The following is my Yelp review of Kanpai Sushi in Bend, Oregon.
I was part of a group of 6 that stopped in at 7:30 on a busy Friday night, and I could not imagine a better sushi experience. Kanpai is quite small, and everything is freshly made to order for you, so don't expect your sushi to come out at a fast food pace. I read all of the yelp reviews before visiting, and was pleasantly surprised to find excellent service from wait staff and no unreasonable waits for anything.
We tried a variety of different Nigiri and Sashimi options, as well as several of the Classic and Specialty rolls.
First off, the star of the show for me -- an absolute standout that dazzled my taste buds and had me on cloud nine: the Yakuza roll: Ahi Tuna, Cucumbers, Tempura Fried Jalapenos, topped w/ Seared Filet Mignon, Pickled Red Onions, and Wasabi Aioli. This roll had it all -- perfect texture, a little spice, and complex flavors. Outstanding.
Also near the top would be the special Nigiri of the evening: Ahi & Striped Sea Bass in a light, flavorful, sesame oil and soy sauce. All incredibly fresh and vibrant.
I'm a fan of a good dry sake, so the server brought me two different samples to try, and I ended up ordering the Origin of Purity -- an excellent accompaniment to my dinner. Highly recommended.
The fun part for me was sharing the many different flavors from the variety that we ordered -- and the conversation with friends that happened during the short wait times between our courses. In addition to the above mentioned items, we also ordered and enjoyed the following:
-Salmon & Ahi Nigiri
-Broiled Tomato Nigiri
Our night was topped off perfectly with a sampling of Kanpai's homemade ice creams -- Salted Caramel, Coconut, Avocado, and Fermented Garlic. They were unusual, flavorful, and just the right amount of sweetness to finish the evening.
Five stars for sure. We will be back.