ULI – bringing back ancient Japanese cooking methods

ULI has already proven itself as one of Notting Hill’s most popular Asian restaurants, with its menu of Chinese, Thai, Malay and Singaporean dishes whetting appetites in West London. Now they’ve gone and upped their game by introducing a new selection of robatayaki Japanese fare. Robatayaki, or robata, is one of the oldest Japanese cooking methods, with origins dating back to a time long ago when fishermen used to take boxes of hot coals onto their boats to grill and cook the fish they caught.

Head chef Joe Jangkedtong and senior sous chef Jasper Wong are staying true to the tradition by cooking an array of meat, seafood and vegetables at high temperatures to help preserve their natural flavours and juices, before imbuing them with Japanese
seasonings, sauces and garnishes.

Seated inside ULI’s cosy terrace, we were welcomed with lychee martinis, which were lovely and refreshing on the palette. Other signature cocktails here worth shouting about include the Rising Sun – a blend of woki sake vodka, prosecco, raspberries and
blackberries, and the Japanese Bellini – a sparkling combo of jasmine tea and

We came hungry as we were keen to try the mixed seafood grill, which includes king prawns, scallops with seaweed butter and salmon negishio. The prawns are undoubtedly the standouts here. Beautifully cooked and presented, they’re meaty and full of flavour. The salmon, too, was a real treat – the style of cooking definitely came through, adding to the flavour.

We also had the robata sirloin steak with spicy Thai suace. My word the meat was delicious! Tender and juicy, with a little kick from the sauce – wonderful stuff.

If big sharing platters aren’t really your thing, then there are smaller light bites which might be a more suitable option. Try the Shishito Padrón peppers or Grilled courgettes with tamari and sesame oil.

ULI originally opened on All Saints Road in 1997 and was a firm favourite among locals and critics who visited at the time. It’s since made even more of a name for itself in its West London home, with the restaurant really benefiting from its terrace area – a stunning little enclosed space with a hanging garden, which makes for a perfect date night setting. Don’t worry, blankets and heaters are on hand to keep you warm this winter!

ULI has mastered the art of alfresco dining, as well as the ancient method of Robatayaki.

For more information visit ulilondon.com