Kuzu Izakaya is casual Japanese eating, based within Woodend.

The legend of Kuzu begins with a mutual bond between Head Chef Eriko Pannam and Front of House Sensei Gareth Rowlands. As hospitality lifers, Eriko a western trained chef of 14 years and Gareth a 22-year veteran; the duo met, realised that they both held the same passion and ethos within hospitality, and above all were ready to start their own business. ​

Joining forces they jumped at the opportunity to set up shop at the now famed Woodend location, right in the centre of town, hidden just enough to make first-time visitors work for it, but absolutely at the heart of the Macedon Ranges.

As locals to the area, it couldn’t be a more perfect location.

​Kuzu’s style of food is classic Japanese Izakaya infused with Chef Eriko’s creative genius,

Each menu full of traditional yet approachable dishes and flavours.

The style of service matches the same ethos as the food: classic, professional, but always approachable and welcoming. The Kuzu crew are like family; every one of them goes above and beyond to look after each table, each guest and each other.


Photos by KGMG Creative.

Kuzu Izakaya 2 1 uai

42D Anslow StreetWoodend VIC


+61 03 4417 7804