There are times when you don’t need a lot of flash or buzz — just a calm, reliable meal, and Kanpai is just the ticket for that. It’s an unassuming Japanese restaurant with a full offering of sushi along with noodle and rice bowls and hibachi plates. The sushi is fresh and well-prepared, and there’s a big selection of complex rolls, too, all at affordable prices. At lunch, the big bowls of oyako-don (chicken and eggs) over rice or ramen in a rich pork broth are served with a cup of miso soup and bright ginger-dressed salad, and they’ll get you out full and satisfied for just under a sawbuck. And that makes it a pleasant neighborhood spot for reliably good Japanese fare. —Robert Moss Dish (Winter 2013)
Classic Japanese fare — sushi and hibachi.
Features: Lunch, Dinner
Hours: Lunch and Dinner (Mon.-Sat.). Closed Sun.