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Kampai

907 Alley A, Columbia, MO
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Ranked #17 of 324 restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: Sushi
Description: We went there tonight and had a good sample of their sushi rolls: Tuna, Samurai Warrior, Tiger, Dragon, Sunset, Dynamite, Crazy, Caterpillar, Volcano, Jurassic, CoMo, Kampai. Plus white tuna, salmon and scallop sashimi, along with edamame and seawood salad. And, mochi ice cream. Of course, a few beers, too. So...great service and good atmosphere, although access can be challenging especially if it is raining due to the "river alley" that is created. To the food critique...our favorite rolls were the Samurai, Tiger and Sunset. The rest were just okay, nothing we would order again. Most rolls seemed a little bland and uninspired. If we had to choose the worst, it would be the tuna, simply not good. The sashimi was consistent with other places, so it was average. Mochi for dessert was interesting, good and flavorful. Overall, it isn't anything special or above the other sushi places in town. While the owners may have come from St. Louis to try to make place in the Columbia market, they still have a ways to go.
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Description: We went there tonight and had a good sample of their sushi rolls: Tuna, Samurai Warrior, Tiger, Dragon, Sunset, Dynamite, Crazy, Caterpillar, Volcano, Jurassic, CoMo, Kampai. Plus white tuna, salmon and scallop sashimi, along with edamame and seawood salad. And, mochi ice cream. Of course, a few beers, too. So...great service and good atmosphere, although access can be challenging especially if it is raining due to the "river alley" that is created. To the food critique...our favorite rolls were the Samurai, Tiger and Sunset. The rest were just okay, nothing we would order again. Most rolls seemed a little bland and uninspired. If we had to choose the worst, it would be the tuna, simply not good. The sashimi was consistent with other places, so it was average. Mochi for dessert was interesting, good and flavorful. Overall, it isn't anything special or above the other sushi places in town. While the owners may have come from St. Louis to try to make place in the Columbia market, they still have a ways to go.
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English first
Columbia, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

It is a romantically-dark, basement type location, with prefect lighting and really good sushi. It's a bit pricey, but sushi doesn't come cheap. The only entrance is through a well lit alley (very safe!..... The new hip thing in this town....that is....'alley businesses).... Anyway, I would make a date night out of this place.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

My friend and I just tried Kampai this week and while it was a bit hard to locate, once we did it was a great experience. The restaurant itself is so neat. I love the inside and outside decor. The staff was friendly and very efficient. The sushi was great! It was presented so beautifully too. I had the kampai... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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68 reviews 68 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Like the title says this is the best sushi in Columbia. Its in a cool location downtown (although a bit hard to find especially if you are from out of town) and the space is great. Large open indoor space with a nice balcony and a great outdoor patio when the weather is nice. The sushi is top notch for... More

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Nixa, Missouri
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66 reviews 66 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Not the easiest place to find, but worth the effort! Amazing sushi and great service. Wait staff was friendly, attentive, and took time to explain menu. Frost Roll was one of the better sushi rolls I've ever had. Everything was ultra fresh and full of flavor. Prices are on par with other sushi restaurants of lower quality. If you get... More

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Columbia, Missouri
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We've been over and over, and as a fellow restaurant owner in Columbia this is always one of my favorite spots. We just recently went with family and ordered 5 appetizers, entrees, rolls, ect, and every single item on the table was amazing. If you want the best sushi in town, it's KAMPAI without a doubt!

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Chicago, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We had 5 different rolls and all of them were delicious. The lobster roll was great and so were the spicy shrimp and tempura crab. After the sushi the fried ice-cream was excellent.

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Columbia, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Elegant and very well prepared sushi and sashimi, with some amazing and unusual sides, like the deeply flavored and wonderfully textured brussel sprouts. They are a great side dish when shared, but would make a satisfying meal by themselves. The atmosphere is elegant and modern, and the service is exceptional.

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Columbia, Missouri
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9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Not only to they have great sushi rolls, the brussels sprouts are delish! It's also fabulous that I can get great dairy-free and gluten-free options. Very healthy, yummy menu options.

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Columbia, MO
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

The Brussel sprouts are excellent - easily one of the best appetizers in the city. I have been there with many sushi affecionados and they have all agreed that the sushi is all very good. Great location. Great selection of import beer. Nice atmopsphere. Good service (not the fastest but the staff is very friendly). The real wasabi is really... More

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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

I have lived in Columbia 18 years and Kampai has the best sushi in town. There are also lots of other options that are good, the usual asian cuisine. The special roll of the week is always to die for. Sunset Roll is my other favorite. A must for Sushi lovers.

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