Super Sunomono and Other Small Plates At K-Zo

While Hounds have already made much ado about the sushi at the elegant new K-Zo, it’s worth checking out the small plate selection, too. Their small plates menu is broken down into a selection of cold and hot plates, along with some daily specials. The waitstaff tends to play it safe with their recommendations, so you’re probably better off just going nuts and following your heart.

Sunomono is a surprise favorite, says Kishari. Steamed monkfish liver and eel, plus a lovely combination of dark purple and green seaweed, elevate this dish far beyond mere cucumber salad.

Marinated Japanese eggplant and hotate dynamite (broiled scallops and mushrooms) are also standouts. Other promising dishes like deep-fried soft-shell crab with ponzu, and black cod with miso, suffered from temperature issues; we hope these will work themselves out as the restaurant ages.

Their fish selection can be variable: one week, the yellowtail sashimi that came with their lunch special was superb; the next week, the sashimi accompaniment was not so great, WBGuy reports.

K-Zo [Culver City-ish]
9240 Culver Blvd., Culver City

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