Kazu’s again!

I have a massive craving for sushi right now. Instead of satisfying my craving, I’m sitting here writing about sushi instead. This is from awhile ago. I was hungry so I ordered a bento box and two sushi rolls. As always, the service at Kazu’s was great.

The bento box included a siesta roll (cilantro, sriracha, tempura shrimp, avocado), three pieces of nigiri, a piece of fried white fish, salad, and miso soup. Remember the last time, I said that the ginger dressing tasted funny? This time, it was different and I enjoyed the salad. There was something weird about the dressing the last time I had it. That doesn’t matter though. I just want sushi. I don’t care much for sides.
kazu's - siesta roll bento

I also ordered a spicy tuna roll and mexican roll.
Kazu's - spicy tuna and mexican roll

Chelsea got the tempura udon. The tempura shrimp was legendary. It was calling for me to eat it. It takes a lot for tempura to impress me. It’s very hard to get it right. Raw Bar and Kazu’s know what they’re doing and have got it right. When I fantasize about tempura that’s what I picture in my head. On the other hand, Gainesville hasn’t kindled my tempura fantasies. Out of the four sushi (Miya, Matsuri, Shooting Star, Dragonfly) places I’ve tried tempura in Gainesville, none was really memorable.
Kazu's - tempura udon

Here’s a picture where you can really see how big the shrimp was. When I got home and went through the pictures, I found that some pictures I took captured Chelsea failing at picking up the noodles. See here for an animation the fail.
Kazu's - tempura udon

Kazu’s for lunch

Tuesday afternoon, I went to Kazu’s for lunch with my good friend Gan. The place is pretty small; it has 4 tables of 2 people and 2 tables for larger groups. It’s always packed every time I go. During dinner time, there is usually a wait. The decor inside is nice, it feels like a Japanese restaurant. Most of the menu consists of Japanese appetizers, rice bowls, noodle bowls, salads, and sushi. I really like going there for lunch because they have bento boxes for lunch and their lunch specials are cheap. You can get two rolls for $9.25 and most of the bento boxes are all under $10.

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I got the siesta roll (tempura shrimp, cilantro, spicy sauce, avocado) and the spicy tuna roll (spicy tuna, cucumber). I thought it would be weird having cilantro in a roll, but the siesta roll has to be one of my top 3 favorite rolls. The cilantro and the spicy sauce go really well with the tempura shrimp and avocado. Kazu’s sushi menu doesn’t have too many specialty rolls and the ones they do have don’t really appeal to me. Their basic rolls, ones you’ll find in almost every American sushi joint, are really good though. The rice is always consistent and they’re perfectly seasoned and cooked. Nothing ruins a roll like improperly cooked rice. I really like the tempura shrimp they use in their rolls. As you can see from the picture, you get huge tails sticking out for maximum crunchiness.

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Gan got the snapper katsu bento. It came with potato salad, salad with ginger dressing, rice, and sauce. You also get a miso soup with every bento. I didn’t really like the sauce, it was too vinegary. The katsu was really crunchy, light, and not greasy at all. The same salad with ginger dressing came with my two rolls. I’ve never been a big fan of ginger dressing and this one didn’t sway my opinion. I don’t mind the taste but the mushy, gritty texture of the dressing feels weird in my mouth.

I would definitely recommend going there for lunch or dinner for some quality sushi, but you can’t beat their lunch specials. You can choose from 6 rolls (tampa, california, mexican, siesta, spicy tuna, crab lagoon) at two for $9.25 (also comes with salad) and most of their bentos are under $10 (comes with miso soup). If there was one near where I lived, I would definitely go there at least every other day.