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16:03 February 13, 2022

17:23 February 13, 2022

A pop-up Japanese restaurant is opening its doors in Clerkenwell, run by a Michelin-starred chef who founded the famous London restaurant Kurobuta.

Chef Scott Hallsworth will launch Double Dragon on February 18, at the Firebrand Pizza site which closed in December.

Scott said: “Speak excited.

“I’ve been quite busy during the highs and lows of Covid, but nothing beats turning on the kitchen, turning up the music and cooking live.

“This time I have a wood-fired oven, which gives a great twist to some of the new dishes.”

The restaurant will be located on the site of Firebrand Pizza
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After six years as a chef at Michelin-starred Nobu in London and Melbourne, Scott founded Kurobuta, which serves tapas-style plates with drinks and is inspired by the izakaya in Japan.

The restaurant now has locations in Chelsea, Marble Arch and Fitzrovia.

Tapas-style izakaya dishes at Double Dragon

Tapas-style izakaya dishes at Double Dragon
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Scott then set up pan-Asian restaurant Freak Scene which started as a pop-up in Clerkenwell before moving to a permanent site in August 2018.

Freak Scene closed during the pandemic.

An interior view of Double Dragon

An interior view of Double Dragon
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Scott’s career has seen him work all over the world, including stints in his native Australia, Canada, Switzerland, France, Dubai and Bahrain.

Located in a former Victorian bank on Rosebery Avenue, the restaurant has high ceilings and large windows.

Its bar takes center stage, with a few counters and space for around 60 covers.

During the summer months, up to 50 people will be able to sit on the pavement outside.

Edamame Beans at Double Dragon

Edamame Beans at Double Dragon
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Scott has created a menu that uses the previous occupants’ wood-fired oven and will be used to cook unique creations, including the Japanese pizzette.

In addition to dishes created specifically for Double Dragon, the menu will also include well-known dishes from Scott, such as barbecued pork belly buns and salmon sashimi “pizza.”

There will also be a section on the menu dedicated to Japanese wood-fired tapas and a wide choice of drinks.

To see the full menu and learn more, visit https://www.doubledragon.london/menu

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