Japanese spot at Souq Al Bahar


Kanpai – a restaurant and lounge at the third floor of touristic Souq Al Bahar.

The location is great as well as the fancy interior. The restaurant is positioned as fine dining, which is fair enough with their selection of far-eastern meals. The food was very good, and I was happy to find another yummy sushi restaurant. I liked their mixed maki platter, which included the California, Philadelphia and Shrimp tempura rolls with salmon sashimi. The wasabi prawns were perfectly done not spicy specially for me.


The table setup and the service are very pleasant. But the only thing which made me feel uncomfortable was a very bright light in the main dining area, which felt like being shining directly into face. The music was playing only at the lounge area, so it was quite boring at the dinner table.

Kanpai table setup

Kanpai table setup

Kanpai live cooking station

Kanpai live cooking station

The lounge was quite empty on the Thursday night. Though the music and the choice of drinks was great.

Kanpai lounge

Kanpai lounge

Overall experience: great food, boring atmosphere.

Recommended: for sushi.

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