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Tengda vs. Kazu, Norwalk CT

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AmyNY Aug 23, 2007 11:18 AM

Just moved to the area and we're thinking of going for sushi at Tengda in Westport tonight, but just saw that Kazu in Sono gets good reviews too. Anyone recommend one over the other?

  1. ChefBoyAreMe Aug 23, 2007 11:26 AM

    Didn't respond to your earlier post, since I can't claim 100% knowledge (Disclosure; I've been to Tengda in Darien, not Westport, and its been awhile since I've been to Kazu), but to help prime the pump, I'll give you my 2 cents.

    Kazu was always good, and a bit more traditional Japanese, though in a hipper, livelier atmosphere (I'd sa a bit of a scene, which is why I haven't been there recently). Tengda, at least in Darien has a bit more sedate atmosphere, a bit more upscale. It's also more pan-Asian than japanese. Having said that, their sushi/sashimi is excellent--probably the best I've had in CT, so that would be my reco (assuming Westport location is similar to Darien).

    But then again, I'm 44, with a wife and 2 kids, so Tengda works better for us...If I was 26, and going on a date, or even diner+movie, etc, I'd lean towards Kazu.

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      AmyNY Aug 23, 2007 12:08 PM

      Thanks Chef--I'm pushing 37 and have a 4-month old, so I think Tengda might be better for us too. Tonight is our rare chance to go out to dinner without our daughter because my mom's in town!

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        ChefBoyAreMe Aug 23, 2007 12:16 PM

        Enjoy. My wife and I are in the same boat this week...kids staying at "Camp Grandma".

        PS, I see you've also posted about butchers in the area. I've found that for regular, day-in, day-out, ShopRite is really good. Unlike most supermarkets, they do their own breakup in the store, and have a real butcher case; not just precut meat on styrofoam trays put on the shelf by stockboys. I generally go to the one off exit 6 in Stamford, but also hit the one in Norwalk on the Post Rd (I'm about half way between the two). In Norwalk, ask for Dean (big, dark haired friendly guy, looks like a NY fireman), and he'll hook you up...they'll cut whatever you want. In Stamford, Tab is the guy. Tell either of them Ed sent you...they'll know.

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          AmyNY Aug 23, 2007 02:03 PM

          Thanks for the tip, Ed. We'll have to check out Shop Rite sometime, but we've found a butcher we love: Steve at Gregory's, an old time grocery nearby.

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