Kampai: Delicious Japanese Fusion in Downtown Beirut

Kampai is a new addition to the Japanese fusion restaurant scene that is growing in popularity all over Lebanon. Located in Palladium building in the fancy Downtown district, Kampai opened its doors only a few months ago, welcoming its clientele into a spacious, fresh, slick venue that serves mouthwatering Japanese specialties.

The interior decoration is eye-catching, stimulating, and very attractive. From the choice of floor tiles to the thrilling elements of décor on the ceiling, it is clear that this restaurant found a beautiful balance between simplicity and attention to detail.

The food is very fresh and the menu features a wide variety of delicious platters to choose from; some typical Japanese platters, and some that are an original Kampai specialty. An interesting appetizer you can try is the taco sashimi. It is a delicious combination of the Mexican taco bread, stuffed with raw salmon, tuna, octopus, and crab, served with red salsa and the mouthwatering matsuhissa sauce. The miso soup is simply sublime and possibly one of my favorites so far. Of course it contains miso, seaweed, spring onions, and shiitake mushrooms. The rock shrimp tempura is a favorite among customers; crunchy shrimp balls served with the tempura sauce. The crispy spicy salmon is a delicious platter to order for all you salmon lovers out there. For a change, you can order the crispy spicy tuna; marinated in special spicy mayo sauce and covered in panko crispy, it’s quite a treat for your tastebuds. For some dimsum, try the siu mai shrimp, mixed with vegetables and served with gyosa sauce and a garlic spicy dip.
If your mouth isn’t watering yet, wait till you get to the best part: the stir fry wokwok. The beef yaki soba is my personal favorite item on the menu. It tastes so good; you can’t resist not ordering another. It is a mixture of soba (noodles), beef, red pepper, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, togarashi, coriander, and leeks. Finish it up with a big “yummy!”
From the special treats, you can order the seviche, which is a refreshing platter of white fish marinated with lime or the scallop yuzu; scallops with togarashi, coriander, cucumber and yuzu sauce.  
Don’t forget to order some salmon, tuna, and white fish sashimi to enjoy all the freshness that Kampai has to offer. There are many delicious Ura Makis to choose from: crispy crazy, panko shrimp, fresh Vietnam (one of my favorites) among many delicious others. If you have simpler tastes, try the hozo maki menu.
Makis are served by either 4 or 6 pieces, depending on the type.
Have a nice bottle of white wine to complement your meal and enjoy the scrumptiousness of your evening!

The staff is very friendly and doesn’t delay in the order. Although some may find the portions to be quite small, they are an adequate size for this type of cuisine. Most importantly, the components are very fresh. The menu features platters for the simplest of tastes and for those that are yearning to discover something new.

I found this venue to be a great location for a group of friends looking for a comfortable and casual yet trendy and tasty evening dining out.

Dress code is casual or smart casual.

Price per person including drinks is approximately 60 USD.

Rating: 3.5/5

For reservation:  +961 1 999 094

If you have been to Kampai, please leave a comment on the page, letting us know how your experience was and how you think the venue can improve