Raising the bar high for sushi places in New Cairo.
Concept: High-end contemporary Japanese featuring two menus (dining and sushi)
Address: Swan Lake Compound – First Settlement – New Cairo
Type of cuisine: Contemporary Japanese cuisine
Beverages: A full bar with creative signature drinks
Signature dishes: Kazoku’s two signature dishes are both fish: Miso Glazed Black Cod and Broiled Chilean Sea Bass. They are served with either roasted potato or roasted mushrooms and garlic; and steamed rice or grilled rice miso paste.
Dishes sampled: As we were guided through the dual menu selections, we chose to sample cold and hot starters and a variety of Kazoku’s unique maki rolls. We started savoring our dishes with the Tataki Tenderloin, thin slices of seared beef cold cuts, over a bed of goma dressing, which is soy sesame based, sprinkled with shaved toasted almonds and crunchy garlic. This dish qualifies as one of the highlights of our dining experience. The next delightful surprise was the Octopus Carpaccio sprinkled with citrus olive oil and spicy red chilies dressing and avocado chunks. The last of our cold selection was the Soya Miso Cured Salmon topped with minimally chopped chives, red onions and shitake mushroom over a mixture of miso aioli mayo. Our hot starters were the trio Kushiyaki – Japanese for skewers – of sirloin, chicken and shrimp; Yakiniku Barbecue a 150 gram of grilled medium rare tenderloin that came wrapped in a banana leaf over a hot griddle. The meat was beyond tender and blended perfectly with the spring onion dip; and the Shrimp Almonds: tempura almond-coated jumbo shrimps accompanied by sweet chili sauce.
From the sushi menu we indulged ourselves in a carefully selected assortment of maki rolls – created in an unorthodox mix of ingredients like dates and roman. The Kazoku pyramid made of shrimp tempura and fresh asparagus is made for spicy-food lovers just like the mini crunchy salmon hand rolls served in a portion of 4. The soft shell crab was our deep fried tempura choice and turned out incredibly tasty. Thankfully, we were sold into trying their dessert selection, which is served in small portions inside in a partitioned bento box and made to share. So we did: white chocolate mousse, dark chocolate fondant with caramel popcorn, peanut butter rice pudding, and lemon curd. Needleless on say, Kazuko is a heaven for food aficionados and a long-awaited gem to the Cairo eatery scene.
Other menu options that appealed: We would have loved to try the Miso Glazed Black Cod (one of their signature dishes) and we are definitely coming back for that.
Décor: Kazoku is very well divided into different sections, dining, lounge, sushi counter, bar and outdoors. The restaurant is elegant and sophisticated and provides a relaxing atmosphere even on its crowded nights. The right balance between ambiance, lighting, music and impeccable service creates the perfect dining/outing experience.
Clientele mix: Trendy crowd
Price range: Above average for a good reason
Address: Swan Lake Compound 1st Settlement New، Cairo Governorate
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 2pm to 1am
Tel: +02 24690331 / +20 127 000 4877 (reservation is advised)
Facebook page: kazokuegypt
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