Sushi, soba, tempura, and other delectables. 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm - Not open Mondays.
The new owner says that Kaz has recieved two new reviews since changing hands. Obviously these folks don't know traditional Japanese fare.
I had the katsudon (a pork cutlet sauteed with sliced onion and scrambled egg in a sweeter sauce). In short, hard to mess up. When it arrived, I recognized the rice as long-grain, undercooked, and swimming in a pool of water. Then I noticed "Where's the pork?" and dug deeper, trying to find and count the pieces. They'd used half a cutlet instead of the usual whole. The new owner promised me earlier in the day that he hadn’t cut corners. With the rice hard, and the meal soupy, I asked for a side of sauce. It was a bit too sweet, which indicates that the chef didn’t adjust the seasoning, and can't cook rice!
My companion's meal consisted of rice with tuna on top. What's that? Egg on Tekkadon? It was good, but the tuna amounted to half. Add to this the tea (what kind of tea IS that?), the smelly hand towel (what kind of chemical IS that?), and the music (what kind of music IS that?) and the nice blonde girl, and you have a non-authentic Japanese restaurant experience and a couple of customers who won't be going back.
Nice girl, left a decent tip, and said "sayonara" to my favourite Japanese place, one that has fed me for 15+ years now. I only wish I had a way to thank the previous owners.
If this place changed hands in the past while it makes sense to me now - this little hole in the wall used to thave the best cheap sushi in town. Excellent quality and well made. The last two visits here, however, have been noticably poorer. The food was not as tasty, the meat in my udon was tough and bland, and the sushi rice was soggier than what it should be. I'd not recommend Kaz anymore though as it is not what it used to be. Too bad!
We recently visited Victoria and went to Kaz restaurant. The food was mediocre at best and the service matched. Our server spoke very poor english and was not very accomodating. As for our dinner, the BC roll was very good and it was otherwise extremely disappointing. Of note (not in a good way) was the chicken karaage. It was coated with sugar and tasted like a donut crust on chicken....eeeewww. After one bite, wee immediately told our server that our chicken karage was very unusual as we have had it many times before, but it tasted like a donut. We asked if that was SUGAR on the chicken and she confirmed that it was. After checking with the sushi chef she came back to let us know that it is just how they do it there and did not offer to either remake the dish or take it off our cheque. Not very professional or accomodating.
We will not be going back but if you do choose to go, steer clear of the karaage.
I tried Kaz for the first time last week and I think I'm going to have to go back soon! They had the best spicy tuna rolls I've had in Victoria and the service and ambience were also excellent. The tempura was also excellent and the sampling I had of my partner's teryaki beef was yum as well!
While most of our meal was okay, the crab (real, not the extruded stuff) in the California roll had a distinctly odd flavor. Our concern that the food might be off was not helped by the fact that the sushi chef had been hacking and clearing his throat while we were sitting and waiting for our dishes to arrive.
I joined my partner for lunch there last week. The sushi is amazing. The service was good and fast too, which is hard to find most days, especially at lunch, and very reasonably priced. We will go back. The tempura was the best I have had outside of Japan! The walls would look amazing painted a beautiful golden yellow, it would add a lot to the ambiance!
If you're looking for real authentic Nigiri sushi and sashimi, this is where you should go. I'm much a Japanese food lover, and know what I'm eating, and this place offers by far the best quality sushi and sashimi.
Only drawback is that the kitchen that makes dishes other than sushi and sashimi does not serve up to the standard of sushi bar. Their teriyaki, udon, soba, tempura, and etc. are below average (well, I should say mediocur). So if you're not much of a sushi lover and only try other entree items, you'll be somewhat disappointed.
The restaurant is quite small and busy, so make reservation if you're for sure to eat some great sushi!!
I had the tempura udon....... I honestly thought it was beef broth. It was brown, and tasted like tempura sauce with something else. The noodles looked like fat fettucini, not udon noodles, and the tempura was in the soup and of course goes all slimy and soggy. gross.
The few pieces of sushi i had were fresh and good, but nothing to write home about.