An assortment of tasty tempura at Kanpai. - Photos P NATHAN/The Star
Cheras restaurant serves up dishes to remember.
KANPAI JAPANESE BBQ & BAR
225 Jalan Sarjana
Tel: 03-2857 9996
Business hours: Noon to midnight daily
Sri Petaling outlet: 133 Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur. Tel: 9054 3907
WHILE most Japanese restaurants in the Klang Valley are backed by international chains and large corporations, it is refreshing and a pleasant surprise to find one in housing estates, run by individuals.
The plus point with smaller set-ups, such as Kanpai Japanese BBQ and Bar in Taman Connaught, is that they make their offerings more affordable in order to reach out to more customers.
Opened in July last year after their first outlet in Sri Petaling, Kanpai focuses on Japanese barbecue called yakiniku that appeals to the young crowd and families. It creates an opportunity for diners to spend good times together while waiting for their food to be grilled.
Complete with a wide variety of rice, noodles and side-dishes, Kanpai offers a Japanese experience that is quite different from the usual sushi and sashimi fare.
“We order the freshest meats for our barbecue. The meats need not be marinated and they are thinly sliced and dipped into our homemade sauce before they are grilled,” said owner Frank Tan.
“We make two types of sauce; spicy and non-spicy, which are localised to meet local diners’ preference. Traditionally, Japanese restaurants only serve chilli oil and chilli flakes,” he added.
The cozy wood and brick décor creates a rustic, care-free atmosphere for diners. A handsome sum was invested to equip the restaurant with good ventilation.
Charcoal is used for the barbecue, therefore the meats are infused with a delightfully smoky flavour.