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C&R Izakaya (Japanese) – Bayswater, London

HALAL STATUS • Fully Halal food menu (no alcohol used in any dishes) • Alcohol served on the premises

C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant BayswaterC&R Izakaya offers Japanese cuisine in the heart of London’s Bayswater.

Having opened in August 2016, the 60-cover restaurant has an extensive, fully Halal food menu that includes a large sushi section.

And with 67 items, there’s something for everyone, with dishes ranging from sushi and sashimi, which includes the restaurant’s Izakaya sets, temaki and maki rolls, and special jus that comprise of large bowls of rice served with miso soup.

The place itself is elegantly decked out with a healthy combination of both the modern and the traditional.

C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

Private dining area for 6

Darker tones of brown, including dark brown tables and chairs, combine well with the clever use of red LED lights to create a relaxed, moody ambience.

For those seeking after some privacy, the restaurant offers an intimate private dining area for six towards the front.

And while the alcohol bar is also located adjacent to this, there’s plenty of space further away down towards the sushi bar at the back, that proudly displays a variety of the chef’s Japanese-made sushi knives.

As for the chef himself, then the affable Andy, who’s originally from Malaysia, boasts 30 years of professional cooking experience, including Japanese restaurants across the capital.

DRINKS

drinks beverages mocktails C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

(Left-right) Virgin Mojito, Rising Sun, Tropical World – £3.95 each

Green tea, C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant BayswaterAlthough mild in strength, the Virgin Mojito did have a good balance of the mint and lime, while the citrus-heavy Rising Sun assured a refreshingly sharp and tangy aftertaste.

As for the Tropical World, then this had been especially adapted from the cocktail menu, with the pineapple nicely offset by the flavour of the grenadine.

We were also presented with a small cup that was periodically filled with hot water during the course of the evening dine.

HOT APPETIZER

C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

9. Tako Yaki – Little fried round balls containing pieces of octopus, £4.80

C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant BayswaterGiven their daintiness, you may be tempted to devour these balls in one go; but, we’d recommend taking your time to enjoy the delicate textures and flavours of this Tako Yaki dish.

Typically filled with diced octopus pieces, and toppd with a herb dressing, a creamy sauce, and some crunchy shavings that only managed to bring some texture, these wheat balls were light, crispy and golden brown, with a touch of tanginess to them.

Delicious balls of warm, yummy goodness.

Gyoza dumpling C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

15. Gyoza (4pcs) – Chicken & vegetable filling dumpling served with spicy sauce, £5.80

dumpling C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant BayswaterFor us, these Gyoza pieces were absolutely perfectly cooked.

With a crispy exterior, not only was the soft chicken and vegetable filling lightly spiced, but the accompanying spicy sauce just as well done.

In fact, the heat of the sauce was such that it built up gradually without taking anything away from the taste of the Gyoza. Superb!

SALAD

crab salad C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

21. Soft Shell Crab Salad – Deep fried soft shell crab served with baby leaf & sweet chilli mayonnaise, £9.80

We appreciated the interplay between the mild tanginess of the orange sauce and the lightly spiced crispy-cum-flaky batter of the sweet, soft crab therein.

This intriguing Soft Shell Crab Salad was a good one without being anything spectacular.

CHEF SPECIALS

C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater seabass fish

39. Chilean Seabass with Miso Hoba (150gm), £28.80

sea bass, fish, cod, C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant BayswaterThis had the potential of being an outstanding dish, let down, sadly, by timing.

The issue was with the cooking of the seabass, which was novelly presented on a crisp, green leaf that was precariously placed atop a bundle of twigs.

The centre of fish was so undercooked that we found it difficult trying to prize it open using a knife, let alone chopsticks.

fish, cod C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant BayswaterBut, where we did manage to find edible parts around the edges, we throughly enjoyed the applied glaze, which was a w0nderfully sweet and sticky in nature.

The slices of pickle was also a smart addition in that it acted as a palate cleanser of sorts.

If we were to look part the cooking though, and based on its potential alone, we’d still recommend this be given a go, if only for that incredible marinade.

wagyu beef C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

36. Wagyu Beef – served with eringji mushroom, sea salt, ponzu & wafu sauce, £53.80

wagyu beef C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant BayswaterFirst things first; chef Andy disclosed to us that the above wagyu was graded 7, meaning that this was designated “good” quality beef.

Yet, knowledge of this fact did not deter us from questioning the wagyu’s portion size in relation to its £50 prize tag.

wagyu beef C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant BayswaterAnd while it certainly had that soft and tender texture that bordered on the spongy, along with that delightfully familiar umami taste so distinct of wagyu, it also had a really good salty-cum-barbecue flavour too courtesy of some good charring.

Hence, although this turned out to be a really satisfying eat, given the slight sweet and sour edge delivered by the ponzu and wafu sauce, and the ultra soft and saturated eringji mushrooms, we simply couldn’t get past the price-to-portion differential.

SUSHI

dragon roll sushi C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

71. Dragon Maki (8pcs) – Jumbo prawn, avocado, tobiko, asparagus, ikura, eel sauce & mayonnaise, £19.50

chef C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

Chef Andy

The textures of this Maki, with the smoothness of the mellow avacado, the crispy-crunch of the fresh asparagus running through its core, and the sensation of the blood red popping fish roe, were quite something.

What’s more, the subtle sweetness of the soothing flavours therein, particularly the eel sauce, took control of the senses and had us going right till the last bite.

This eye-catchingly attractive Dragon Maki (courtesy of the skills of chef Andy) was both a visually stimulating and deliciously fascinating experience.

sushi C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

73. Cha Cha Roll (8pcs) – Crispy duck, cucumber, lolo rosso, crispy leeks & plum sauce, £16.00

While the Cha Cha Roll was the weakest of the three had, this roll did have a pleasant chewiness to it that was really quite addictive.

Couple that with the way in which the sweetness of the plum sauce married with the familiar meaty taste of the duck, followed by the crunchiness of the cucumbers, and this was a tasty chew in its own right.

Wagyu sushi C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

wagyu sushi C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

75. Wagyu Beef Maki (6pcs) – Home made wagyu, spicy miso, finishing with caviar, £19.90

You won’t find too many places in London that serve Halal Wagyu Beef Maki, and certainly not one as elegantly presented and expertly proportioned.

This would have revolved around subtlety had it not been for the wasabi, a tiny application of which did wonders in elevating the flavours of this dish to the next level.

In doing so, what you get are the soft and delicate flavour of the lightly salted wagyu lifted by the combination of the spicy miso and the hit of the wasabi. The asparagus is there again to lend that crunchy textural contrast.

On the whole, certainly worth a go if only to experience something other than the ordinary range.

RAMEN NOODLES

ramen seafood C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

57. Izakaya Seafood Ramen – Noodle in chicken soup base served with prawn, scallop, sliced fish, fish cake, nitamago egg & vegetable, £12.80

There’s a reason why this Izakaya Seafood Ramen is designated a signature dish.

The depth of flavour of the broth in this large, vibrant-looking bowl was quite something. Infused with a rich fishy taste, with just enough heat from the chilli to make things interesting, the noodles had a good bite to them, the prawns were perfectly cooked, albeit inconveniently unshelled, and the few scallops decent.

But it was the combination of flavours and textures that made this chicken ramen such an enjoyable dish.

One of the highlights of the review, and a dish worth visiting Izakaya for!

ramen C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

56. Tan Tan Mee – Noodle in spicy soup with mince chicken, spinach, sesame oil, topped with spring onion and black ear fungu, £10.80

Not as good as its seafood counterpart, but an equally large and appetising dish this.

It’s main component was the soft-textured chicken mince, sprinkled with sesame seeds, and mixed in with chewy spinach leaves, finely chopped spring onions, and thin slices of what’s known as black ear fungu that had a peculiar, though not unpleasant, spongy bite to them.

However, once again, the soup delivered on some serious flavour, with a rich broth made memorable by plenty of glistening sesame oil and strong spices that certainly aren’t for the faint hearted.

DESSERTS

dessert fondant ice cream C&R Izakaya Japanese London Halal Restaurant Bayswater

Fondant with Matcha Ice Cream £8.50

While the Matcha ice cream, resting atop a biscuit crumb that leant a touch of texture, was fairly hard and rather flavourless, the fondant was superbly executed, with a soft, ever so lightly crispy exterior which, when parted, made way for that oozing chocolate. Moreover, the strawberries were gorgeously sweet too. Cracking fondant!

THE ROAR
C&R Izakaya
4 FTL's Roar
4 Pride's Roar (1 Roar)
Alcohol/ Pork?
  • YES/ NO
FSA HYGIENE RATING
Last Checked: 05/05/18
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Summary
We don't know of any Japanese restaurant in London that offers a fully Halal food menu other than C&R Izakaya.

With an extensive menu, including a large sushi section, there's more than enough variety of quality dishes to have you spoilt for choice. After all, how many places offer large, delicious bowls of Halal ramen at very reasonable prices? Not many!

The service at C&R Izakaya was superb as well, with ultra-friendly staff who were attentive and prompt.

Menu Recommendation

Drinks - Tropical World

Starter - Tako Yaki

Main - Izakaya Seafood Ramen

Dessert - Fondant with Matcha Ice Cream

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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:
Monday CLOSED
Tue-Thur (Lunch) 12:00-15:00, (Dinner) 17:00-22:30
Fri (Lunch) 12:00-15:00, (Dinner) 17:00-23:00
Sat 12:00-22:00 | Sun 12:00-23:00

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