If you ask me, getting married and opening a restaurant is the same brand of crazy. Half of marriages end in divorce. Meanwhile 60% of restaurants don’t make it past their first year while 80% fail in five years.
But then again, often the stinkiest cheese is the most flavourful. Which is to say avoiding potential bad parts means you don’t get to experience the good. Abstaining from things going wrong is abstaining from life.
Still – how good is it when it all works out? When you dodge the stats and succeed? We should ask Koku Kitchen since in the space of a year (?) they are already on restaurant number 2. First one was Ramen (yum). Second one is buns. (I mean!)
Koku Kitchen Buns have got themselves a prime piece of real estate, next door to Tlaxcal. They have an offset purple neon sign that states ‘buns’. Indoor its exposed brick walls and high metal shelves loaded with cascading greenery. At the back, an open kitchen with a fair few women chefs wearing their hair pinned up with a doo wop bandana style.
The pork buns (9.5€) are fab: an aluminium tray full of dinky jars with which to load up your two steamed buns. You can (and should) order another couple for (1.5€) because the meat serving is generous enough that you can stretch it to 3 – maybe even 4 depending on how much you like the green stuff.
Homemade lemonade in a mason jar. Truthfully I could do with a glass of it instead but all is forgiven as I am a sucker for a good homemade lemonade. The donburi of grilled chicken thigh is delicious as is the molten egg. I am less convinced by the sauce of soy, mirin and sake and think I may ask for it on the side next time.
A lot of people are sharing plates, where as we have ordered one each and are well stuffed by dessert time. The table next to us orders one of each it seems. I spy a green tea cheesecake among other appropriate and delicious looking sweets.
Koku Kitchen Buns is sure to be a success and with some minimal tweaking (more vinegar on the cucumber ribbons say or the aforementioned donburi sauce) will be a destination for those seeking out contemporary asian fast food.
Koku Kitchen Buns
Carrer del Comerç, 29
08003 El Born