Sunday, 9 June 2013


Fusion Japanese restaurant and lounge opens its doors in Dubai
Kanpai restaurant & lounge is a stylish new addition to Dubai’s vibrant restaurant scene which just opened at the newly revived Souk Al Bahar in Downtown Dubai.  The beautifully designed 5,500 square foot space is conveniently located in the heart of the Souk, and is managed by F&B operators Lava Hospitality Group spearheaded by Ahmad Atwi and Michael Gong. It is the latest exciting restaurant-lounge to open in what is becoming Dubai’s hottest destination for fine dining outside of a hotel setting.

Named after the Japanese word for ‘cheers’, Kanpai offers guests a trendy lounge atmosphere to enjoy signature cocktails prepared by expert mixologists. Guests can dine in the adjacent restaurant, which serves contemporary fusion Japanese cuisine.  The interiors are a mix of modern design utilizing a selection of rich materials and traditional Japanese elements such as larger than life, hand crafted Samurai statues and a striking six-metre long, onyx social bar.  The lounge features an impressive state of the art, ‘customer friendly’ Function 1 sound system that allows guests to speak comfortably even when the music is loud. There is also an evolutionary DJ multi-touch emulator - the first of its kind to be showcased in Dubai. 
Kanpai offers an exquisite and comprehensive menu to cater to all tastes.  The restaurant’s fusion Japanese dishes are beautifully presented in chic, contemporary style, with traditional elements and great attention to detail.  Kanpai offers a refined cuisine which includes fusion delicacies, an exciting selection of sushi, a dedicated live Teppanyaki suite, as well as an array of culinary marvels from its extensive menu created by Chef Tan whose immense expertise in Asian Fusion cooking can be attributed to his interesting journey working for signature restaurants at 5 star Hotels across the globe.
Ahmed Atwi, co-owner of Kanpai commented, “We have worked very hard at carefully building Kanpai into the perfect mix of exquisite Japanese fusion cuisine, flawless service, lively entertainment, all in a comfortable, luxury environment.” 
“Residents and visitors to Dubai have very high expectations when it comes to dining and entertainment.  Therefore, in order to make a mark in this competitive city, you need to introduce a concept, which works well on many levels. Our customer journey at Kanpai was very important to us and we took great pride in building it.  We hope that Kampai will quickly become the go-to destination for quality Japanese fusion cuisine in a beautiful and entertaining setting,” added Michael Gong, co-owner of Kanpai.  "Having the adjacent lounge, which features a resident DJ, the night does not need to be cut short right after dinner.  Guests can continue their evening next door while enjoying a selection of delicious signature beverages.”

Kanpai’s doors are now open for lunch and dinner service, 7 days a week.  Lunch service is from 12 pm – 4 pm, Dinner is served between 7 pm and 11 pm.  The lounge is open till 2 am daily. For reservations, please contact 04 441 9262. 

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