Japanese Restaurant coZara Reopens in University City

Japanese Restaurant coZara Reopens in University City
Japanese Restaurant coZara Reopens in University City
By A.D. AMOROSI

Hiroyuki Tanaka, owner of Zama restaurant in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square, re-opened his coZara Japanese eatery in University City on March 13. During the two weeks that coZara was closed, Tanaka renovated the 12-month-old space's d├ęcor (traditional rice paper and bamboo window treatments, Japanese geisha paintings along its walls and staircases), upgraded the menu and installed a brand new sushi bar on its first floor.

The refreshed coZara menu features a dozen familiar cocktails (like the Drunken Zama cold sake) and new food items such as the Fat Pig Ramen (a tender pork belly with a stripe of black garlic paste and delicate noodles) and the spicy Soft Shell Shrimp (with jalapenos and yozu salt). Still, the sushi menu is the best part of coZara, upgraded and diversified due to Tanaka highlighting the colorful new sushi bar.

Though several new sashimi offerings (like the pleasantly salty Yuzu Miso Salmon) have been added, the best items on the coZara sushi menu are locally-themed: the Drexel Dragon Roll with kani, cream cheese and eel, as well as the U Penn Roll with spicy sea bass and spicy tuna jalapeno.

coZara is located at 3200 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, PA. For more info call 267.233.7488 or visit coZaraPhilly.com

Photo ©Reese Amorosi 2015

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015