64 Charlotte Street , W1T 4QD
WLC Rank : 297
Glass from : £ 7 (175 ml)
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Kazu, meaning ‘peace and harmony’ in Japanese inclines towards clean wines with barely any oak influence, particularly with whites. ‘Our wines nod to the finesse, purity and simplicity of Kazu’s ambience,’ says co-founder, Avinash Mirchandani...
Kazu, meaning ‘peace and harmony’ in Japanese, sounds like ‘Chisou’, the operator’s former restaurant, but very different to the tones often achieved by the less tranquil musical instrument, the kazoo. Its list inclines towards clean wines with barely any oak influence, particularly concerning whites. ‘Our wines nod to the finesse, purity and simplicity of Kazu’s ambience,’ says co-founder, Avinash Mirchandani.
Mirchandani describes three of his favoured producers, selected to pair harmoniously with both the flavours from the kitchen and the philosophy stated in the restaurant’s namesake. ‘Domaine Fouassier, one of the oldest wine growing families in Sancerre combines traditional methods, a deep understanding of terroir passed down ten generations and those of modern biodynamic viticulture, while relative newcomer to Rioja, David Sampedro from Bodegas Bhilar is pioneering a drive to redefine a fresher, lighter version of the rich Spanish classic. Whilst back in France,’ adds Mirchandani, ‘artisan Beaujolais producer, Lucian Lardy works tirelessly to preserve his family legacy and is committed to making estate-grown wines, overseeing every stop from farming to bottling.’
Kazu’s co-founder, Dham Kodituwakku trained in Japan then worked for 15 years at Chisou, Mayfair. Alongside sushi and sashimi, his menu at Kazu comprises small plates such as cow tongue cooked with soy sauce and sake, and poached chicken gizzards, as well as larger wagyu rib eye in red wine and teriyaki sauce, and miso cod.
As well as the cute wine list, there are sakes, of course, sweet potato shochu, Japanese whisky, and, perhaps oddly, even a sambuca.
By Douglas Blyde.