Written By Sophie MacKenzie Places / Restaurants / Victoria Jul 29, 2014 Return of Sen Zushi SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestThree months after the devastating fire that closed down Sen Zushi’s Fort Street establishment, the longtime Victoria favourite has reopened in a new, temporary location. Taking over what used to be Kaz Japanese Restaurant (1619 Store Street), Sen Zushi re-launched with a July 3 grand opening. “It was a crazy day. We were only open for dinner [that day]; it was very busy. So many regular customers came; many brought us flowers,” said manager Naoko Kokubun. With a fresh coat of paint and some kitchen renovations, the team at Sen has transformed their new space into a simple, yet intimate, version of the previous location. The limited space in the new Sen means that some of the regular menu items had to be temporally suspended, yet most of the favourites remain (for my family this includes the BC Roll, the Unagi Bateria, and the Lunch Time Bento Specials).According to Kokubun, “We want to bring back the special menu items as soon as we can [including their Whole Grilled Squid].” For now, Sen is bustling with regulars and tourists alike. “We are very busy at dinner time,” says Kokunun. “Lots of regulars come and tourists notice us more. We miss the local neighbourhood clients who used to come for lunch. All the people who worked in the offices around the old location, we would like them to come in and say ‘Hi’.” As far as the old location goes, the fire destroyed the kitchen completely and left the seating area with extensive smoke damage. For Sen, this means a new beginning. While it will take nearly a year for the new restaurant to be completed—they are hoping for May 2015—plans are in the works for a two level facility, which includes a VIP. room for party and event rentals. But until then, Sen will remain in their temporary Store Street location dishing up some of the city’s best sushi.“It’s so nice to be back,” says Kokubun. “It was sad when we [the staff] had to separate, but now we are reunited and the restaurant is open again.” WebsiteAddress: 1619 Store Street, V8W 3K3 Phone: 250-385-4320 Twitter: @SenZushiBC FacebookJapanesesen zushishushi SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Sophie MacKenzie Sophie MacKenzie is a food enthusiast through and through. When she isn't busy working early mornings shifts at a local bakery, she can be found creating and photographing original recipes for her wholefoods centred blog. Her ... Read More You may also like Events / Victoria July 17, 2017 Vancouver Island Feast of Fields Celebrates 20th Anniversary Pictured above: The first Feast of Fields Vancouver Island organizing committee. (Left to right) Sinclair Philip, Alfons Obererlacher, Mara Jernigan, ... Read More Events / First Look July 1, 2017 Up Island News & Buzz (July/August 2017) This past winter gave all of us extra appreciation for a much anticipated warm sunny Island summer; the lineup of food and drink festivals ahead is ... Read More Destinations / First Look June 26, 2017 Newly relaunched Cure Lounge in Whistler is just in time for summer fun Nita Lake Lodge proudly relaunched its Cure lounge just in time for some fun in the sun during Canada’s 150th summer. Built in 2008, Nita Lake ... Read More Events / Okanagan June 22, 2017 Deconstructing Dani García and the Feast: Food and Film Festival Everyone loves popcorn and junky food before a movie, but arguably—or absolutely—better are hand-selected local bites and drinks. Patrons to ... Read More First Look / Vancouver June 21, 2017 Vancouver Buzz May/June 2017 Springtime in Vancouver, love is in the air with a touch of Paris. A French invasion of pastry is taking over Vancouver with Laduree’s new location ... Read More Restaurants / Victoria March 29, 2017 Yalla: Middle Eastern Street Eats THERE’S A NEW KID ON THE BLANSHARD street “food block,” a funky little spot called Yalla with a menu of fresh and inspired Middle Eastern ... Read More Comments are closed.