Fusion food is good. Japanese fusion food is outstanding and Kuza Restaurant demonstrates just how to do it affordably too.
Walking in, you are instantly drawn to the graffiti mural, dark decor, soft mood lighting and well dressed staff. A hip and funky look to the recently opened Japanese izakaya restaurant in the busy Victoria Park Café strip. Recently, the Entertainment Card added Kuza onto their list, so diners may also enjoy a 25% discount.
The menu is a delectable selection of Japanese food, cooked, raw, hot or cold, there is something for everyone. Typically the share plates are small allowing the diners to sample a wide range of dishes. Each dish is beautifully presented and illustrates a distinct level of innovation and creativity. Fear not, the food tastes just as good as it looks.
Always a favorite is the salmon ceviche with truffled citrus ponzu sauce.
Twice cooked pork belly confit, on a bed of apple miso puree and crowned with a creamy parsnip slaw. Dorper lamb cutlets grilled with house teriyaki sauce, served with mint jelly and simply melt in the mouth and not to be missed. The tofu lovers will relish in the agedashi tofu, smothered in bonito flakes and sauce. Pork gyoza, crispy fried soft shell crab rolls etc etc, the list goes on and too numerous to list ……try them all !
As more of a main course size we opted for some fish and seafood. Grilled Hokkaido scallops, miso roasted cod and the unagi kabayaki, exceedingly fresh, wonderfully cooked and gratefully devoured.
Kuza really is a wonderful dining experience. This was our third visit, and suffice to say, we’ll be back.
Our rating 4.5 / 5. Price for two including wine $158. For me, definitely a two-thumbs up !