21 Grosvenor Gardens, Victoria, London

Upmarket Japanese where the food does the talking

Our USP - Unique Selling Proposition
"Very cosy, yet luxury feel to our restaurant, amazing and delicious black cod."
- Kouzu
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Address:21 Grosvenor Gardens
Map:Map & nearby
Nearest Station:Victoria
Opening Hours:

Mon – Fri: 12:00 – 15:00

Mon – Thurs: 18:00 – 22:00
Fri – Sat: 18:00 – 22:30
Sun: closed

The Bar
Mon – Sat: 12:00 – 23:00
Sun: closed
Menu:See Menu

Dress Code:smart Casual

Facilities & Info:
  • Smoking area
  • Party bookings accepted
  • Private hire available
  • Booking advisable
  • Disabled access/facilities
  • Children welcome
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Background music
  • Live music
  • Private space
About: Founded by chef Kyoichi Kai, of Zuma and Arts Club prestige, Kouzu is a contemporary Japanese restaurant that is located in Belgravia across the Goring hotel.

The builiding is a grand historical Grade-II listed beautiful period mansion from the 1850's with a huge palatial entrance door, a floating mezzaine level upstairs which is an omakase sushe bar. It's a combination of an 80-person seated restaurant and cocktail bar.

Venue also features private dinning room on a chef's table that caters for up to 7 guests exclusively.

Kouzu is also the proud winner of 2015 global sushi Challenge and our fantastic sommelier Miguel who has won Sake Sommelier of the year 2015 awards.

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Nearby alternatives

  1. Wagamama (0.1 miles)
    Cardinal Place, Victoria, SW1E 5JE
  2. Yo! Sushi (0.2 miles)
    Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 9SA
  3. Nobu (0.5 miles)
    Old Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K 1LB

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"Upmarket Japanese where the food does the talking"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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On paper Kouzu has all the defining aspects of a swanky Japanese restaurant aimed at the well-heeled: it’s located within a Grade II listed building on Grosvenor Gardens, on a path frequented by diplomats and royals, and the kitchen is headed up by one Kyoichi Kai, formerly of members only The Arts Club and celebrity favourite Zuma. However once inside, flourishes are kept to a minimum – in fact the only adornment is a cluster of lights that hangs all the way down from the mezzanine ceiling to the ground floor.

They’ve decided they want the food to do the talking, and fortunately it’s all conversation-worthy. Yellowfin tuna with ponzu dressing and truffle oil is superb, with the perfect balance of rich and citrussy. Ordering sushi may seem a less exciting proposal than say, the wagyu beef rib loin (priced at an eyewatering £85) or the charcoal-grilled salmon marinated in sake, but we’re impressed with the chu-toro nigiri, an irresistibly fatty tuna. Even the humble salmon and avocado roll with mustard leaves tastes punchier than usual.

But it’s not just the fish that’s good. Lamb chops are supremely tender, served with a spicy miso sauce and a salad of cherry tomatoes, asparagus, onion, peppers and courgettes; duck breast is perfectly cooked and rosy pink, sprinkled with Japanese peppercorns.
For dessert we’re urged to try the black sesame ice cream, as silky smooth as gelato but more nutty than sweet, which works. There’s also dacquoise, a French sponge dessert layered with nuts and cream; Kouzu’s version comes with fig jam, figs and salted caramel, which despite how it sounds avoids being too gloopy.

With most dishes designed for sharing, Kouzu is a little on the pricey side, but that’s to be expected when guests like Princess Stephanie of Monaco turn up within the first two weeks of opening. But this is no showy establishment without substance - on the night we visit, restaurant royalty Alan Yau is perched at the bar facing the open kitchen with two of his chefs, taking notes.

Leila reviewed Kouzu on Wed 17 Dec 2014

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