Kouzu

4.3
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143 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Japanese
Founded by chef Kyoichi Kai, of Zuma and Arts Club prestige, KOUZU is an elegant Japanese restaurant set in a grand historical Grade-II listed beautiful period mansion from the 1850’s with a huge palatial entrance door, across from Goring Hotel.

The dining area is set out over three levels.
– The mezzanine level features the Main Restaurant and Omakase Sushi Bar, where you can enjoy signature dishes such as Soft Shell Crab, Black Cod, Tempura Vegetables.
– The Cocktail Bar & Lounge on the ground floor is the perfect place for pre- or post-dinner drinks and nibbles.
– Downstairs, through the silver open-plan kitchen is an 8-seater Private Dining Room where guests can dine exclusively and watch KOUZU’s highly skilled team of Chefs at work.

UK winner of Global Sushi Challenge 2015
Sake Sommelier Of The Year 2015

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Nail
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took 5 of my colleagues for a meal having visited many times with my wife and knew how good it would be. All colleagues thoroughly enjoyed it and will be back. Many thanks.

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MKAYA
London
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service:
My 2nd visit here and can say these guys really are passionate about their food and customer experience. The restaurant was quite full so we were glad we booked. All the food was excellent! The sushi rolls and salmon nigiri were really fresh and lovely. Restaurant was beautiful, the food was incredible, tasty, amazing presentation! Service too was attentive from the waiter...and not intrusive. If you go I highly recommend the Japanese desserts - the mochi!

The location is a 5 minute walk from Victoria Station. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND to all!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice food

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RachelG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genuine and Good Food! The staff are very obliging and friendly.

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MauraW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience2

My family of five dined at Kouzu while on vacation. Each of us felt a very strange vibe at Kouzu. We were seated in a corner of the first level by a woman who then took our drink orders. There was only one or two other tables filled. My son ordered a soda—a coke. She said they didn’t serve any soda in the restaurant. Really? So he instead ordered a water. She proceeded to bring a large bottle of water that she opened in front of us. I asked what it was—that he wanted just a tap water in place of the soda they didn’t carry. The server then left the table. Another gentlemen came around and sort of took over. I asked him why they didn’t carry any other drinks except water—he said oh we have lemonade coke, Diet Coke etc.
The next strange thing was the menu. They gave us ample
time with the menu and when they came to take our order I asked what a certain thing was—he said oh that’s a priz five menu that’s different! This menu has never been passed out to us.
This was a sushi restaurant and what is nice—and needed quite honestly—is a rundown of each item as it’s placed on the table, as the majority of us ordered a la carte. This didn’t happen.
I will say the food itself was delicious, however, the strange vibe we got coupled with the sizable price tag would deter me from patronizing this restaurant again if given the chance.

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vipAndrewP
London
20 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Kouzu's food is always outstanding and highly recommended! But the service can be rather slow, even when the restaurant is not very full - an area for improvement...

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selim
Monaco
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great meal ,prawn gyoza was amazing ended up having two lots.

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porteurk
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and welcoming staff

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vipwilw
London
85 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely ambience with high quality food. Only issue is that it's quite a leisurely service so not great if you're limited to an hour. Recommended if you're having a working lunch as it's not noisy and there isn't pressure to leave immediately after service. I'd go again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience2

Excellent food overall - had sashimi, nigiri, tempura, aubergine and softshell crab starters (much recommended), gyoza. Good sake. Service very poor for an establishment of this price. The waitress' English was quite poor (I normally never complain about this) , she couldn't answer any specific questions orders were taken piecemeal, and I had specifically mentioned in my booking it was my wife's special birthday. Nothing at all was said or done, which is disappointing. Communication was minimal. Another waiter was friendlier. Perhaps it was her first week working here? Human touch is important and this is why I can only give a "good" score overall, as this is not a cheap restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful selection of food. Great location and service. Not the restaurant fault that there was raucous gang of ladies and they moved us to get away from the braying!!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was pretty good but the ambience was not unfortunately. Shame.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was great value for afternoon tea. But there was a miscommunication on booking which made us almost leave the restaurant.
The front person agreed in the end but the it should have stated the booking need to be done per 2s. We were party of 3. Especially I did make a call to the restaurant to assure about the booking as I did it get email response about my inquiry.

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PhilH
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This a nice stylish place - the sushi isn’t quite up to the mark. Tempura was too greasy. Staff were lovely - but a little disorganised

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vipMimigoose
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Lovely small modern Japanese restaurant. We ordered the spinach with sesame dressing - great! - the broccoli - good but very small portion - the fillet steak - a bit tough - and house salad - fresh and great dressing. Overall pleasant and easy spot to talk and hang out...Id go again for a neighborhood spot but not for the food. Perhaps if we ordered the waygu beef it would have been better...but it was very pricey!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Gréât food

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EmmaM
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable when it comes to the menu.

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AnnaT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible and overpriced food even worst service. Sorry but it was total waste of time and money :-(

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey, but all delish and a great atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Food is just so-so. Well, I could perhaps tell already from the moment I stepped in, I was the only one there. Service is alright. Staff is just alright too.

You would have expected more especially they are using the Michelin star label, but I guess it’s just one of those which only relies on the label and has nothing special. Quite a pitty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I was with my husband for dinner last Saturday, the atmosphere is calm, the service is good, but the cleanliness and the organization of the ladies' room and the stairs leading to the bathrooms leave something to be desired.
The bathroom was dirty, the stairs dirty For the environment I thought they should improve.
But the food is very good.

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FernandoG
London
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Exquisite food. Nice and relaxed atmosphere. Friendly and attentive waiter service.

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vipKC12
London
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Booked for a lunch meeting as it's close to my office. The restaurant is small but we had to look for the waiter. The service has been sloppy: no one at the reception when I arrived, bringing the miso soup without spoon, we had 1 bottle of water but charged for 2, etc. The food is so so.

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vipNHDiner
New England
15 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Second visit to Kouzu. I'd give it 4.5 stars if that was an option. The sushi, sashimi, sake, lamb chops, and scotish filet were all excellent. But 86 Wagyu beef, which was disappointing. Overall a great meal.

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InnaR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice place, but the food is so so. First time didn’t like tempura, because it was too oily.

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ECHT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elegant Japanese restaurant in Grade-ll listed building in Victoria. A warm welcoming, followed by brilliant dinner. Tasty food, excellent sushi, very relaxed atmosphere, wonderful and helpful staff. Japanese whiskies and cocktails we amazing. Highly recommended.

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CristinaP
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and very very kind and nice Brazilian manager and waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food at a reasonable price!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Food was alright, service was poor. They brought a dish that had sesame when we told both waiters that someone at the table was highly allergic. At which point no one told us if it was in the dish until we asked repeatedly. Management came over after we paid our bill and said next time we came they would give us dessert and coffee. Will not be coming back

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vipCoop1571
London
36 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very well presented Japanese food that tasted delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We reserve table and we end up at the bar eating
We stay have hour we have our food quickly and we went to another ti have our wine
The reception guy was not professional restaurant was empty and he insist to put us upstairs at the bar
We told him we reserve table and he insist that it’s our reservation
Except that all was great food and sushi chef , waitress all was professional
I will not go again because if the reception guy

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vipXXXXfoodloverXXXXX
London
23 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and very accommodating as we took our one year old with us and we felt very welcome and had a good time

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, beautiful venue.

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vipAndreC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cocktails, cocktails, cocktails. Based on the ones we had, spot on. The sashimi starters were excellent, loved the yellow tail truffle. However, our main courses fell short. We went with the lamb chops and ribeye steak, and requested both medium rare. Either we got a bad cut of meat or perhaps should have gone with medium cooked as the ribeye was chewy and not easily edible. Luckily dessert saved the day.

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PatrickA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food was good. WE focused on sushi/sashimi and soft shelled crab, which were all good. The Bento box was fair value. But the drinks were very expensive which pushed a good quality meal at quite a high price towards the stratosphere for what we had.
Service was very slow. Patrons taking a table at 6.00pm are likely to have something go to; but it took 45mins to get our main sushi/sashimi patter and starters, which on a fairly quiet evening was tedious.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The restaurant is nice, but fairly overpriced for what it is.

We had the 7 course tasting menu, and I can’t say that it blew my mind. Don’t take me wrong, the food was tasty, but not worth the hype/price we paid.

What was mostly upsetting, is that after supposedly seven courses, we went to Leon and managed to eat a whole burger and a side each. The portion sizes were so small, you are left as hungry as you were before the meal. And whilst tasting menus are always small plates, this felt like a joke/rip off when we saw the final bill.

Extremely disappointed!

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sorayan
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Tasteless meal. the food had no character and it is the first time in my life we cancelled the rest of the order. The yellow tail was too sweet, the crab not crispy, the california had no taste at all and was watery as if the crab was not fresh but canned.
An appalling excuse for a meal that was not cheap. Service was Lazy and noone blinked when we cancelled the food and got the bill levaing most of the meal on the table.
Only memorable thing was the Sake which was a good bottle but it did cost over 60 GBP. Dont go if you like food. Go for the style maybe.

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SandraS
London
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, food was super tasty. We will definitely return.

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vipUndecided
London
108 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The experience was okay. Nothing exciting or spectacular. The fish was good but not mouth watering as some Japanese restaurant in London. Service was amazing and location is good.

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IsheGA
London
8 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent choice for pre-theatre meal. Service was quick but friendly. Can not fault the food - went for aubergine and soft shell crab starters and sushi platter for two as the main. Mini birthday cake slice was a nice touch.

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Kouzu is rated 4.3 stars by 143 OpenTable diners.

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