Kanpai, Souk Al Bahar
Japanese restaurant Kanpai has quickly become a hotspot on Dubai’s dining scene, no mean feat when you consider the number of five-star fusion eateries vying for culinary attention nearby. Named after the Japanese word for ‘cheers’, what makes Kanpai stand out is its combination of affordable, quality food with a quirky edge.
In the spirit of keeping things fresh, Chef Masamitsu Morino has recently unveiled a new menu showcasing a more innovative side to traditional Far Eastern flavours by using a variety of tastes, textures and culinary techniques. And while the menu offers over 100 options guaranteed to tempt the most discerning diners, Chef Masa is also happy to visit each table and get to know the guests’ personal favourites in order to serve up a selection of bespoke creations.
Happy to sit back and enjoy the signature recommendations, we started with the baked oysters with misonaise sauce, which were cooked and flavoured to perfection, accompanied by the fresh and succulent salmon and avocado tar tar, as well as an enduring favourite, seafood gyoza. When it came to the soup course, the miso soup with clams was a tasty choice, however, the egg custard soup with seafood and chicken was a little too inventive in texture terms for our liking. Glorious sushi and sashimi came artfully presented and hit just the right note. Struggling to fit in another bite, we made an exception for the marinated black cod with Kanpai signature fried noodles, which finished off the meal in style.