Anyway! In terms of ambiance and service, Kanpai is definitely a step up from Naomi. It's not too slick though, so you'll still be fine wearing jeans and sneakers here.
This is what we ordered:
- San Jose tofu (deep fried cubes in a light, flavorful broth)
- Ikura (salmon roe)
- Hamachi (yellowtail)
- Toro (fatty tuna)
- Kanpai Special Roll (tempura shrimp + avocado + eel)
- Tempura asparagus
- 49er Roll (tuna + avocado + spicy yellowtail)
- Palo Alto Roll (um ... I can't remember!)
I thoroughly enjoyed my selections, but Jon remarked that his -- which are the last three on the list -- were just okay. He thought the asparagus was too bitter and the 49er Roll not spicy enough. And this is coming from a man who doesn't even like really spicy food; I guess his point was that it was bland.
We ate fairly early last night -- and it was a Tuesday night -- so Kanpai wasn't too crowded during our visit. But I hear that the place gets packed later in the week and during the weekend. While I would definitely make a return-trip here, I may have a tougher time convincing Jon -- especially with so many other good sushi/Japanese food options in the area.
330 Lytton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA