How many people actually know the taste of Japanese food? We go to places try different cuisine food and applaud only if it satisfies our taste buds, but are we being fair enough is the question that we should ask. Japanese food is something which might not suit everyone’s taste buds, Sushi being one of them. I was recently invited for the launch of Kanpai which is one of the Bar Lounge serving Japanese food. The outlet has approximately 30-40 covers, it has good ambience with dim lights, walls are painted with amazing cartoons depicting a visit by Japanese guy in Mumbai. It has a informal bar with the Bar Tenders dressed in Ninja attire and the stewards dressed in traditional Japanese attire. The best part about this outlet is that they cater to satisfy taste buds and also ensure that they use premium quality ingredients for their dish and not compromise over it. Hence the chef has ensured that all the taste buds are satisfied with the spread they offer on the menu. Another best part about this place is the service which is very much what i expect when i visit any outlet – prompt,eager and attentive. Here is my experience about this lace which amazed me with the Food & Beverage they served.
The Bar Tender has done his homework that’s the reason all his drinks speak a lot about it. All the cocktails have been kept simple in term of presentation, but the combinations have been the strong backbone for this outlet. Every cocktail explains about the Japanese flavours being incorporated to create interesting cocktails. Every cocktail is fresh, with no colours and simple so that when it gets busy it would be easy to dispense them without compromising.
A cocktail prepared using base of Margarita(Tequila+Wasabi+Triple Sec). It was very subtle in terms of flavour and did mellow down well with my taste buds. The salt on the rim of the glass helped to elevate the flavour profile to completely different level.
A simple innovation but smart one, sake was combined with orange liqueur , cranberry and pickled ginger. Orange flavour provided the required sweetness and tanginess with a punch of ginger and finally the star ingredient Sake. A combo which will suit someone who like citrus
Yuzu is basically a Japanese Citrus fruit which is sweet and sour in taste. Fresh yuzu juice was blended along with gin, a complete treat for my taste buds. It’s like “It takes life at lips, lives in mouth and dies in throat”
Nigiri is a type of sushi which has thin slices of raw fish placed on pressed pickled rice. Norwegian Salmon directly imported from Norway sliced thinly and placed on a bed of sushi rice which was mixed with brine made up of vinegar, sugar and salt. Salmon tasted very fresh and had a buttery/silky effect on the tongue coating it entirely with its flavour.
Hamachi is a Japanese term used for yellow tail fish & carpaccio is basically thinly sliced meat topped up with some dressing. This dish had thinly sliced fish which was topped up with jalapeno, sesame seeds and dressing made up of wasabi, citrus lemon and mirin. The dressing was balanced in such a way that it didn’t destroy the flavour of the fish instead enhanced it. I must say it was the star dish of the day, very simple but still did a lot to taste buds. I would surely come for this dish again.
Crispy Prawns Cheung Fun
Did someone say dimsums? And to my luck yes it was, tempura fried prawns rolled in steamed sheet made up of refined flour & spicy mayonnaise and served along with sweet chilli sauce. The prawns were perfectly cooked to ensure they don”t turn dry.
Yaki Tori Chicken
Yakitori is a Japanese term used for Skewered Chicken. The chicken was marinated with teriyaki sauce and later studded into the skewers along with leeks, it was later cooked on griller to give it a little charred effect. The chicken was moist, mildly sweet but needed little more seasoning which would have made it taste even better. Teriyaki being umami the dish couldn’t go wrong.
Rock Corn Tempura
A veggie delight for all vegetarians, deep fried tempura corn dumplings tossed in sweet chilli sauce. The specialty of this dish is that the corns used are directly imported from Australia which are considered to be one of the best in world. Kanpai has made sure they use best of the lot to deliver their product. This dish shall surely satisfy the taste buds of Indians.
Crispy Avocado and Cucumber Roll
Sushi roll stuffed with ripened avocado, cucumber and a dash of spicy mayonnaise & finally topped up with crispy dust made up of tempura flour served along with dark soya, pickled ginger and wasabi. The sushi rice was well marinated, vegetable provided the body and crispy tempura provided the necessary crunch. A roll with different flavour and textures is what made us hog over it. Addition of prawns would have made it really good, like awesome
1. I was invited as a part of food bloggers by Chouxpastrylove & Team Kanpai to taste and share feedback about the launch of their menu.
2. All the pictures have been clicked by me and should not be used without my consent.