A new all-day Nikkei-style restaurant from the team behind tapas bar Bravas, and the original investor in sites such as Yauatcha, is to launch in London’s St Katharine Docks on 5 January.
The 15-seat Amaru will be from restaurateur-chef duo Bal Thind and Victor Garvey, and will serve light Japanese-Peruvian – often known as Nikkei ‒ dishes designed for sharing, such as ceviche, sashimi, tiraditos, salads, priced between £4-6.
The menu is inspired by Garvey’s love of Japanese street food, which he discovered when he lived there completing restaurant stages at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, and will also be available in grab-and-go format.
Typical dishes will include prawn ceviche with coconut and mango, toasted sesame-crusted tuna with avocado, sushi with a mix of salmon, yellowtail, and tuna, while desserts will include white miso cheesecake, green tea tiramisu, a mandarin and wasabi, chocolate mousse and homemade lychee and Valrhona grand crus chocolate truffles.
The drinks selection will feature freshly-squeezed juices including watermelon and yuzu, and carrot, apple and ginger; plus coffee and matcha lattes.
The interior décor has been created with an izakaya (Japanese bar) in mind, and the site will also feature an exterior seating area on the dock in the summer.
Thind said: “We feel there is a real demand in London for high quality but affordable takeaway dishes. We have worked to develop the menu to offer healthy and delicious food.”
Thind and Garvey launched tapas bar Bravas in March this year, also in St Katharine Docks. Thind was also the original investor on restaurants including Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Busaba Eathai.