I went to Kanpai with a group of four, quite late on a weekday evening and without a prior booking. Luckily there was one table free (sadly no such luck for the couple arriving just after us). It wasn't quite in the nicest part of the restaurant, but the waitress apologised for that and we didn't expect any more without a reservation. We could still appreciate the lovely decor and get a good feel for the place.
We tried a selection of dishes to share between our group, and everything was excellent. Definitely the best sushi I've had in Edinburgh, and not just through lack of competition. Sadly the service was a bit of a let down - in similar restaurants I'm used to the fairly snappy turnover of dishes. Instead we would eat a few little nibbles then wait five or ten minutes for the next dish.
Once all the main course dishes had been hoovered up by our hungry group, we sat for quite some time before being asked if we'd like anything else. The ice creams we had for dessert were an excellent end to a rice-heavy meal, and the coffee was surprisingly tasty too. Sadly the service was again disappointing, as we waited even longer for our empty bowls to be cleared away and to be given the bill. Waitresses even seemed to ignore attempts to politely gain their attention.
I think I'll return to Kanpai for the excellent food, and hope that I just caught them on a less than perfect day as service goes.
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