Friday, April 13, 2007

Counterstrike at Kazu

The title of this post simply meant that I struck Kazu again. Reservations were made at approximately 2.30pm and we were told that there were only seats at the counter left on a Thursday night. Being seated at the counter also meant that I get to gawk at the sizzling grill, see what comes off the grill and get to ask about what I cannot identify.

It was inevitable for me, having eaten at both Kazu and Kushigin to make comparisons on their offerings since their focus was on charcoal grills. After tonight, Kazu remains the undisputed option simply because, it edges Kushigin out a notch in terms of quality and beats them hands down in variety. I had to lament the disappointment that I had for them being out of the short neck clams and anglerfish liver which I had originally intended to make home in my stomach tonight. The crab and pumpkin croquette had also been replaced by the crab and corn.

pumpkin with chicken miso

This was a minced chicken in miso sauce over cooked pumpkin. Nothing fancy but if you like pumpkin, you'll probably want to give it a try. I thought it turned out to be quite a good snack. Even the carb fillers were something to look forward to.

oyster rice (seasonal)

This was basically rice infused with oyster flavour and some bits of vegetables. The portions were actually quite small, so it didn't fill up very much. Served hot, it was rather tasty and tasted a lot like yam rice. The only gripe with this was that there were very little real oyster. I counted only one. Would have been good to have a couple more in there. This wasn't featured on the menu as it's seasonal.

beef tongue

mushroom in pork belly

tuna with miso

squid tentacles

chicken hearts

minced chicken in japanese pepper

forgotten fish with miso

stuffed lotus root

apple and pork

bacon with prawn and scallop

Excellent stuff. The scallops and prawns are deceptively juicy as with all the other grills in this place.

foie gras of course


Did I say deceptively juicy before? Here's another one that you can pay heed to.

lamb chop

Kazu serves a mean lamb chop. This boned in meat tops the one I had at Kushigin which I had thought was pretty damnd good already. Sizzling hot meat and fat wrapped with char marked surface and pinkish juicy flesh near the bone, one could be less surprised at how many other places that serve lamb don't do lamb chops this good.

japanese sweet potato

These sweet potatoes were nothing short of excellent. Even more so with the butter which you could rub over and let melt into the potato which was already fragrant by itself. If you haven't had these Japanese sweet potatoes before, Kazu would be a good place to try them. I ended up eating the whole thing, skin and all. The cooking process was just a grill and what was tasted was just the potato where condiments were unnecessary and the butter was but icing.

bbq tiramisu

This seems to be a signature tiramisu of Kazu. The reason as explained by the server why it was called bbq tiramisu was because the top of the mascarpone was scorched to create a char aroma before the cocoa powder is sprinkled on the surface. The result was a smoky fragrance that paired with the bitter (and choke inducing) cocoa and the sweet mascapone cream.

the score cup


Biby Cletus said...

Nice post, its a really cool blog that you have here, keep up the good work, will be back.

Warm Regards

Biby Cletus - Blog

StomachIsWillingButWalletIsWeak said...

what's the damage like for this meal?

LiquidShaDow said...

@Biby Cletus
Thanks. :)

Damage is abt $149 for 2 persons.