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Kouzu

Restaurants, Japanese Belgravia
4 out of 5 stars
(18user reviews)
Kouzu

Time Out says

A fine dining Japanese restaurant in Belgravia, Kouzu's kitchen is headed up by ex-Zuma head chef, Kyoichi Kai. It's set in a mid-19th century, Grade II listed building with a mezzanine level upstairs and an omakase sushi bar downstairs. There's a cocktail bar, too.

Sashimi, nigiri and maki play prominent parts on a menu not afraid to add a contemporary twist or two - the 'new stream sushi' section features pan-fried foie-gras with spinach, fruit coulis, wasabi and teriyaki sauce, for example. More traditional dishes include salmon namba yaki from the charcoal grill, a range of tempuras, and miso-marinated black cod with a fennel and celery salad.

A wide selection of whiskies features ten from Japan, complementing a drinks list boasting signature cocktails, Japanese beers by the bottle (Asahi, Kirin Ichbanshibori, Sapporo) and a varied selection of sake.

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Address: 19-21 Grosvenor Gardens
London
SW1W 0BD
Price: £41 and over
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Opening hours: Monday – Friday 12:00 – 15:00 DINNER Monday – Thursday 18:00 – 22:30 Friday – Saturday 18:00 – 23:00 Sunday Closed THE BAR Monday – Thursday 12:00 – 23:00 Friday – Saturday 12:00 – 00:00 Sunday Closed
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Users say (18)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:11
  • 4 star:3
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:3
  • 1 star:1
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Kouzu is a beautiful restaurant. The food is great and sushi is ace!

1 of 1 found helpful

Kouzu is one of my favorite places in London as raw fish is superb fresh, sushi and sashimi are the best in this restaurant. The dishes are very well decorated and presented. The ambiance is very nice and cosy. Salmon yuzu, Yellowtail with truffle dressing and Alaskan black cod are my recommendation. Enjoy.

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Went here for a business lunch and can honestly say is the best food I've ever eaten. I cannot recommend highly enough, it was fantastic. Service was superb, without being too intrusive - just right, made you feel like you must be a really special person and helped make the whole experience very memorable.

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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.
Great place!

Great & fresh food, good service and nice decoration. Just the soundtrack (electronic music) was not really in accordance with the place, too bad. Anyway, I would recommend that place.

Tastemaker

I went on a cocktail and sushi making masterclass, and I wasn't disappointed! The cocktails were delicious, and they catered to my gin-hating fussiness! The sushi was also delicious, and very fresh. 

tastemaker

Having received a sushi making experience as a present, I arrived at Kouzu with high expectations. I wasn't disappointed. First came the cocktails with explanations of how to make with recipes to follow. The espresso martini was fantastic. Three cocktails were given but I opted for a non-alcoholic between the other two. The sushi -making experience was wonderful with the freshest ingredients and clear explanations. A wonderful gift.


Great food and variety in menu. Particularly enjoyed the mains with excellent quality fish and meat. Would recommend this restaurant to non sushi lovers as well.


Very disappointing and over priced meal accompanied by over loud early noughties 'lounge' muzak.  £160 for a modest meal of shashimi, some nigiri and tempura with a middling bottle of French white wine.


London has some wonderful Japanese restaurants this is not one of them.


I went with my boyfriend to give Kouzu a try as we're both big japanese food fans, sadly though, the food was average with maybe a highlight here and there, and would not say it was value for money. 

We had the yellowfish sashimi and beef carpaccio for starters, which were both tasty but the avocado wasn't quite right with the yellowfish and the freshness of the beef was not that fresh. 

Next was a spinach goma topped with a stale prawn cracker and tastily well seasoned prawn tempura. The highlight of the meal was the next course of nice sized sushi pieces with really fresh fish. 


Lastly we had the chocolate sponge dessert which had a 'warmed in the microwave' feel and taste to it. We also had some yummy but very overpriced sakes. 


All in all, the service and the ambience was ok, the food was average but the overall experience wasn't amazing for the high-end prices being charged. 


Great lunch time offer & pretheatre offer! Recommend to all who love Japanese cuisine.


Kouzu is two minute walk from Victoria station, right across from the Goring hotel. A great discovery to be honest. You can have the same quality sushi that you can have at Zuma and Nobu paying much less. Very friendly and happy staff. Highly recommended.


Hello. Kouzu was recommended to me by a close friend who knows what a big fan of Japanese food I am and my experience with fine dinning restaurants. I will keep my review short and will try to make it helpful. First of all, it was not very easy to find the place as they have no sign. It is located opposite of the Goring Hotel, so that would be the easiest way to find it. As soon as i entered the building a shout of 'Welcome' in Japanese was interesting , very elegant design and the staff friendly and professional. Very good service. I ordered a big selection from the menu as i wanted to try as much as possible. To be honest, i was very impressed with the food. It was much better then i was expecting. Sashimi, the fish was so fresh, tempuras very crispy, spicy tuna roll special, all ingredients of best quality. eventually the bill was surprisingly affordable. Great experience at Kouzu, good luck. You have gained 5 stars from me.


Love this restaurant. The best, freshest Japanese Food in London. Try the Black code and new style Sashimi. 

Tastemaker

This place had all the ingredients for a fantastic dinner but unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to its potential.


I came in a large group from work and we ordered from a small pre-theatre set menu. We had two vegetarians and a vegan so I emailed ahead to double check that there would be appropriate options and they assured me there would be. 


Upon arrival, the restaurant looked elegant and I loved the open kitchen upstairs so you could watch the sushi chefs prepare the cold dishes. 


we started off ordering a few bottles of wine which took far too long to arrive. when it came to ordering the food I was truly shocked. the vegetarian option for the main was a tofu steak which we soon found out contained fish sauce!!!! we asked instead for it to be served with a different sauce and the were not very accommodating. Our starters were a mix of sashimi dishes and tempura, which all arrived at our table at very different times. The mains followed suit with some served cold. I asked if the beef steak was supposed to be cold and the waiter tried to tell me it was. 


Overall the food when it did arrive and was served at the correct temperature was actually lovely but was massively let down by really poor service. Also marking a dish as vegetarian which contains fish sauce is completely unforgivable in my eyes.


If you are looking for a smooth and speedy pre-theatre spot this is not it! 


Went for dinner at Kouzu yesterday with the timeout voucher I had bought for my self and a friend. Food is good but the proportions they give you on the set menu is extremely small. 


The appetisers we were given only had 4 pieces of very very thin and small beef tataki and the same with the yellow fin truffle.  The chicken main was good which we paid £5 extra for but the sushi was average. We sat at the chefs table where they were making a lot of nice types of Maki and Nigiri but what we got was a basic Salmon roll and some Nigiri. 


I believe that with these deals they offer, the food should be the same proportions as to what is on the menu, just that the set menu offering would be limited. Not nice to sell these deal (its a deal for a reason) vouchers to people and then treat them differently to your other guests. 


Won't be visiting again. 

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