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Kanpai

Address
Address:
569 Chapel Street
South Yarra VIC 3141
Contact
Contact:
Tel : +61 3 9826 4828
Cuisine
Cuisine: Japanese
Chef
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Chef
Price Range: $$

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Kanpai is a local South Yarra Japanese restaurant in a busy eating stretch, perfect for diners in search of a quick meal. The mood is casual, the service is fast and the food is typically shared. There’s always a diverse crowd, with efficient waitresses doing their best to keep up with the demands of the tables.

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LOCATION
In busy Chapel Street, near the corner of Toorak Road.

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This stretch of Chapel Street is full of restaurants offering all kinds of food at various prices, though primarily at the lower end of the scale. The street is always busy and so is Kanpai. It’s a long, narrow restaurant, not very big, with a sushi bar to one side and small, bare-topped tables in the centre. The mood is casual, the service is fast and the food is typically shared. If you want Zen tranquillity or thoughtful elegance, this is not your place. There’s always a diverse crowd, with efficient waitresses doing their best to keep up with the demands of the tables.

The menu comes in a laminated card with photographs and dishes numbered in categories. Number four in the maki sushi section will give you six pieces of rolled and cut vegetarian sushi rolls. Number one in the sushi section will give you five pieces of sushi, as a kind of entree. The food is straightforward rather than exciting, designed for quick service. There are lots of grills, fried food and stir-fries, mostly arriving bubbling hot on a cast iron platter. Sashimi of tuna and salmon in various sizes make a striking contrast to the heat and sizzle. The yaki udon dishes – stir-fried meat or seafood with noodles – come with vegetables, but a dish of yasai – mixed vegetables – is a good idea for extra veg, and at $8.50, won’t break the piggybank. The drinks list is small, but there are wines by the glass and vino prices are very reasonable.

Rita Erlich
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kieran:

The very first week I arrived in Melbourne, friends took me for a culinary adventure around Melbourne. One on the list of restaurants that came to my friends mind was Kanpai. She told me that it was known for their buttered teppanyaki. So we went there, and it was magnificent!! There are a variety of buttered teppanyaki's such as mixed meat,seafood or beef. The dish can be shared for 2 people. It does not include rice. It cost $20 for one teppanyaki dish which as a student is quite pricey. But I find myself at least eating at Kanpai twice a month. The restaurant seems to be crowded and I do notice mostly Asian looking people tend to order the same food, which is teppanyaki. Some local people still go for the obvious, sushi, tempura, Teriyaki. Overall, the food is worth it!!review  02/12/2011

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