There's a new dark kitchen taking the London food scene by storm and if the dishes we tried are anything to go by, you're going to want to try it.
Inspired by the world's street food capital Osaka, Japanified encapsulates three different menus available for takeaway and Deliveroo delivery from its sites in South Wimbledon, Stockwell, Shoreditch and Soho, as well as coming soon to Kensington. Alongside the Japanified menu you can also find Sugoi JPN and Mexican menu Arepita Sliders all operating from the same kitchen, each with its own unique menu offering.
Japanified's menu features a variety of sliders, sides and the star of the show; Blue Corn Taco FIY Kits. The naturally colourful and preservative-free corn is a staple of New Mexican cuisine and is commonly used to make tortillas. Japanified's Blue Corn Taco Kits come with eight tortillas and freshly prepared Japanese fillings including tuna and salmon sashimi and kimchee sauce, glazed chicken karaage and beef or vegan beef with tonkatsu sauce and kuromame beans.
Japanified’s bun sliders come with four delicious fillings including wagyu, soft shell crab tempura and vegan sweet potato korokke. Additional sides include fried chimichurri gyozas, chicken wings, Japanese coleslaw and takoyaki.
Arepita Sliders offers a mix-and-match three or 12 pack of sliders with classic fillings from black beans, cheese and pico de gallo to pulled chilli chickedn and Venezuelan style pulled asado negro beef.
We tried out the Sugoi JPN menu recently and it was one of the most delicious meals we've had in a long while (ok, we know we've been in lockdown, but still...). We loved the Noritacos, a crispy seawood tempurda shell with sushi rice and Japanes-Latin fusion fillings. The Tropical was packed with manog, salmon, tuna, masago capelin roe, avocado, sesame seeds, aonori chive and coriander, while the Señor Crab softshell crab version was delicious.
Sides included dangerously moreish chicken karaage, sweet and sticky with a crispy ginger batter and unagi sauce, and utterly amazing octopus takoyaki, a ball-shaped snack with takoyaki sauce, spicy mayo, sesame seeds and chives. Veggie gyozas came with pico de gallo in a latin twist, with a tasty sour cream and avocado dressing. The whole meal was a taste sensation and the combo of Japanese and latin flavours works so well.
While they're not available across London yet, it's worth orchestrating yourself to be in a location you can get a delivery or takeaway to, because this is food you don't want to miss.