Woky Ko to open third restaurant

Like buses, these restaurants.

Bristol restaurateur and MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen has announced he’s to open a third restaurant in Bristol. Woky Ko: Kaiju is a Japanese grill and ramen concept housed in a shipping container and sits in Cargo 2 just above Squeezed and Meat Box.

Larkin has teamed up with a familiar face for the new venture, too. Chef John Watson will be taking the helm, having recently sold his restaurant No Man’s Grace on Chandos Road.

The 40-seater restaurant is inspired by the Japanese Izakaya concept: casual dining in a bar-style atmosphere. To eat, expect barbecued skewers cooked over bichotan charcoal (popular in Japanese cuisine for cooking at high temperatures) on the robata grill, as well as ramen. Other dishes you can expect to see are duck meatballs with plum ketchup and charred leek with Sichuan peppercorn. There will be seating at the grills so diners can watch the chefs at work, too.

The team haven’t rested on their laurels when it comes to the drinks menu either: a Nikka Tan Old Fashioned and Negroni made with Woky Ko’s own gin from Psychopomp will be on the go, alongside wines and beers.  

This is a new direction for Watson, who was previously head chef at The Gallimaufry and also help positions at Casamia and The Kensington Arms.

“I can’t wait to make the move to Kaiju at Wapping Wharf. The area has such a fantastic, buzzing atmosphere,” he says. “Cooking on the Japanese robata grill will bring an exciting, new concept that we hope customers will love. Expect a seasonally-led menu with ever-changing dishes.”

Larkin adds, “It’s […] really important to me that we can impart knowledge of another type of Asian cuisine to the chefs we nurture to keep passing on the traditions and art of Asian cooking to this new generation.”

Bookings for Woky Ko: Kaiju can be made now via ResDiary.

Main image: Kirstie Young