8 - 10 Grindlay Street Edinburgh, Midlothian EH3 9AS 0131 228 1602
Kanpai literally means 'bottoms up' in Japanese, which is perhaps appropriate since one of Edinburgh's newest Japanese eateries is already toasting success less than a year after opening, having bagged Best Newcomer at the List Magazine's 2012 Eating & Drinking Awards. Kanpai makes a strong first impression, with unusually slick, design-conscious interiors. The food holds up remarkably well too. There's a broad seelction of fresh sushi, tempura and sashimi on offer, all fizzing in primary colours, plus a few satisfying staples, such as their Teppan Teriyaki Salmon, and, definitely the star attraction, the Teppan Sirloin, which is presented with no small measure of theatricality, gently smoked over a palm leaf sat atop a traditional clay candle burner. Things are topped off by a small, but judicious, selection of Japanese beers and sakes. Just across from the Royal Lyceum Theatre, and great for both pre- and post-theatre diners.
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