Anyone who wakes up and starts thinking about sushi a 9 AM clearly has a problem so “yes” I admit it… I have a problem. (Step # 1 “Check”) — but I LOVE my sushi problem and I can always get a reliable fix when Keizo is behind the counter at his namesake K-Zo Sushi in Culver City.
Keizo first got me hooked on his signature kumamoto uni and caviar while he was head chef at Sushi Roku (West Hollywood). Then he had me enamored his live Octopus Carpaccio. It’s nothing like the cooked purple and white octopus sushi you find at most places, and is more like sliced scallop in its opaque translucent color but with a firmer texture. I’ve been a long an loyal customer and am always amazed at how innovative his preparations are and delighted by his choice of unique and interesting fishes.
For example, I used to think sushi did not get better than a nice choice cut of Toro (fatty tuna). Oh how wrong I was. Recently, K-Zo has been serving Nodoguro (Blackthroat), a Japanese Seaperch. It is equally tender and fatty but scores 1,000 times higher in flavor than toro, especially when gently charred with a torch. Another interesting fish you can find at K-Zo is Barracuda. It’s got superb flavor and texture. Like most of the sushi prepared by the chefs at K-Zo, there is no soy sauce required.
If you don’t know what to pick, try the omakase. Keizo will make it right for you. It will be perfectly coursed out for you with each item prepared to be equally beautiful as it is delicious. You can get a small taste of the artistry behind their preparations by ordering one of the prix-fixe menus, which serves up and assortment of sushi dishes, including salmon roe, monk fish liver, Kumamoto oysters.
I could go on and on about this place but I just wouldn’t do it justice, so I’ll have to have the photos do the work for me.
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