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“A trendy place”
Review of Kampai

Ranked #29 of 1,040 Restaurants in Beirut
Cuisines: Sushi
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Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Kampai is a Japanese sushi restaurant whose name means "cheers" in the mother tongue. Though most guests seek out Kampai for its deliriously delicious sushi, the traditional Japanese cooking (you know, the hot stuff!) Is also noteworthy. Don't miss the siu mai and gyoza dumplings-a few of these melt-in-your-mouth savory bundles, stuffed with your choice of shrimp, fresh crab, chicken, wagyu, or shiitake, will sufficiently whet your appetite for the subsequent course. Here, we recommend the Kampai Maksushi, an assembly of tender scallop wrapped in a lightly-fried panko crust and topped with grilled salmon. Perfection.
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

A trendy place that delivers quality fresh sushi. Food is tasty with a twist. Service is good. Price is reasonable.

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Food- 2.5 stars
Service- 3 stars
Decor- 3.5 stars
Value- 2.5 stars
I was alone and sat at the sushi bar. This is the best way to see how "real" a sushi place is. Among a sea of Phillipino sushi chefs, which isn't a problem as long as they are classically trained, was pre-made maki, uncovered sushi rice bowls (see picture), messy counters and horrible sushi technique. I tried to order items that were not pre-made because I didn't want to get sick eating sushi that sat on the counter for who knows how long. My tuna nigiri was served with no wasabi. I watched as the spicy tuna roll was made and all the chefs were just mushing the rice so it became one big clump where the individual grains of rice were permanently joined together. You lose thé fluffiness of the rice when you pound it down like that. I paid a premium for a crispy California roll and the only difference from the regular one was that it was rolled in some panko. The kampai Maksushi was a piece of overlooked salmon sitting on top of a roll of sorts and sitting on a bed of crispy fine birds nest. The standout was the scallop sashimi which was delicious. I usually start my meal with a tempura appetizer and the rock shrimp tempura tasted like something from Long John Silvers. Battered shrimp with a spicy mayo. A complete disappointment and nothing like real tempura. I can guarantee that these sushi chefs were not really trained in the art of sushi making. Technique, food safety and subpar ingredients do not make for a great sushi experience. Not recommended.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Lawrencek220
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Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Kampai is an excellent seafood restaurant
it was recommended by my daughter and it was as she said
The food is superb the prices are average not expensive
a must try in Beirut

Date of visit: August 2017
1  Thank Minwer_M
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Book if you want to eat there! Really crowded and loud with a big selection of sushi and most flagship Japanese dishes. Very good service

Date of visit: August 2017
1  Thank Kostas_Ro
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Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Everytime we are in Beirut we have dinner at this awesome Japanese Restaurant located in the middle of Beirut Downtown(minet Elhosn) it offers the tastiest Sushi & Sashimi in the city...the restaurant layout is wonderfully designed the decor also is amazing..prices are a bit expensive but anyone should expect that since it's Beirut Downtown..but believe me it's worth a try..so if u happen to be in Beirut u should go try Japanese at this restaurant place..

Highly recommended

Date of visit: August 2017
1  Thank Navigate336862
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