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First Taste of Convoy's Restaurant Kazu

Restaurant Kazu, 3904 Convoy Street
Restaurant Kazu, 3904 Convoy Street

Spawned from Sakura, the sign-less Kearny Mesa izakaya with legions of loyal fans), the new Restaurant Kazu is similarly sign-free, tucked between Imperial Mandarin and Tsuruhashi Japanese B.B.Q. in the same Convoy Street shopping plaza as its predecessor. While Sakura always offered a few noodle dishes (sea urchin, clams and mussels) alongside their sushi and other delicious small plates, Restaurant Kazu's menu is straight outta carb-land, with a pasta-heavy lineup that takes cues from Japan and Italy. Your meal starts with edamame and bread with balsamic dipping sauce; familiar pastas like bolognese and squid ink share menu space with spaghetti tossed with shishito peppers and yuzukosho, a Japanese citrus and chili pepper paste, and fermented soybean(natto)-topped noodles. One of the best plates is a dish of cold noodles tossed with shiso leaves, cod roe, salmon roe and squid. At lunch, there's $12, three-course prix fixe menu, just avoid the over-priced wine list and stick with Asahi.
· Sakura's New Spaghetteria [Radiused Corner]
· Sakura Opening Another Restaurant [mmm-yoso]