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 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 Culture / Events March 27, 2017 Celebrating Canadian Gastronomy at Terroir, May 29, 2017 This year marks the 10th annual Terroir Symposium in Toronto, described as “a gathering of dreamers, disruptors and international luminaries in the ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Victoria March 24, 2017 First Look: Café Mexico Café Mexico is a busy local cantina with a brand-new look and feel. The café’s roots reach back to the 1980s and the original Tex-Mex trend, when ... Read More Elsewhere / Travel March 23, 2017 April: Up Island News “The French say; “you never grow old at the table”, so let’s sit down, savour wonderful food together- and stop time.” ... Read More Events / SH March 17, 2017 Summer Dreaming at Linnaea Farm Imagine a tranquil setting, close to nature with spectacular scenery. The air is clean and filled with birdsong and the water tastes sweet. ... Read More Destinations March 16, 2017 Tofino – Ucluelet March Food Buzz Welcome to spring from the west coast. This time of year means the return of migrating whales past our shores, and the event that welcomes them – ... Read More Comments are closed.