New bar spy - Kisama

Birmingham’s Getting A New Japanese Restaurant


Last updated . By Georgia Evans.


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In a move to prevent confusion for its guests, Nocturnal Animals has re-branded its restaurant to Kisama. Chef Alex Claridge will continue to run the ground floor bar under the same name, but will showcase modern Japanese cuisine in the basement.

Nocturnal Animals only opened in November, however a spokesperson has suggested that while the bar concept worked, guests were expecting the restaurant to be the same as Claridges's other venture, The Wilderness. As a result of this, they’ve decided to take things back and change the restaurant's name to Kisama, highlighting an emphasis on Japanese cuisine, with a menu echoing this change in direction.

The sample dinner menu of 10 courses, priced at £65 a head includes Koji fried crab, duck egg okonomiyaki and Iberico pata negra pork cheek. If you’re in the mood for the whole experience, the £90 14 course menu, paired with a cocktail and sake flight, sounds like one heck of a journey, with the addition of Miyazaki wagyu katsu sando, tuna belly sashimi and aged Cornish scallop.