Midweek Munch: Katsu Bar

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YOU WILL HAVE STUMBLED ACROSS  ‘NOODLE BAR’ LOCATED ON LANSDOWNE ROAD, BUT HAVE YOU SEEN IT’S NEW SISTER RESTAURANT? SWAPPING OUT NOODLES, CURRY IS ON THE MENU FOR THE NEW KATSU BAR. SOUNDS TEMPTING -BUT IS IT AS GOOD? ARE THE UNIQUE JAPANESE FLAVOURS IT PROMISES WORTH TESTING OUR TASTE BUDS FOR? HERE’S NERVE’S VERDICT… 

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The Elderflower Cocktail

Modern, yet authentic, Katsu Bar is a comfortable, affordable Japanese dining experience. It’s small (on weekends you will definitely have to book), bright and its character stands out from other surrounding restaurants. Located below the Lansdowne halls of residence, it’s practically on the doorstep for many students, but is it worth venturing inside? 

The Drink

First things first.

There’s an instant win; cocktails are on the menu

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One of the many starter options

Standard in price, £6 with a 2-4-1 happy hour between 5-7pm (we are almost sold already!), but what do they taste like? Delicious. The flavours are great (you have to try the Elderflower one) and are a definite improvement from the cheap, juicy cocktails us students are used to drinking (downing!).

The food.

The most notable bit of information you should know before visiting is that it is a limited menu. While some see that as the appeal of this place, they are good at the little that they do, it’s not one for the fussy eaters! If you can happily opt between a burger and curry, then you’re in for a treat. If not, you may struggle!

To start, the appetisers are delicate little tastes of Japan such as rice-crackers and edamame beans; a definite option to warm up your taste buds.

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The Katsu Burger

img_1756As for the main course,  their burgers are not just any old burger.  There’s your average chicken burger, then there’s a Katsu burger with a crisp coating and an out-of-the-ordinary Japanese flavouring.

And as for the big seller, what is the curry really like? It is not your typical ‘chip shop’ curry. It’s fresh and light. The crunchy chicken is the perfect addition to make you never want a cheap, takeaway curry again.

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The Katsu Curry

But, if the burger and curry were not enough to persuade you, the pudding definitely will. What’s on offer? Waffles, with both light or indulgent toppings. The perfect solution to your sweet tooth, and a memorable end to an all-round satisfying meal. 

So, with well-known competitor restaurant Wagamama’s a couple of streets down, what’s the verdict? Should you trust the raved about chain? Or, should you give this independent little place a try?

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Waffle pudding

The answer? Yes you should, and here’s why:

  •  It’s a fresh, more accurate representation of Japanese cuisine.
  • It’s dining is a far more comfortable experience
  •  The staff are friendly and you really do get looked after. 

It’s easy for a restaurant like this to feel like you’re taking a risk, but it’s one that is definitely worth it!