If restaurants were albums then Kazu would be a Greatest Hits. Like Chisou just off Oxford Street, the eaterie where Kazu’s head chef Dham Kodituwakku made his name, this is a place serving a compilation of all of Japanese food’s many number ones hits. You want tangy teriyaki and butter-soft wagyu beef? They’ve got ‘em. Fresh-off-the-boat sushi and sashimi? Check. Black cod to rival Nobu’s? It’s all here. If you do want to stray away from the classics though there are some innovative dishes too. The Charlotte roll was a Who’s Who of the sea: salmon and avocado roll, topped with tuna, yellowtail, sea bass and avocado and dressed with yuzu miso, while a Kani salad – snow crab meat, avocado, ying roe and tempura flakes – was a beautifully subtle dish. We’ve got to give a special shout-out to the udon and soba too because they use bonito stock rather than the usual pork-based stock, great for those of us who don’t eat pork (and very, very tasty).
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