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21 Grosvenor Gardens
Being shoehorned into a corner of one of Victoria’s elegant old buildings seems slightly incongruous for a smart, modern Japanese restaurant, but Kouzu’s sympathetic, elegant design transforms the space entirely. Despite the shouted greeting at the door, there’s a “gentle romantic buzz” about the place that makes it perfect for date nights – although the business crowd also take full advantage of its “special energy”. “Wonderful” sushi is the headline act here, from old-school nigiri to ‘new-style’ rolls such as negi hamachi (yellowtail, kizami wasabi, aonoriko seaweed, bubu arare seasoning and cucumber). If you prefer your food cooked, the kitchen also delivers excellent tempura, Wagyu beef from the robata grill and specials, such as roasted duck breast with pickled kumquat and miso orange sauce. Desserts are “very well presented” too. Friendly staff “take time to listen”, and the drinks list will take you pretty much anywhere you want to go – and that includes some sexy cocktails.
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21 Grosvenor Gardens
Victoria Tube Station 180m
Victoria Station 403m
Victoria Bus Station 194m
Victoria Palace Theatre 256m
Mon-Sat 12N-3pm (Sat 11am- ) 6-10pm (Fri-Sat -11pm)
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Food + drink: 5
Had a third date here, yes.. Tinder. Romantic, beautiful dinner spot. We picked the grilled aubergine, Alaskan black cod, duck breast and a range of their wonderful sushi.We both work in the city so it was convenient. I loved the gentleness of the place. A restaurant with a special energy. Pleasant service, lovely food. I will return and make sure I return with everyone I know who enjoys Japanese food.
Kouzu is a rather small Japanese restaurant which has a bar on the ground floor as well as what looked like stools around the kitchen area, and conventional dining tables as well.
The menu is simpler than the menus at Roka, Nobu or Sake No Hana and there is quite broad choice. Desserts were very well presented.
It's a great place if you want to have a great quality sushi, also if you want a place for a civilized dinner or a good second date, this is the place.
In my opinion, it is better than Nobu, better than Roka and on a par with Sake No Hana.
The staff are really friendly and take time to listen to you.
Kouzu is near to Victoria (but in the nice end, meeting Belgravia). Its a Japanese restaurant with a gentle buzz. The decor is minimalist but has its own little quirks. It's a bit like the most interesting person at the party who you will not be aware off, unless you make a conscious effort to get to know.
The food on the other hand does have a big voice. Beautifully crafted like art pieces. There is now a chefs table which I will look forward to trying soon, to see the masterpeices in their creation. It has all the classics of a Japanese restaurant but all with their own special twist as you would expect. Your experience will be maximised if you're on the sushi counter as here you can see the preparations too. The bar is cool and service is good.
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