Take a trip into the future with the beautiful sci-fi inspired Kojawan, London’s hottest new restaurant space. Billed as a seductively cool 21st century izakaya (Japanese gastro-pub) it features unrivalled views of the city thanks to its location, the 23rd floor of the Hilton London Metropole. Taking innovation to new heights, it brings together inventive dishes influenced by the far side of Asia, namely Korea Japan and Taiwan.
A distinctively unique interior style meets guests inside, beautifully described as ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ meets ‘Warhol’s Silver Factory’. Designed by London-based artist and designer Henry Chebaane from studio Blue Sky Hospitality, the restaurant’s identity is a delicate balance of science-fiction film set mixed with contemporary urban art gallery. The talented Henry Chebaane artfully interplays sleek design with comfortable, pod and swivel seating, keeping a contemporary feel throughout his sci-fi landscape.
Guests can enjoy the carefully curated ‘ARTSCAPE’, a collection of collaborative artwork, which includes a roster of international artists with their cultural roots in manga comics, animated movies, street graffiti, indie, rock and funk music. This quirky collection can be found throughout the restaurant and is beautifully accentuated by the lighting scheme, it’s matched only by the striking expansive window views overlooking the capital.
Offering fun and exciting compositions including the K-Bar, a combination of Europe’s first Kirin Ichiban beer and raw bar. The playful menus and an exceptional view combine with the retro- futuristic interior to guarantee an out-of-this-world experience. Bringing the soul food of Korea, Japan and Taiwan to London, Kojawan is situated just minutes from Marble Arch. Seductively cool, it offers Asian fine dining with a unique setting and unparalleled views of the city skyline.
At the ‘O’ bar guests can admire the stainless steel sculptural design, which wonderfully contrasts the K-Bar’s abstraction art with its irregular alcoves. The front of the latter is tiled in a unique kinetic scale-effect to resemble the skin of Kirin, a Sino-Japanese mythological hybrid beast.
Bjorn Van Der Horst and Omar Romero, two applauded chefs, have collaborated to create the fascinating menu. Coming together after a background of similar training; Bjorn Van Der Horst (Greenhouse, La Noisette, Eastside Inn) and Omar Romero (Rhodes Twenty Four, Rosewood), they have created what is their ‘genuinely inauthentic’ interpretation of a 21st century izakaya. Also joining this formidable team is Russell Oxtoby as Head Chef, having previously run the kitchen at two AA Rosette restaurant Berners Tavern and has worked in the industry for over thirteen years.
Refined dishes reflect the sleek minimalism of the aluminium menus that showcase them, and they are cleverly organized by cooking style. From the irresistible ‘Booze Food’ dishes which are an unusual play on fast food classics to ‘Sushi-style’ sandwiches such as spicy crab and wakamole for raw food lovers, there are dishes to suit every palate. There is also the fabulously quirky option of flight meals; hand-crafted to offer a guided trip through the menu, the two flight meals offer a whistle-stop tour of Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei.
Drinks match the unique nature of the food and the affordable wine list has everything from sake to champagne. The signature ‘K-slurpy’ a refreshingly cold beer with choice of frozen top from the Kirin bar is coined as a must-try. Also on the dynamic drinks list is the ‘Lar-gerita’ tequila combined with been then frozen into a slushy. Beverages are helpfully dispatched by the knowledgeable ‘service crew’ who are on hand with their bespoke airline drinks trollies. Drinks can also be enjoyed on a high seat at the ‘O’ bar or in the space-age lounge were guests can take advantage of superb cocktails created by head mixologist Jonathan Lee.
A sensory explosion of sight and taste, the hi-tech stylings and comfortable surrounding successfully combine East meets West with the best of both worlds. Sleek, stylish and a lot of fun, Kojawan’s interior is the perfect backdrop for the exquisite menu and adds a truly new experience to London’s restaurant scene.