Female servers wear traditional Japanese kimonos. Attentive and friendly service. Sushi and other standard Japanese cuisine menu items. Second floor, right across from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
We had a great time, excellent and attentive service and thoroughly extensive menu of interesting items to choose from, including vegetarian options. Garlic pepper tuna tataki, mango roll, tempura sweet potato sticks with trio of dipping sauce, a delicious and artfully displayed gommae, excellent black cod, much fresh sushi and good drinks. Relaxed atmosphere, clean and comfortable with private tatami rooms and very friendly staff. Recommended for when you want an artful sushi experience, and don't mind paying more for a dinner out with friends! Deep fried tempura ice cream was on the menu for dessert but we were all too full to partake.
This place used to be one of the best restaurant in town, but sadly no more. Most of my trips there recently end in disappointment. Sashimi is not as fresh as before. Shabu shabu came with sliced beef that showed grayed out edges (should have asked the waiter for a plate of fresher beef now that I think abou it). The grilled salmon belly on skewer is a joke. Grilled mushroom is dry and unsightly. Chicken teriyaki is still a solid dish though and will probably be the only dish I'll ever order from this restaurant.
I've been here a number of times in the past 6 months and enjoyed it. However, this place has gone downhill, with the food and the service now sub-par. The rice was dry and crunchy, the tempura soggy, and the servers are non-friendly. If you are looking into going here, go to Tsunami sushi around the corner - you'll thank me.
This place is absolutely amazing!!! It's my friends birthday and we came to celebrate and ordered a lot of sushi because we were hungry. They have the funkiest sushi flavors that I still crave till today. The service was amazing, they constantly refilled our tea, and near the end they brought out ice cream w/ a candle in it for my friend for her brithday which was nice considering we were only a party of 3. Overall, I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants a fancy japanese restuarant to go to, but definitely not a regular outing cuz it's super expensive for what you get. BUT WELL WORTH it
The food is great, and I like the ambience with its many tatami rooms or semi private rooms. the atmosphere is a nice blend of sophisticated and yet not too intimidatingly formal. Waitresses wear kimonos, which adds to the ambience. I like their sashimi (saba in particular), their rolls with avaocado and eel, their fresh house salad with the nice sesame (?) dressing, and their nice, slightly crunchy mango ice cream for desert. Visiting vancouver, for me this place is always a must to visit.
We went to this restaurant July 19 05 at the recommendation of a local resident. The sushi was very tasty and presented very well. My wife's food was also very good.
The only problem we experienced was that my wife's order was taken incorrectly which required them to remake the dish. The wait staff acknowledged the error and then gave us ice cream on the house for the inconvenience. Overall it was a very good experience and a good, traditional Japanese restaurant.
My friend and I came here before a concert to grab a quick bite to eat. This happened to be on the way and I've never been so I thought we'd try it out.
I expected it to be extremely overpriced, but it wasn't. Nice.
They had some creative rolls, which I appreciated.
The taste was not bad. Typical "creative roll sushi" taste.
Considering the location and price though, I thought it was alright.
Definitely will be back to try other rolls.
I came here for a party a while back, and I had to say this restaurant is a real mixed bag.
On one hand, you have excellent service, decent tasting food and a nice atmosphere to dine in.
On the other hand, you have overpriced food and drinks....I know this place is downtown but I know a handful of Japanese restaurants that can serve me with food as great as (if not better than) Kamei Royale's at a better price.
If these people lower their prices, I'll come back. Otherwise, it's not worth being a regular.
I have had a great experience the few times that I have dropped by for a weekend lunch. I love the variety and it is great to see some tasty salad-sushi options. The food has been great tasting and the service is top notch.
I love the small, private feeling booths.
My only knock would be the price; definitely on the higher end.
I've had several lunches here in the past few months and always had a good experience. Yes, the service can be a little harried, but I think they are just really, really busy, and work hard to get the food out quickly. A reservation is a good idea for groups larger than 2, as all the suits seem to fly in at lunchtime. I love the tuna tataki salad, gyoza, wild salmon nigiri and tuna sashimi. The lunch boxes are pretty tasty as well, as are the sushi boats. I haven't had any problems with freshness. If you want a tasty and reasonably priced lunch, I recommend this place.
I've been going to Kamei ever since I could remember. With the new renovations this summer, it's even better! Food is always outstanding -- the sushi is great. I always get the Crazy Buster roll (it's not on the menu anymore but they're still able to make it!), Delicious roll, Rapture roll, and all those other special rolls are super good. I always leave room for dessert -- the Icecream Tempura or Coffee jello.
I visited this restaurant for lunch today, and it was a good experience. Much better than similar retaurants in the same area. The service was very friendly and prompt, water and tea refills frequently. We had many rolls which were tasty and fresh, as well as some tempura and some sashimi. Even the miso soup was very good. My only complaint would be that the room was very hot, but other than that I would return here for a quick and well prepared lunch any time.
I went to Kamei for the first time and was quite impressed. The setup is more authentic than many of the quick sushi joints downtown. The food was good - we tried many unusual bits. Prices were also good. Only complaint is that they booted us out at 2pm - kitchen was closing! Will definitely try again.
The food was good but not the best sushi I've had in the area nor the most authentic. The price was high. Japanese should not venture into sushi because the price is steep really. I would consider going back had it not been for the welcoming we received and the high price caused by the location and type of sushi. We got about two rounds of drinks during our time!
First of all, sure it's in the middle of it all, but what you get isn't worth the price to help them pay rent. Loved their super dynamite roll or whatever it was and the dessert was spot on, but for the most part the food is overpriced by 2-3x and can be found of same quality and cheaper prices as a number of other Japanese restaurants around Vancouver and Richmond.
Kamei closed for more than a week in Dec to put some refreshed touches to the place. This is a place where you absolutely have to make reservations for lunch if you have more than a party of 2. It is always packed. Dinner can be slightly better but it is still crowded. Japanese tour groups patronize this restaurant often. Prices are ok for DT dining but the rolls can be a little bigger please!
The menu is comprehensive, with lunch and dinner having slightly different items. Dinner for me costs lots more as I don't think there were any bentos.
Food standard has always been the same.
Must try.. the coffee jelly as it's my favorite Japanese dessert.
Visited this restaurant for the first time and found it to be quite satisfactory. The overall ambience was ok and the servers were pleasant. It was a Saturday night and was very busy and my only complaint with the service was that the dishes ordered were arriving too quickly and we felt a little hurried because of this.
There were 4 of us dining together and even though the food was arriving in a flurry at times, one member of our group had to wait quite a while before any of her choices were served.
The overall quality and flavor of the food was quite good and there certainly was plenty of variety offered on the extensive menu. I know others have commented about small portions however none of us found this to be the case and were pleased with the size of each dish and found them comparable to other Japanese establishments we have visited.
Also did not find it overly expensive. It was comparable to other Japanese dining venues.
sashimi and sushi are ok but nothing to rave about. The fact that the box came within 3 minutes suggest that things are pre-made and not made to order. The place is crowded as they try to squeeze tables into every square inch of space. Service was slow and inefficient. Not entriely sure why it would take 15 minutes to get the check. Never refilled the tea once.
Downtown Vancity: sushi mecca outside of Japan. This is THE Japanese restaurant from all the reviews. Don't believe the hype as Flava Flave would say (congrats btw on being 2nd for the world's ugliest man award, the Donald bought that one, Flave). But I digress. I was seated and right away the waiter jumped down my throat and asked if I was ready to order. No, I just sat down. I told him to come back in another couple of minutes. As I was ready, I waited and waited and waited. After 10 minutes, I grabbed the first staff who didn't seem busy and asked for my waiter. Another waitress came and took my order. I ordered the Chirashi bowl. A great way to measure freshness of the fish in any sushi bar. Everything was okay except for the cooked shrimp. It tasted off. Must have been kept in the fridge for a few days. Too bad I ate that last, no point in sending it back. Disappointing considering it's reputation. Well, at least my favorite sushi place will always be there...Sushi House on Kingsway in Burnaby...kunpai!!!