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.
Not only is the menu impressive with a wide range of different types of sushi but the restaurant boosts its appeal by serving dishes that have a European twist.
An intriguing idea but not one many restaurants can perfect.
To start I had the sea bass with salsa and green pepper sauce. The sea bass was deliciously fresh with a sharp yet sweet salsa. The extra garnishing although pretty, was a little excessive but this aside, it was a well-balanced dish.
The yellowtail with truffle dressing was my personal favourite and although the truffle dressing seemed a little heavy-handed, wasn’t a huge concern in regards to flavour with the tart, earthy flavour complementing the fish.
The o-toro aburi nigri was seared on the outside giving the fatty tuna a nice subtle smoky taste.
The spicy tuna roll was surprisingly not drenched in spicy sauce, (compared to previous sushi joints I’ve visited) which I much preferred. The lack of dressing and rather a subtle spicy coating, meant that the tuna could be tasted and not masked by any strong flavours.
The mains from both the grill section and specials, tended to focus on a European approach with the first being the beef fillet steak with vegetables.
The beef was decent and moist but a little too overcooked for my liking (ordered medium-well by my accomplice) and the sauce had the sharpness you’d expect from Asian cooking. However, the vegetables were what was most notable; vibrant in colour, with an enhanced flavour and added sweetness.
Chicken is not usually a meat I tend to order and although versatile, I personally find it has no ‘oomph’. This was the dish that changed my opinion.
The chicken was golden and incredibly crispy and knocked any other fried chicken out of the park but what was most surprising was the internal meat; soft, succulent and even bouncy in texture. The chilli sauce was also the perfect accompaniment to the beautifully cooked chicken, being spicy yet still sweet with a touch of tartness to round the dish off.
For desserts we ordered the dark chocolate mousse with apricot brandy.
Arriving beautifully presented, the glistening chocolate mousse was soft, creamy and enough to satisfy any chocoholic but the real stand out taste was the apricot brandy oozing from the middle.
On the day of visiting, we were informed two new desserts were being introduced and weren’t on the menu, one of them being green tea tiramisu. Although I do enjoy dessert, I lean more towards savoury dishes and green tea offers that potent, fresh, sharp taste and along with the creamy mascarpone, I much preferred it to its traditional Italian counterpart.
Kouzu was a breath of fresh air in a saturated London market and although new on the block, it wouldn’t surprise me if the restaurant has a long list of foodies who not only want to visit, but those that return time and time again.
I was kindly invited to review Kouzu.
– Kouzu, Belgravia