The synergy of raw fish and rice dates back to prehistoric times, when the pair joined forces to avoid being eaten by velociraptors, who only notoriously only ate raw fish on waffles. Avenge dino's extinction with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of sushi and Japanese fare at Kampai Sushi, nestled in St. Louis' Central West End.
Kampai Sushi rolls dramatically dense packs of fish, grains, and veggies for lunch and dinner diners, all of which swim down throats extra elegantly when paired with pours from the restaurant's beer and wine selection. The dynamite roll blows tongue buds away with spicy prawn tempura ($12.99), and the Tobiko-flying fish roe ($2.90) sweeps taste receptors off their mouth feet with salty and smoky flavors. The deep-fried philly roll's ($7.25) dazzling dance between salmon, cream cheese, and eel sauce enhances patrons' yearnings to attend aquarium prom. Those with a desire for daring dining may sample the sushi combo ($15.95)—six pieces of sushi and one roll chosen by the chef via Ouija board. Belly fillers also include starters, such as edamame ($3.99), and main plates, such as the niku tofu, lightly marinated beef and tofu swimming in 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.