K-ZO was the special spot for my latest celebratory dinner with friends. It’s a Japanese and French fusion restaurant in downtown Culver City. The name stands for the chef-owner “Keizo Ishiba,” who brought together his classical training in both French and Japanese cuisine to create a unique and exciting menu. It was so extensive that it took us a while to figure out what to get, but we ended up picking some excellent dishes to try out – family style of course.
We started with the Kanpachi Yellowtail Carpaccio. The wasabi cream sauce was a little overwhelming at first, but the jalapeños provided a great kick to start off the meal! Next, we had the Beet and Goat Cheese Salad, which I highly recommend. I usually don’t like goat cheese, much to the dismay of Amy who is the biggest goat cheese lover on earth, but I found this cheese really tasty paired with the juicy red and yellow beets and micro-greens. Then we savored the Crab and Avocado salad which was good as well; you can never really go wrong with that combination. Last but least of the appetizers, the highly anticipated Foie Gras Sushi came out. It was pretty amazing. Just imagine buttery foie gras melting onto the warm sushi rice before it hits your taste buds.
Moving on to our main dishes, we were served the Kurobuta Pork, Scallop Risotto with Truffles, and Suzuki braised Chilean Sea Bass. Out of the three, my favorite was the sea bass. It was cooked to perfection with the sweet miso soy sauce, and the presentation was lovely. The Kurobuta pork was a close second, with the tasty and artistic mustard dollops. Especially noteworthy was the soft boiled egg, which I love to have as runny as possible. As for the truffle risotto, the rice was a little soft for my liking, but again, beautiful presentation with the creamy green foam and shaved black truffles.
We finished the meal strong, with some cool sparklers and – as if I have to even tell you – black sesame ice cream, of course!
K-ZO / Culver City, CA