By Arrainna Aguirre
A place to grab sushi and other Japanese dishes, Koze Teppan Grill has two locations, one on the west side, which opened on N. Mesa in 2008, and one that is brand new on the east side.
I chose to try the new location on Joe Battle since it is closer to my home.
When I had first gone to the restaurant, it was 4 o’clock and nobody was there so I was a bit confused. I did come to find out Koze is actually closed from 3 to 5 p.m., which was a little strange for me, but I went back at 5 for dinner time.
Koze Grill offers a sushi bar, wine bar and a sake bar. It also allows the Chefs to showcase their skills to the customers as an added bonus.
Restaurant workers said they close for those two hours simply because they do not get a lot of customers during that time.
The atmosphere has a very cool vibe.
The lighting is dim and everything, from the dishes to the decor, is very sophisticated.
I liked how the whole restaurant was set up.
When you walk in, a hostess greets you.
There is a bar and to your left there are booths as well as Teppan tables, where you could watch the chef cook your meal.
I ordered the Grilled Chicken Spiced Teriyaki on my visit.
I thought it was extremely tasty and the service was great.
The staff was very attentive. As far as pricing goes, it is reasonable. Not too cheap but not too pricey as well, so fair.
Both Koze locations are open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., then 5 to 9:30 p.m. The restaurant stays open until 10 p.m. on Friday and operates on Saturday 12 to 10 p.m. and on Sunday 12 to 9 p.m.
Koze accepts reservations and also caters events.
I would definitely recommend Koze for anyone looking for a nice dinner date or even just to take friends and have a good time.
I am definitely going to be going back soon.