Vibrant, innovative dishes from Japanese heritage
Vibrant and innovative dishes, inspired by Koj’s heritage and experience in Japan.
As soon as you enter, the sights, sounds and smells from our open kitchen are a unique part of the experience at Koj. A small, informal dining room creates the atmosphere for socialising over Japanese grazing dishes and drinks.
We are pioneering a #NOsushi Japanese dining experience in the UK, opening up a new cuisine to anyone put off by raw fish but delighting Japanophiles who know that there is so much more to this cuisine.
Upstairs in Bandana Monkey bar, guests can enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail, retire for a digestif, or pop in for a quick bite before the theatre or after work. As well as an enviable list of Japanese craft beers, sake, shochu and whisky, we have created our own list of Japanese-inspired cocktails, including one using our own Japanese gin, Kojin.
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Do not expect a cookery school with a showroom kitchen; this is a warts and all experience in a real working restaurant and bar, perfect for a small group of friends or teambuilding event. The syllabus can be tailored but a typical programme would include:
2.30pm Assemble for tea and a welcome and debrief by Koj. Split group into 3 groups.
3.00pm Groups spend an hour on each section.
Group 1 - Cocktail masterclass with Dan Morgan
Group 2 - Yakitori masterclass with Robin Stock
Group 3 - Gyoza masterclass with Koj
(New for 2018 – a haiku masterclass with Paul Conneally, Cheltenham Literature Festival Haiku Poet in Residence – at additional cost)
6.00pm Tools down, aprons off; time for a pre-dinner cocktail and yakitori
6.30pm Dinner (Please advise us of any food allergies)
Sample menu (to be agreed)
Yakitori (with drinks)
Selection of appetisers, gyozas and steamed buns
Selection of grazing and side dishes to share
£125 +VAT per person (minimum 6, maximum 12) to include:
- Tuition and ingredients for MasterClass
- Japanese tea on arrival, one pre-dinner cocktail and dinner
I used to go to Japan on business, before I became a chef. After a day of meetings, I liked to escape my hotel and find somewhere to unwind amid the busy atmosphere of locals socialising over food and drinks.
I liked being able to order dishes without the constraint of 'starter, main, dessert'. Even here in the UK, I often order two starters instead of a main, to try more things. It works even better as a group, if you are happy to share!
Bandana Monkey bar is our cocktail bar, hidden away upstairs, where guests can enjoy a different vibe over a pre-dinner cocktail, retire for a digestif, or simply pop in for a quick bite before the theatre or after work. As well as an enviable list of Japanese craft beers, sake, shochu and whisky, we have created our own list of Japanese-inspired cocktails.