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Kibou Japanese Hot Kitchen + Ramen + Sushi Bar Battersea London

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Kibou Japanese Restaurant Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

The bustling Northcote Road just got a whole lot more bustling with summertime weekend pedestrianisation. Hurrah! So we’ve really got no excuse to not sashimi over to the newly opened Kibou opposite The Bolingbroke gastropub and Uncommon deli. It’s a Japanese hot kitchen, ramen and sushi bar inspired by Tokyo’s canteen style drinking dens. This is their second branch: Kibou launched in 2013 in Cheltenham, home of fine breeds (and that’s just the Ladies’ College).

Kibou Japanese Restaurant Entrance Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Kibou Japanese Restaurant Sign Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Kibou Japanese Restaurant Facade Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Kibou Japanese Restaurant Flowers Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Kibou Japanese Restaurant Canopy Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Kibou Japanese Restaurant Artwork Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Kibou Japanese Restaurant Chairs Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Kibou Japanese Restaurant Art Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Kibou Japanese Restaurant Doll Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

Kibou Japanese Restaurant Flower Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

It’s a gastronomic education for sure getting to know our hosomaki (thin sushi) from our futomaki (fat sushi), our tataki (seared fish) from our temaki (cone shaped roll) not to mention donburi (rice bowl). And we’re stretching our vocabulary, adding korokke which means croquette, ebi for prawn and hamachi for yellowtail. It feels like half the Battersea postcode is jammed in here tonight. We’re not complaining. Course after course arrives, each plate resembling an arrangement of origami sculptures. ­­The nigiri is young and we are kibou (Japanese for filled with hope) in Kibou.

Kibou Japanese Restaurant Prawns Northcote Road London © Lavender's Blue Stuart Blakley

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