Friday, April 13, 2007

Counterstrike at Kazu

Kazu Sumiyaki, Cuppage
The title of this post 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.

Kazu Sumiyaki
It was inevitable for me, having eaten at both Kazu and Kushigin to make comparisons on their food since their focus were both on charcoal grills. After tonight, Kazu remains the undisputed king because, it edged Kushigin out in terms of quality and beats them hands down in variety. I lamented over the loss of the short neck clams and anglerfish liver from their menu 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 The crab and pumpkin croquette had also been replaced by the crab and corn.

Kazu Sumiyaki, miso chicken pumpkinpumpkin with chicken miso

This was a minced chicken in miso sauce over cooked pumpkin. Nothing fancy but if you like pumpkin, it's kind nice.

Kazu Sumiyaki, oyster riceoyster rice (seasonal)

This was basically rice infused with oyster flavour and some bits of vegetables. The portions were quite small, so it didn't fill up very much. Tasted a lot like yam rice. My only gripe with this was that there were very little real oysters. 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.

Kazu Sumiyaki, gyutanbeef tongue

Kazu Sumiyaki, mushroom pork bellymushroom in pork belly

Kazu Sumiyaki, tuna misotuna with miso

Kazu Sumiyaki, squid tentaclessquid tentacles

Kazu Sumiyaki, hatsuchicken hearts

Kazu Sumiyaki, shishito chickenminced chicken in japanese pepper

Kazu Sumiyaki, fish misoforgotten fish with miso

Kazu Sumiyaki, lotus rootstuffed lotus root

Kazu Sumiyaki, tororo ringoapple and pork

Kazu Sumiyaki, bacon scallops prawnsbacon with prawn and scallop

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

Kazu Sumiyaki, foie grasfoie gras of course

Kazu Sumiyaki, shishamoshishamo

Did I say deceptively juicy before? Here's another one.

Kazu Sumiyaki, lamb choplamb chop

Kazu serves a mean lamb chop. This topped the one I had at Kushigin which I had thought was pretty damned good already. Sizzling hot meat, fat wrapped with char marks and pink juicy meat near the bone, one would be surprised at how many other places that serve lamb don't do lamb chops this good.

Kazu Sumiyaki, sweet potatojapanese sweet potato

These grilled sweet potatoes were delicious. Even more so with the butter which you could rub over and let melt into the potato which was already nicely flavoured. I ended up eating the whole thing, skin and all.

Kazu Sumiyaki, tiramisubbq 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 bit of char 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.

Kazu Sumiyaki, score cupthe score cup


Bijoy 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

Anonymous said...

what's the damage like for this meal?

LiquidShaDow said...

@Biby Cletus
Thanks. :)

Damage is abt $149 for 2 persons.