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Kanpai, an education in food

Artistry, ingenuity and skill

Kanpai, 8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AS

RATINGS: Food: 4.5, Ambience: 3.5, Drink Selection: 3.5, Service: 4.5, Toilets: 3.5, Website: 4.5, Total: 23/30

OPINIONS vary when you mention you mention you are going to a Japanese restaurant. Pre-conceptions are hard to shift. Some people would relish the experience, others would walk the other way, but more and more people are warming to sushi. Healthy eating is certainly a draw. The main ingredients of raw fish and rice are naturally low in fat, high in protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. And the dishes are colourful. Sushi is traditionally eaten for celebrations and it first developed in South-East Asia and spread to China and then Japan. The word means sour tasting and the first mention in the West appeared in the late 1800s. Western palates have seen an adaption with rolls being introduced along with non-traditional mayonnaise, avocado and even cream cheese. And the advent of sushi bars at main stations and airports, and in the centre of major cities, plus major chains like M&S stocking trays in their retail outlets, has accelerated the trend. I’m a convert and a regular buyer when I travel domestically, preferring healthy to stodge. My companion, was sceptical, but willing to try. He loved it. The evening opened our eyes to what can be done with simple ingredients prepared properly with artistry, ingenuity and skill.