Kanpachi Japanese Restaurant
457 Broadway West
[prefectionist1] I had my eye on this newcomer to the Cambie Village Restaurant scene and I was happy to take up Shokutsu’s offer of grabbing a bite to eat. With the recent opening of the Canada Line, Kanpachi is in an ideal visual location as it is one of the first restaurants you see upon exiting the the new Broadway/City Hall Station. It seemed like the the Russian cuisine restaurant Rasputin, was transplanted overnight with yet another Japanese restaurant. I had walked past Rasputin on several occasions but with the dark interior, I was never tempted to sit down for a meal. Kanpachi provides much improved street appeal and I also heard a few things about the new digs before we decided on it for dinner. BBQ was on my mind but that’ll have to wait for another day…
Sushi Shoot ($3), essentially seared tuna.
[prefectionist1] It seems that whenever I get together with Shokutsu, we tend to have the same approach to menu selections… Either we go for the most obscure, or the most traditional items. My thought process is that if you are going to push the culinary boundaries, go to the extreme; if you go traditional, do it right and have respect for the original creation.
The menu at Kanpachi was straightforward with everything on the menu being relatively inexpensive. The first choice for dinner this evening was the Sushi Shoot which was just a fancy name for seared maguro (tuna) nigiri sushi. On the palate, the ponzu infused diakon overpowered the delicate flavor of the maguro.
It may be my opinion, but searing raw tuna serves to add complexity to the generally light flavour profile of the fish. With the heavy handed addition of the ponzu infused/soaked diakon, I wasn’t overly sold on the dish. It wasn’t bad, nor exceptional so I would give it a <shrugging shoulders> “meh”…
[shokutsu] I’m all for light searing, especially when it involves quality maguro (tuna). I think we were more intrigued by the name of the item more than anything else. The fish itself was pretty good in terms of its texture and flavour. On the topping, I’m with prefectionist1, it didn’t do much for me either.