Restaurant Kazu is a small Izakaya (bar-styled) Japanese restaurant owned and run by Japanese people on Ste-Catherine's street. They specialize in cooked foods with added twists, making Kazu a unique and delicious dining experience. Because the restaurant is so small and popular, expect a long line-up at any given hour. It's totally worth the wait though.
Accessibility - Grade: A
It's situated on Ste-Catherine's street, for God's sake. You can't get anymore convenient than that. It's about a 5-10 minute walk from Guy-Concordia or Atwater metro (it's somewhere between the two).
Service - Grade: B+
The owner and waitresses are all Japanese. There is one random white waiter, but he seems to be able to speak Japanese too. The waitresses were very nice, all smiles and bows, but were often rushed since it's such a busy restaurant. Completely understandable. My only complaint now is that I can never seem to catch them while they're open.
Food - Grade: A
When we ordered the shrimp pancake, we certainly were not expecting this. It consists of a piece of bagel topped with a crab patty and salad sprinkled on top, then drizzled with their special sauce. The crab patty was juicy and didn't taste sandy or artificial, the bagel was soft and warm, and the salad balanced out the other dry ingredients. So. So. Good.
Slices of tuna and salmon sashimi served with a side of sushi rice and topped with salad.
The salmon and tuna were tender, and the tangy sauce brought out the natural sweetness in the sashimi. The plate is sprinkled with sesame seeds, seaweed flakes and a bit of pepper flakes, which adds a touch of spiciness to the fish. Coupled with the salad and the vinegary rice, this dish is light and refreshing.
|48-hour Pork Bowl|
I had read favourable reviews of this dish online and wanted to try it. While the pork was very tender, this dish didn't seem as special to me as the others did. I found that it tasted a bit bland and dry, which might be because I'm more used to my pork being spiced. Still, it's not bad, per se; it just didn't have that special oomph that the other Kazu dishes had.
|BBQ Pork Neck|
Final Grade: A-
So, if it's so awesome, why the minus? I'll tell you why. Because they're never open anymore. At least not when I'm there. Huh. Maybe it's a conspiracy. Maybe, like in Harry Potter, they've cast a spell so that whenever I approach, the only thing I see is an empty shop with a sad little hand-written note telling me that they're sorry but they are closed. I need to find me a magic-hacker...