Bite-sized Summary: Having opened a second location just down the road from the first, Kanzo is bigger and better than ever. With all your favourites still on the menu, they’ve refined their offerings to provide a casual dining experience that really is value for money. Expect fresh, vibrant sushi and sashimi, and make sure you don’t leave without trying the grilled salmon roll.
When we first discovered Kanzo a few years back, it was a small hole-in-the-wall sushi joint serving up no-frills, delicious Japanese classics at a very reasonable price point. This local gem quickly became our go-to, whether we were in the mood for hot teriyaki salmon, fresh sashimi or one of their special signature rolls.
Since then, they’ve opened up a larger restaurant further down the road, with their original location serving mostly take-away orders. Featuring minimalist Japanese-style interiors with clean lines, light timber, hanging pendant lights and a touch of anime in the form of cute figurines and a totoro decal.
With the upgrade came a fresh new-look menu, brimming with everything from sashimi to donburi, udon and ramen. Nothing particularly innovative by any means, but everything I look for in a local, casual Japanese restaurant – fresh sushi and sashimi, and all the classics done well.
To start (i.e. the buffer to calm my hungry partner while I take photos of everything else 😅), we ordered gyoza; deep fried pork dumplings ($7 for 5pcs). These had a lovely, light and crisp outer shell and were tasty to eat with the dipping sauce, however, I found the filling was nothing outstanding and lacked the delicious, moreish flavour characteristic of great gyoza.
Sashimi feat. cute carrot butterfly
The team behind Kanzo have really stepped it up since opening their new store. What used to be slices of sashimi served on a wooden board, is now a very high-end, vibrant display of chilled, raw fish. Pictured above is the medium mixed sashimi ($27 for 18pcs), which was just about as fresh as it comes.
Soft Shell Crab Roll
Kanzo offers a range of large sushi rolls for $10, including fresh salmon, teriyaki and chicken katsu. We decided to opt for the soft shell crab roll with avocado ($14), which featured big pieces of juicy crab with a crispy coating, and fresh avocado. I thought this was delicious, however, my partner found it a little salty. I’d recommend trying it with only a tiny bit of soy sauce, or perhaps some Japanese mayo instead.
Grilled Salmon Roll
The sushi rolls at Kanzo really set it apart from other casual Japanese restaurants for me. Generous in size and bursting with fresh ingredients, Kanzo also ups the ante with their ‘Special Rolls’. Although not traditional by any means, the grilled salmon roll ($17) is one of our favourites and absolutely keeps us coming back for more. Featuring a a juicy tempura prawn and avocado roll ropped with seared salmon and lashings of japanese mayo and special sauce (okonomiyaki sauce??). A rich and delicious contrasts of flavours and textures, this is a must-have at Kanzo!
As an inner-city dweller, Parramatta isn’t exactly the most convenient option for a casual Japanese meal, but Kanzo Fresh Sushi really is just that good (and fresh!) I’m yet to find a local gem that compares with the quality and taste of this Western Sydney treasure, which has really set the benchmark for comparison.
This post is based on several independently paid visits to Kanzo Fresh Sushi.
Kanzo Fresh Sushi
Shop 2/111 George Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
(02) 8628 0789