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 / Food News / Places April 28, 2021 CITY EATS May|June 2021 At press time, restaurants, pubs, bars and food courts remain closed for indoor dining. One silver lining is that the weather is warming up and more ... Read More First Look / Restaurants / Victoria July 31, 2020 The Palms Launching a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic may seem counterintuitive, but don’t tell that to Rob Ekstrom and Darren Cole – the two ... Read More Destinations / Travel March 3, 2020 Grand Velas Riviera Maya Resort Continued from March | April EAT magazine’s Best of Asia in Mexico. by Shelora Sheldan The morning after the Taste of Asia event, after ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Chefs / Food Events / Food Pairings / Restaurants / Review July 29, 2019 Creatives Collaborate – Veneto’s Chef Jamie Huynh and Toptable’s Chef Kristian Eligh Creatives Collaborate—at first glance, the title suggested storytelling, workshops and artistic endeavours. A hotbed of artful storytelling in ... Read More Events / Family / Food Events / Press Release / Restaurants July 15, 2019 Family Dinner Series at The Courtney Room The Courtney Room is excited to announce a family dinner series, with three dates throughout the summer, starting this Sunday, July 14th. ... Read More Comments are closed.