Just Opened: Kozu

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Just Opened: Kozu

Where Is It: Parsons Green, South West London
 
What Is It: Previously Mao Tai, the site reopened in June as Kozu. It’s the joint venture of Nobuhisha Takahashi, former Nobu head sushi chef in both London and Cape Town, and Mark Barnett - proprietor of Mao Tai for 29 years.
 
The concept: A vibrant and contemporary Japanese restaurant where friends can meet and enjoy sharing plates of delicious Japanese food, from freshly prepared nigiri and sashimi at the sushi bar to tempura, grilled fish and meat from the robata grill.
 
The food: The menu is simple, fresh and contemporary with sauces created so you can taste and appreciate the freshness and quality of the base meat, fish or vegetables.
 
We tried: The lighest Pink Prawn Tempura (wasn’t smothered in batter which made was a welcomed change), melt in your mouth Tuna Sashimi, Black Cod (it did not disappoint) and scrummy Crab Maki. Not even a bit of room left for pudding (#nexttime).
 
Who goes: South-West London 30-somethings on date night, small groups of friends and local residents. There isn’t much in this neck of the woods as good or as glam as Kozu unless you head much further towards Chelsea.
 
The vibe: Intimate and cosy; not too flash but sophisticated and upmarket. 
 
What we liked the most: That you can have a light snack at the chic, elegant and popular cocktail bar OR a full on delicious meal in the restaurant itself.
 
Anything else? Sit at the sushi bar and you can watch Takasan and his fellow sushi chefs at work as you eat. And if you ever went to Mao Tai, this is better.

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