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“Slap Umami” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kampai

Kampai
907 Alley A, Columbia, MO
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Ranked #72 of 370 Restaurants in Columbia
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
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.
Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Slap Umami”
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.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Columbia, Missouri
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9 restaurant reviews
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“Amazing sushi rolls”
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.

Visited January 2013
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Columbia, MO
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“Alley Sushi and more”
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 interesting and a must try for any wasabi lover.

The noodle dishes are very good also (one of the better Pud Thai's in town). The tempura cheesacke (!!) dessert was also wonderful (warm on the outside but still cool in the inside). IN addition to taste, texture and flavor, it is obvious they take pride in the look of all the dishes (everything looks good enough to eat, literally!).

Silly easy to recommend.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Columbia, Missouri, United States
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“Best Sushi in Columbia, hands down”
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.

Visited December 2012
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Columbia, MO
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“Delicious sushi in an alley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This is a little difficult to find (in Alley A off of 9th st.), but well worth it. The sushi is fresh, delicious, and unique.

Visited December 2012
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