Our beloved Kazoku has taken one step further in enhancing the St Andrews food scene. After undergoing refurbishment for some weeks, Kazoku has brought us The Pelican Lounge – a great space for late-night sushi, music and cocktails. Here you will find nights of chilled-out jazz or live musical performances accompanied by high-quality sushi. While most nights out revolve around the usual pubs, The Pelican Lounge provides a different kind of nightlife for the students of St Andrews. Here you can enjoy great quality drinks accompanied by fine sushi, all at a later hour. Thanks to the head of the bar, Collin Morris, you can enjoy drinks unlike any other in town. You can try a wide range of Asian beers as well as exciting cocktails like the Lychee Sunset, Jasmine Tea Mojito and the House Saketini. The recent refurbishments have led the restaurant to maximise the different uses of their space. While the front of the restaurant will be a great place for music, drinks and socialising, the back of the restaurant will serve as an intimate separated space – perfect for romantic dates or celebratory group events.
Sandy Mitchell, the man behind Kazoku, has been a prominent figure in the St Andrews food scene for quite some time. In 2007, he brought us Nahm-Jim, which was once voted the best Thai restaurant in the UK. Furthermore, it won the praise of Britain’s treasured chef Gordon Ramsay on his show Ramsay’s Best Restaurant. Mitchell brings this influence to Kazoku’s new Pelican Lounge through his fusion-based dishes, particularly the Haggis Bombs. These haggis-filled wontons draw on his past culinary experience. After spending a number of years in Asia, it was only natural that these influences carried on through his cooking today. Combine these influences with his love for the meat that his Scottish background provides, and here you have a dish that brings two parts of the world together. I had the honour of trying one of these fusion dishes after my interview with Sandy. I was initially skeptical of this peculiar combination, but I can assure you the flavours work in ways you would not believe.
For the Kazoku fans from day one, have no fear. Nothing from the old menu has been removed. It has the same menu as before with all the ramen noodle soups, teriyakis and katsus you can ask for. Hot dishes will stop being served after 9, but the full sushi menu will carry on until 10:30-11. That way one can enjoy clever and original cocktails alongside beautiful arrays of sushi. In the not-so-distant future, the restaurant will also work with Deliveroo for your takeaway sushi cravings. To keep up with the upcoming events, make sure to follow “TPL St Andrews” on Facebook.