One of our biggest pet peeves at Asian restaurants is their portion size, especially when they are serving sushi. In one plate, you would hardly find four to six sushis. At some places you are lucky enough to find eight. Kampai's latest lunch special is serving unlimited sushi and dim sums at INR 1299 plus taxes. The delish grub is available only till September 30th, so make the most of the offer while it lasts.
Kampai is one of the newest entrants in Aerocity's plush environs. The Japanese restaurant has been delighting patrons with authentic Asian cuisine, luxe ambience and well-stocked bar. As we chomped on our sushi and dim sums, we also tried our hands at their summer-monsoon menu, which they launched only a while back. The menu has caught the fancy of many food enthusiasts across the capital for its commitment to classics and exciting innovations. Every pre-plated delicacy at Kampai is a combination of fresh ingredients.
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We tried their spicy salmon and miso soup; warm and soothing, the soup is just what you need in this nippy weather. Their pork gyoza is one of the most widely ordered dim sums, and we can understand why. Well-cooked, generously filled and crispy, these dumplings are simply exquisite. Vegetarians should definitely go for their shiitake mushroom dumplings and truffle pepper edamame dumplings; the juicy fillings of both the dumplings are worth your money. Among light bites, we also enjoyed their tuna tataki. Thin, sesame-crusted tuna strips served with a rich ponzo sauce, is one wholesome treat.
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Kampai's tori no salad, made with mixed greens, chicken roulade and a nutty sesame dressing also makes an impressive statement for its fresh flavours and robust textures. If you are a pork fan, you have to try their yaki buta baraniko or braised Belgian pork belly garnished with honey and soy jam.
Braised Belgian pork belly
Sweet, mild and chewy, we love the eclectic play of flavours here. From a range of sushis that we tried, we really loved the crispy prawn tempura sushi and the spicy salmon roll. The latter is so soft that it melts in your mouth before you actually start to chew.
In their ongoing summer menu, you have to try your hands at their luscious tantanmen ramen. The ramen bowl compelled us to think of the spicy salmon soup we began with. Just like the soup, the ramen is also hot, fiery and oh-so delightful. Tahini and shrimp broth with minced chicken, bok choy, leeks and spring onions, we love the freshness all the greens add to this ramen.
We concluded with the baked yuzu cheesecake; dense and aptly sweet, this cheesecake is a winner.