The synergy of raw fish and rice dates back to prehistoric times, when the pair joined forces to avoid being eaten by velociraptors, which only consumed raw fish on waffles. Enjoy a powerful pairing with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of sushi and Japanese fare at Kampai Sushi.
Kampai Sushi's chefs roll knots of fish, grains, and veggies for lunches and dinners complemented by pours from the restaurant's beer and wine selection. The dynamite roll blows tongue buds away with spicy prawn tempura ($12.50), and Tobiko, flying-fish roe ($2.90), sweeps taste receptors off their feet with salty and smoky flavors. The philadelphia roll's dazzling dance of salmon, cream cheese, and avocado ($7.25) surrounds patrons with aquatic delights like an aquarium's prom. The sushi combo ($15.95) parades six pieces of sushi and one roll chosen by the chef via Ouija board, and belly fillers also include main plates, such as the niku tofu, a steaming vat of lightly marinated beef that launches messages to nostrils from a sweet soy broth ($16.50).
Kampai Sushi Bar
The chefs at Kampai Sushi Bar draw on recipes from traditional Japanese and Korean cuisine to create classic dishes as well as playfully updated fare. Behind the sushi bar, they roll maki with fresh slices of salmon and decadent chunks of fried lobster tail, adding nontraditional flair with ingredients such as sweet pumpkin, honey-wasabi sauce, or potato chips. For heartier entrees, they can grill marinated korean short ribs or drizzle a deep-fried pork loin in a slightly sugary fruit sauce, the same way attorneys prepare briefs for sweet-toothed Supreme Court justices.
Central West End
4949 W Pine Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63108