My dinner date and I tried out Kamakura after its transformation from all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant, Kamei Royale.
We were struck with the dark, modern decor - the sort of atmosphere I'd associate with Guu or similar upscale restaurants. Seating is comfortable, whether you’re in a private booth in the back or next to the picture windows overlooking downtown.
After a memorable meal at a modest price (appetizers, sushi, robata and a bamboo carafe of sake under $60), we were enamored enough to dine again the following week.
The menu includes traditional rolls, nigiri, and sashimi (try the Delicious Roll); exceptional robata seafood and meat dishes and monthly chef's creations demand to be tried. Recently, we enjoyed a giant prawn served with a mixed mushroom motoyaki sauce and tender, tasty Maguro Zuke tuna sashimi.
I’m hooked on Buta Pon (pork cuts covered in a house prepared ponzu sauce)!
Other standouts include garlic pepper tuna tataki, a fun presentation of tempura sticks and dipping sauce and tuna sake with house special sauce.
The staff have a perfect understanding of the pace of your meal, whether you're in a hurry or savoring your meal slowly. The staff and management knew our names by the third visit. We've frequented other Vancouver restaurants for well over a year before being noticed. This attention makes coming back to a restaurant you enjoy all the more satisfying.
The Cambie and Broadway area is awash in a sea of same-y sushi restaurants, best suited for lunch or casual dining. Kamakura is something special, offering you a chance to get your traditional Japanese dish fix as well as indulge in some fantastic fusion flavors. Highly recommended whether you live/work in the area or have to venture a little further to get there.