Rating: Two thumbs up, gold star potential
Time in: 6:20 PM
Servers’ recommendations: Salmon and spinach pasta with cream sauce; pasta with crab meat and creamy tomato sauce; cod roe, seaweed, and shiso pasta
What we ordered: Shrimp and crab croquette, salmon and spinach pasta with cream sauce, shishito pepper pasta with mushrooms and yuzu pepper
Number in our party: 2
Final check amount: $35.56
- We realize that a Japanese-Italian restaurant sounds odd, but they really do know how to make their pasta.
- Are they going to follow their sister restaurant (Izakaya Sakura)’s example and not have a sign? That’s so ballsy!
- The restaurant is very pleasant and cozy. Ideal for nice dates. The music is super-romantic.
- The olive oil that they serve with the bread is good stuff.
- The servers are enthusiastic, friendly, and competent — we’ve come to expect less from a Japanese restaurant!
- The croquettes are so yummy! I was worried when I saw that they didn’t come with a sauce on the side, but they didn’t need one.
- The pasta dishes are also delicious, and the flavor combinations are creative and unusual. They’re not greasy or heavy; the cream sauce is nice and light. The spaghetti is cooked perfectly — al dente, but not chewy.
Rating: One thumb up, one sideways
What we ordered: Fixed lunches: carbonara + corn soup + caprese (Miko), garlic tomato sauce with shrimp + potato soup + Caesar salad
Number in our party: 2
- We know that this place is going to end up with a gold star, but not for their lunch special. They do pasta beautifully, and they are a perfect dinner restaurant. It is lovely for an evening date, where you stare into each other’s eyes over glasses of wine. For lunch, I want something easier and less fussy.
- I also just happened to order a dish that I didn’t end up liking. Jenne’s garlic tomato sauce with shrimp was delicious! Their carbonara, however, proved disappointing. Their salmon and spinach in cream sauce is so light that I could happily finish a plate of it every day of my life, but the carbonara was really heavy. It reminded me of why I don’t usually go out for Italian — it sat in my stomach like a bag of wet cement, and I had eaten barely half.
- Their salads are also kind of meh. The tomatoes in the caprese were not ripe, and Jenne suspected that the croutons were from a bag. Surprising in a restaurant that seems to focus so much on detail!
- Also, we would really have liked a little dessert included in the fixed lunch. Just a single piece of chocolate. A tidbit of panna cotta.
- They don’t have x-factor, which makes a restaurant cozy and homey, but what Bistro Kaz DOES give us is the feeling that we’re on a romantic getaway. It’s a lovely place, and we’ll be back again for dinner soon — I’ve been eyeing the uni (which is one of my favorites at Izakaya Sakura, their sister restaurant) and the crab pasta.
Address: 3904 Convoy St, Ste 105
Website: Whoa, these guys aren’t even on Yelp yet.
Accepts credit cards? Yes
Parking: Shared lot with a good number of spaces
Ideal group size: 1-4
Available vegetarian options: Oil and pepper pasta, tomato and garlic pasta
Who not to bring: People on a budget, first dates
Noise level: 2