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Lauded as a "shot in the arm for Victoria", the clean-lined Kouzu is a "gently buzzing" Japanese with much to attract. Once the "immensely knowledgeable" staff have shouted out their welcome, head upstairs if you're in serious gastronomic mood. The six-seater mezzanine sushi bar is the most exciting place to be, while tables offer a tad more privacy; either way, the menu offers beautifully crafted dishes with a "big voice" and a contemporary slant. "Divine" sushi and sashimi show the chef's "authentic skills", but the kitchen can also deliver zingy ponzu-basted seared tuna with apple and garlic shavings or cubes of delicate aubergine dengaku dotted with three different miso sauces. Follow with an unusual take on black cod involving orange, ginger and cherry tomato or try crisply roasted sea bass with confit garlic and yuzu. The broad drinks list is "surprisingly versatile" too.
From a set menu.
Available: 12 June 2016
Max: 8 people
Expires: 30 September 2016
Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.
When dining from the a la carte menu.
Min: 2 people
Max: 6 people
Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.
Kouzu is a beautiful restaurant nestled in a beautiful period building. The palatial entrance leads into a sophisticated and atmospherically lit space with a magnificent glowing golden blossom chandelier dripping down into the restaurant. This double height glass fronted entrance to London’s newest and most anticipated Japanese restaurant and bar lives up to high expectations that have been set about this venue.The restaurant is set over two levels, with the downstairs space housing a cocktail bar and traditional seating area and more private dining area behind the kitchen space. The spiral staircase leads...
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What I love about living in London is the sheer number of restaurants that seem to open on a regular basis, but when a restaurant is exciting enough to warrant me returning, that’s impressive.In this instance I’m referring to the recently opened Kouzu; located in Belgravia, the restaurant is just a stone’s throw away from Victoria Station.Although the restaurant can be a little hard to distinguish (note the butterfly above the entrance), the building has a beautiful dining area and is ideal for those wanting somewhere to take a special someone...
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Kouzu is a swanky Japanese restaurant in Victoria which is housed in a grade-ll listed mansion from the 1850’s. As you might expect from such a restaurant in such a location, it ain’t a cheap affair, but the food was really rather good.We started with the beef fillet tataki (£17.50) which was thin strips of lightly seared beef, delicately flavoured with a light soy sauce and topped with a julienne salad. Prawn tempura salad with a spicy mayonnaise (£14) could have had a slightly braver spiciness about it but the prawns were exquisitely cooked; soft flesh with a glorious crunch...
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For as long as I’ve been in London Nobu, Zuma and Roka have all been the epitome of Japanese fine dining, but there’s a new kid on the block and that is Kouzu. Located just near Victoria station with The Goring Hotel as its neighbour, it is a stunning looking restaurant. The magnificent cocoon-like chandelier and sweeping staircase greeting you as you walk in, there are cheers of ‘Irrashamaise” – which means welcome in Japanese – from all the staff. I had read some glowing reviews of Kouzu and couldn’t wait to try it out.The menu is quite lengthy but our waiter, Joao could tell our indecisiveness so made...
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Exactly six months ago I came across Kouzu for the first time, a high end Japanese restaurant based in Belgravia with a little French twist. I remembered I had a great time and I found that the food was close to perfection.Recently I went for dinner at Kouzu with some other bloggers to discover their new chef's table (a private dining room for 7 people). We started the evening with an apéritif on the ground floor at the bar, then we went through the kitchen to the private dining room on the lower ground floor of the restaurant (there is also a private access from outside the restaurant to this room too).Randomly...
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Last night I was treated to what can only be described as one hell of a meal... My absolute favourite sushi restaurant Kouzu has opened its chef's table or 'secret dining room' downstairs in the basement and it isn't short of a wonder. Kicking off with a Japanese influenced Martini upstairs at the sexy lit up bar, we were then led through Kouzu's calming kitchen to a glass door towards the back of the room (it does, however, have its own entrance to the left of the main door). Seven seats were positioned around a 'U' shaped table with what I think was one way glass so that we could watch everything being...
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It is fascinating to watch the London Japanese restaurant scene mature with chefs from top-end joints starting to branch out on their own. Ex-Zuma head chef Ross Shonhan has added a rock’n roll vibe to the burgeoning West End ramen noodle scene with Bone Daddies and brought stuffed Taiwanese buns to our attention in Covent Garden at Flesh & Buns. At Kouzu another Zuma alumni, chef Kyoichi Kai from Kyushu in southwestern Japan, has decided to stick to the high-end of the market, and we have been asked along to review...
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Kouzu, which means ‘composition’ in Japanese, sits in a beautiful historical 1850s Grade-II listed period building in Belgravia. Kouzu is a slick, modern affair spanning two levels, with a sushi bar on the first floor and the main dining room on the ground floor. The contemporary décor is further glamorised by a lavish set of chandeliers gracing the entrance area.Kouzu’s head chef is Kyoichi Kai who hails from Kyushu in Japan where he worked as a chef before moving to London in 1988. Chef Kai has cooked at notable restaurants such as Zuma and most recently at The Arts Club in Dover Street. His menu includes traditional...
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I don’t know what I can say that hasn’t already been said but wow. This place is the business. And they also have quite savvy business sense. January is such a slow month for restaurants and bars as everyone decides to make up for all the money and calories they spent in December. Perfect time to invite a bunch of bloggers in and create a bit of hype then. And they deserve it. They’ve chosen a rather odd location in London to set up – a few minutes’ walk from Victoria station. While this is in fact a nice part of town (as soon as you escape the immediate environs of the station), it’s not really known as a destination...
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Let’s go back to being grateful. It was this spirit of gratefulness that led me to say “yes” when the extremely, extremely kind people at Kouzu, — a new Japanese restaurant catty-corner from the Middleton’s favorite hotel, The Goring — got in touch and invited me and a friend to visit. I have already written a lot on the subject of blogger freebies. So have a lot of other people. And you know what? I’m tired. And I don’t care anymore. Life is yours to live. Live it. Be grateful for the doors that open in life, especially the doors that let you close those others you’ve been holding open for too long..
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Follow the etch butterfly logo to a perfectly convenient place in Belgrave near Victoria Station; it’s the very first thing you notice in the dark. Enticed by the fancy beautiful Grade II mansion, contemporary minimalist design, striking light larva egg looking fixtures this is where Kouzu breathes life. Headed by chef Kyoichi Kai of Zuma and Arts Club fame, the menu is a new stream fusion of foods from around the world.
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Japanese fine dining in London has a new name: Kouzu. Unobtrusively tucked away by the Goring Hotel in Victoria, your eyes are instantly drawn to this great big chandelier sweeping across a spiral staircase, and a bar area and tables tucked away behind. The room is all decked out in pale woods and pale greens and it’s all a little too neutral to my taste. The chandelier goes some way to make up for it though!...
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ad heard about Kouzu from my friend Miles as it was on his “to go” list. I had also been seeing some enticing Instagram pictures and was excited to try. As the chef previously worked at Nobu and Dover St. Arts Club, my expectations were high.Kouzu is a 5 minute walk from Victoria station and located in a beautiful old building. The bar is downstairs and the restaurant is upstairs and maybe because it was a Monday night, the bar was completely dead and the restaurant just had three tables occupied.
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