Where? Kouzu is contemporay Japanese with classical French influence at 21 Grosvenor Gardens, London, SW1W 0JW
When? Six months after opening, we visited for an early dinner at the sushi bar, but don’t miss downstairs for the main restaurant and chic cocktail bar.
What we ate? Get an early seat at the sushi counter and see your dishes being made individually by sushi masters for a unique experience. We shared everything to try as much as possible, including salmon with julienne apple and cucumber and yellowtail truffle. We followed this by a selection of nigiri; tuna, yellowtail, salmon, sea bass and prawn tempura roll.
We settled on one hot dish, lamb chop hoba yaki, served with chilli miso sauce, marinated peppers and grilled courgette.
Food envy? The puddings! All look looked delicious, but we were stuffed. I managed to find space for a delicious scoop of green apple and yuzu sorbet, but the black sesame mille feuille looked exquisite.
What’s it like inside? The scent of cherry blossom hits you as you walk into the Grade II listed period mansion. Cool and calm, it’s a tranquil haven just steps from busy Victoria station.