Several months ago I stumbled across my “new” favorite restaurant and bar Chez Kenzo. The later happy hour from 5-7 pm lured my friends and I in, but the super friendly service, great drinks, and exceptional food has kept us coming back. This restaurant is a unassuming place with food I can plainly describe as Japanese/Italian fusion with a local twist.
Sometimes you can’t explain why something is so good without just eating it. This would explain the Hane Cheese Gyoza. This is the best dish I’ve had this year or maybe top 5 – ever. Six spinach wrapping pork dumplings layered with a mozerella cream crust! Yes I do have a little dumpling obsession, but paired with cheese?!! This dish is fall on the floor good!
The menu at Chez Kenzo is extensive with over 100 dishes, and more pasta dishes than most Italian restaurants paired with traditional Japanese food, and then those random local dishes like Menchi Loco Moco (to die for!) or their Portugese Bean Soup. I love their simple, but al dente and delicious pesto pasta that is only $6 during happy hour.
Chez Kenzo is one of those places like Home Bar and Grill (another one of my favorites) that has become so popular that getting a table during peak hours is almost impossible. Reservations are highly recommended or going at off hours.
To the chef and owner of Chez Kenzo I just want to say thank you! It’s so great to find an original place with exceptional food, service, affordability, and mouth watering dishes!