Oh my! This is so much more than a Sushi Bar, although the Sushi is terrific and you can sit by the kitchen to watch the chefs at work preparing it uber-fresh.
Kanpai is equally skilled at Teppan, Sashimi and Tempura.
I’ll be honest with you, I’d never really gone big on Japanese food, assuming it was all a bit one dimensional, until I ate lunch at Kanpa that is. I mean, I like my food, but this is on another level.
First off, everything is ultra fresh (as you would hope); the fish simply glistens on the plate, but what really got to me was the incredible range of flavours and textures and at a reasonable price.
OK, it’s not budget eating, I’ll grant you that, but it is relatively affordable and you more than get what you pay for here.
A few quick suggestions of my favourites: grilled aubergine in sweet miso sauce (£5.90) is so delicious and succulent you just want more and more; the Tuna Nigiri (£4.20) is OMG delicious; the Fried Octopus Balls (£5 or so) are truly stunning too. And the Mixed Veg Tempura (so light so delicious) for around £8.
If you like soft shelled crab, this is the place for you
They keep the drinks simple and not too expensive (£4.50 for an Asahi Beer, house white wine £18)
The staff are charming and delightful and the ambience is relaxed and really quite cool. It feels very authentically Japanese.