Tip: Japanese food is an acquired taste, so definitely tell the chef your peeves before you order
“We wanted people to really experience Japanese food with the ambience that was fitting,” says Rinchen Wangchuk, looking around at his peaceful, mood lit eatery in Bandra. In its fifth year with a new location as of January, Kofuku # is known for its consistency and light, yet hearty authentic Japanese cuisine. Brain child of Wangchuk and head chef James Biaka of once renowned Tetsuma, Kofuku started after the two were constantly interacting for Wangchuk’s import export business of Japanese ingredients. “Because we know so much about ingredients, we only deliver the freshest of them even in our food,” assures Biaka.
We excitedly peered over the counter as Chef Biaka waved his magic knife and crafted the famous ‘Oh my God’ sushi. Named for the reaction it evokes, we were greeted with the chef special flaming sushi roll which consisted of salmon, tuna, yellow tail and avocado drizzled with the elusive, yet sinful, chef special sauce. The flavours hit the spot and we were surprised with a lightly torched cheese that did wonders to our empty stomachs. Of course, this paired extremely well with a plethora of Japanese inspired cocktails. Our favourite was the Ume Blossom with Sake, Vodka, Ume (plum) and lime.
Related Article: Sahil Makhija from Headbanger's Kitchen talks about Metal, Food and Keto!
This was followed by a hearty Miso Ramen which was Ramen noodles served with miso Dashi broth with succulent Pork belly. Comforting as it is, for most Miso can be an acquired taste and we’d impress upon you to keep the flavour in mind before you order this. The hero, however, was the dynamic Chilean Sea Bass in black bean sauce, which was a beautifully plated steamed sea bass with a spicy black bean sauce. Japanese food usually creeps up on you when you least expect it and while you’re taking in everything steamed, grilled and boiled, there comes a point, where, bam and you're full. We will admit, we groaned just a little and may have undone our the first buttons of our trousers, but the green tea ice cream froze those feelings, solid. Evil to look at, the dessert surprises you with its boldness and strong flavour with the first bite and leaves a creamy, yet powerful smoked tea flavour on your tongue.
Be sure to hit up the lounge next door to the restaurant which has pretty cool artwork scrawled on its walls and the same delectable variety of cocktails on its bar menu.