than functional name, one that actually has nothing to do with the ingredients it includes.
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Despite being a local place in village-like Parsons Green, Koji oozes glamour with stylish vintage mirrors, cool concrete walls, an open sushi kitchen and funky art adorning the walls. We were there for a quiet lunch service on the Easter bank holiday weekend but during the evenings the cocktail bar at the front of the restaurant is packed with people and there’s a live DJ to keep the buzz going.
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Koji was born of a partnership between Mark Barnett, restauranteur and former chef, and Nobuhisha Takahusi, a former Nobu head chef. The menu is mostly Japanese but there are some South American influences and a few hints of European flavour too, so there is a diverse range of options from sushi, to ceviche, gyoza to tempura. Restaurant Review: Koji
We like to start off quite light when embarking on a big sushi feast and picked a delicious tuna sashimi with green salsa to begin. I loved the green salsa which served to enhance the delicate flavours of the raw tuna rather than over power them.
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Salmon tataki with spicy yuzu sauce was our next dish and I loved the slight piquant sauce that dressed the salmon slices. With accompaniments of raw onion and chips of garlic, I was worried this would leave a nasty taste in my mouth but the flavours and ingredients combined so perfectly that this wasn’t an issue at all.Restaurant Review: Koji
Little salmon tacos with a sprinkling of caviar were the perfect bite sized nibble to round off our selection of raw starters.
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Summer rolls with soft shell crab and yuzu dressing had a more Vietnamese vibe and these were our favourite things of the day. The crab was crisp and crunchy and paired with the light salad and zesty dressing there was no heavy stodgy feeling from the batter.
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Time for another cocktail? I chose a classic Bellini and Mr Silver loved his choice of the lemongrass and chilli Martini. Restaurant Review: Koji
The Asian flavours of the cocktail were the perfect match for the food and we really liked the good hit of chilli running through the drink. Restaurant Review: Koji
Admittedly, the spicy tuna maki wasn’t the best I’ve ever had. The rolls were perfectly formed with just the right amount of rice, but I would have preferred a stronger hit of spice. Restaurant Review: KojiRestaurant Review: KojiRestaurant Review: Koji
Next up were the prawn and garlic gyoza, the Japanese version of the Chinese potsticker. These were another favourite of ours, perfectly prepared with a fine wrapper, just crispy on the outside with a juicy filling of seafood. There’s also a chicken or a pork option but the waitress informed us that the prawn was the best choice. DSC_9814
Perfectly cooked lamb cutlets marinated in miso were our choice for a meaty main course. DSC_9827
While a light sea bass with a spicy salsa was our delicious fish course. I love Asian seafood dishes and the flesh flaked apart so beautifully on this dish, it was an absolute winner for me.  Restaurant Review: KojiRestaurant Review: Koji
Grilled miso aubergine is one of my favourite Japanese vegetable dishes but I’ve often tasted bad versions, but this wasn’t the case at Koji. The flesh was cooked perfectly with just about the right amount of sweetness from the miso and we also enjoyed a good grilled asparagus in a green sauce on the side. DSC_9841
And obviously a few more cocktails to go with our dessert…I did tell you the cocktails were good. This time I sampled a lychee martini while Mr S chose a flight of sake. DSC_9843
Each tumbler of sake had a slightly different flavour with the intention of pairing them with a different course. I must admit that I’m not a big sake lover as I find it to strong but I’m sure I’ll acquire more of a taste for it when we’re in Japan in six weeks time.
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We also sampled an espresso martini which was the ideal pairing with dessert. As we looked at the menu two desserts really stuck out to us, the waitress warned us that it might be a lot of chocolate but we were ok with that…plus it was Easter so it’s practically the law to eat ALL the chocolate. Restaurant Review: KojiRestaurant Review: Koji Restaurant Review: Koji Restaurant Review: Koji
And I mean how could you choose between yuzu kosho and bounty lollipops, which were basically the most tasty chocolate truffles on sticks, and these delicious mounds of chocolate balanced on a biscuit base and served with a helping of vanilla ice cream? You just can’t, you have to have both…

Mr Silver and I absolutely loved Koji, we left with big smiles on our faces and dreamt about Porn Star Martinis, soft shell crab summer rolls and bounty lollipops for the next couple of days. Though it’s a neighbourhood restaurant, Koji is definitely somewhere worth going out of your way for.

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Restaurant Review: Koji, Japanese food in Parsons Green, London

Koji
58 New Kings Road
Parsons Green
London
SW6 4LS

0207 731 2520

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I was invited to review but my thoughts are independent and cannot be bought for all the Porn Star Martinis in the world

  • Angie, this looks like an absolute dream! The dishes you chose sound wonderful – definitely one to add to my list and visit ASAP! Stunning photos as always :). PS always love the touches you put in your posts about the restaurants, such as where the chefs used to work and what kind of decor and vibe it has; makes for a really lovely, rounded post about the restaurant.

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • I think you’d love it, Lauren. Definitely one for your list! Thank you, it just always interests me where chefs have worked so I hope it interests other people.

  • Amazing cocktails and Japanese food?! Sign me up!! This looks like such a fun time out; I love Parsons Green so this place has definitely soared to the top of my list of places to try! xxx

    • Oooh let me know if you go! I’d be interested to hear what you have 🙂

  • TravelWithNanoB

    The photos of the food are so mouthwatering, although I must say those cocktails look particularly enticing! xoxo, nano

  • Those cocktails look fantastic. I love a porn star martini, but I think I drink it wrong, because I tip the champagne in!

  • Wow, this looks like an incredible meal! All the dishes look beautiful and brilliant cocktails too – what’s not to like! Beautiful photos too, Angie. xx

  • This looks stunning! I am super fussy about sushi (stereotypical half-Japanese that I am) – but this looks incredible, I’ll have to give it a try!

    Erin xxx
    islandbell.co.uk

  • Mmmm everything looks so fresh and wonderful – especially the miso aubergine (one of my fav Japanese dishes too!) and those glorious desserts! As ever, your pictures are just stunning too 🙂 xxx

  • Perfect way to get you in the spirit for Japan! The gyoza look amazing and bounty truffles on a stick – so yummy!!

  • Vi Vian Woo

    everything just looks so dainty and beautiful. I really want to go now.

  • I’m having serious food and cocktail envy right now! x

  • Those are some seriously pretty cocktails! I seldom venture to that side of London unless it’s to inspect my soon-to-be new place and usually by the time I’m hungry, I’m so exhausted (read: lazy) that I just Uber back to Shoreditch and eat at wherever is closest to home. Definitely checking out Koji next time I’m West! x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • This looks like a beautiful Japanese restaurant!

  • Those salmon tacos and bounty lollipops need retesting I think… for the sake of quality testing & blog thoroughness ?

  • That looks so delicious!

  • Great review, I love KOJI. Seriously the best sushi I have ever tasted and an amazing food experience. Certainly a taste sensation!

    The Porn Star Martinis were amazing agreed, the Passion Fruit Martinis are also so tasty!

    Great review and glad to see you loved KOJI.

    The staff are really friendly also which seriously adds to the experience.

    Hope you’re well Angie!

    Laura xo

    http://www.shehearts.net

  • This sounds totally amazing and is only a quick cycle away for us! I definitely need to visit here for my next sushi fix.

  • The food looks so colourful and delicious! Those cocktails? I WANT

  • This is SO my kind of food – want to try those crab summer rolls so bad! But everything looks great and beautifully presented. Waaa you’ve made me hungry! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Angharad

    Wow, I sooo want to visit this place. What gorgeous photos!
    Angharad x

    http://www.welshandwonderful.com

  • I’d love to try this place – the food looks absolutely beautiful. Also, best disclaimer ever – made me laugh so hard! xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

  • Well, now I’m craving both sushi and summer rolls. This place looks fantastic!

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