The brand new Kaizen eatery at Southport Market is now open!
The sushi outlet is busy welcoming customers at its second site, after the growing success of its outlet at Cedar Farm in Mawdesley, West Lancashire, which opened last year.
The timing couldn’t be better, coming just before the first birthday celebrations taking place at Southport Market this Friday (22nd July).
Diners can enjoy a delicious choice of 10 different sushi dishes, such as: Surf and Turf (tempura king prawns, spicy mayo, spring onions, cucumber topped with tataki or beef teriyaki sauce); Makizushi (spicy tuna, mango, spring onion, unagi); or Korean Fried Chicken Roll (fried chicken roll, gochujang glaze, spring onions, crispy garlic and pickles).
There is a choice of seven Sticks too, including: Pork Belly (gochujang glaze, green onions, ssam sauce); Bavette Steak (chilli, garlic and ginger, miso ketchup, and green onions); and Panko Breaded Cod (wasabi, edamame, chilli and yuzu mayo).
There are a number of tempting extras too, including: Tempura Veg, Kaizen Rice Noodle Salad, Green Salad or Crab Cakes.
Kaizen is owned by chefs Keith Taylor and James Prescott, who met while working on the Formula 1 circuit.
They have set up in the unit between Pasta 51 Express and Allotment, on the Market Street side of the building, and are delighted to be bringing something fresh, new and exciting to the mix of quality traders already in place.
Kaizen’s Japanese inspired food adds to the flavours of the world at the Market which also includes Canadian, Mexican, Italian, American and Greek.
Keith Taylor said: “We are really looking forward to the Southport Market first birthday celebrations, and to the summer holidays! It’s great to be open.
“What we serve isn’t traditional Japanese sushi, it’s our take on sushi – our Surf and Turf Sushi is one example, that has been really popular since we have opened. We sometimes play around with Korean flavours too, our Pork Belly Stick has been doing really well since we opened in Southport too.
“It’s all about fresh food, great ingredients, and exciting flavours.
“We have got a great selection of vegetarian dishes too.”
The Kaizen crew are looking forward to the first birthday celebrations at Southport Market this Friday.
The first year has seen more than a quarter of a million meals served up since the venue was transformed into a new food, drink and events venue in a £1.4million redevelopment led by Sefton Council and supported by Town Deal and Liverpool City Region funding.
To celebrate this landmark achievement Southport Market will be holding an all-day Birthday Bonanza this Friday 22n July with live music, bouncy castles, soft-play, DJs and a sing-along, before DJ Mark Pickup and soul sensation Dave Broe getting the party started into the evening.
Keith said: “We’re really excited, although it feels a little bit like starting a new job and then going straight into a big staff night out! We are looking forward to a really good day and night.
“Southport Market is great. There is a really good mix of food, with lots of choice for everyone, and lots happening.
“We are really pleased to be bringing in something new and very different which we hope people will really enjoy.”
Keith and James have a real pedigree in the kitchen which they hope will prove to be a winning formula for diners.
Keith said: “James and I are two chefs who met whilst working on the Formula 1 racing, catering for the team and guests.
“We have both worked at high levels in kitchens ranging from rosette restaurants to outside catering.
“We have been trading at Cedar Farm for almost a year. We set up a food delivery company through lockdown and did street food pop-ups. From that we got an opportunity to open permanently at Cedar Farms new food market, which has been well received.
“We have been looking for additional sites and when Southport came up we jumped at the chance.
“We feel that Southport on the whole is ready for some new sushi ideas and Southport Market is a great place to deliver that.
“We hope that we can expand on Kaizen’s success at Cedar Farm and bring good quality sushi to the Market.”
Keith also revealed the story behind the firm’s catchy name.
He said: “We picked the name Kaizen because it’s a Japanese business proverb to ‘continually improve’ which we thought was fitting.”