Halal Japanese C&R Izakaya ‘a hidden gem’!

By Sabuhi Usmani
Halal Status • Fully Halal food menu (no alcohol used in any dishes) • Alcohol served on the premises

Halal and Japanese don’t often go together, so when we came across this Halal Japanese restaurant on Westbourne Road, Bayswater, we were intrigued and decided to give it a go.

First impressions were good, with a lovely relaxed atmosphere and nice friendly staff who welcomed us and made us feel very comfortable.

We ordered chicken gyozas and edamame beans for starters. The Gyozas were okay, but we’ve had better.

C&R Izakaya Japanese Halal Bayswater Chicken Teriyaki

Yaki Soba – Stir-fry thin noodles with prawn & vegetables, £9.90; Chicken Teriyaki – with Asparagus £13.80

For mains, we had Yaki Soba Noodles, which were very authentic in taste with beautiful flavours.

We also had Chicken Teriyaki which had beautiful moist chicken. With delicious flavours, it went down well with the kids.

C&R Izakaya Japanese Halal Bayswater Wagyu Beef Prawn Tempura

Ebi Tempura – Prawn tempura, £6.20; Wagyu Beef Maki (6pcs) – Home made wagyu, spicy miso, finishing with caviar, £19.90

As for the Tempura Prawns, then they were how they should be – crispy on the outside and delicious on the inside.

The highlight of the day though was the Wagyu Beef Maki. The beef was of the highest quality and cooked to perfection. Just melted in the mouth and was so succulent and tender.

Never had anything quite like that before. A must try if you ever visit this place.

C&R Izakaya Japanese Halal Bayswater

The Crispy Duck Maki was good too, though we preferred the above Beef Maki.

All in all, a great experience. The menu was quite extensive too and the quality of food was very high.

Authentic Japanese’s food, nice ambiance, and a very friendly and helpful staff.

This place is a hidden gem. We are so glad to have found it. Highly recommended!

C&R Izakaya
52 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, London W2 5SH.

T: +44 (0)20 7221 7979 | W: www.cnrizakaya.co.uk | E: info@cnrizakaya.co.uk

Opening Hours: Mon-Thur (lunch) 12:00-15:00, (dinner) 17:00-22:30 | Fri (lunch) 12:00-15:00, (dinner) 17:00-23:00 | Sat 12:00-23:00 | Sun 12:00-22:00

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  • As always, when it comes to Asian cuisine, in this case Japanese, always carry out due diligence. Japanese cuisine tends to use mirin (sweet rice wine, not be confused with rice wine vinegar), or sake (alcohol), when making sushi (nigiri kind), donburi, and other dishes. Not sure if this is the case here, but always worth asking about this as it’s often a forgotten aspect of making the dish fully halal. Lots of “halal” Japanese/Asian places still use mirin even though it is not halal.

    Similarly for soy sauce, which is used in many other dishes. Check which brand they are using. Traditionally, in many Asian (Japanese, Chinese and Thai) restaurants within London, they prefer to use Kikkoman’s Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce, which usually contains alcohol (there is a version that is specifically halal, which has a different shaped bottle, ingredients, etc). Please ask about this too, as this establishment confirmed to me their soy sauce does contain alcohol (“but is cooked off”)!

    So, halal signs at a door might be inviting, but know your cuisines – Japanese cuisine is great, but often uses some form of alcohol that many Muslims aren’t aware of (sorry sushi fans). Thankfully, this is something even restaurants in Japan now consider when going halal, but sadly not in the UK.

    All this said, your views on alcohol in soy sauce may differ (though mirin is still a wine, not a vinegar).

    15 Jul '18

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