Off the Eaten Path

Exploring St. Louis, one meal at a time…

Sushi sushi sushi!

Mmm…I love sushi. It’s too bad I live in a landlocked state like Missouri. I long for the day when I can move to the coast and have really fresh stuff.

Until then, I’ll settle with what we have here in St. Louis. Today I went to Kampai Sushi in the Central West End. I had heard so many things about their sushi and how lovely their fish was. Lovely, fresh fish? Count me in!

The place was very nice. No frills at all. Very simple. Very welcoming.

I walked in a little after they opened for dinner and was seated at the sushi bar. Yay! I was hoping for some fun interactions with the sushi chefs.  I was sorely disappointed. Maybe they were having a bad night. Not a single word was exchanged between us. Is this normal? I thought sushi chefs were supposed to be chatty and fun! I saw a tip jar sitting on the table, and it was full of single dollar bills. Well…how am I supposed to tip someone who won’t even talk to me?!? Psssh.

Luckily, they made up for their silence with some GREAT food.  I started with the complimentary miso soup and house salad.

you've seen one, you've seen them all...

I spy tofu!

The house salad was typical. Nothing to shout about. Tasty, but run of the mill. The miso soup was actually quite delicious. One of the more flavorful ones I’ve had in St. Louis. Very yummy broth that had just the right amount of saltiness. I could have used more tofu, but I’m never happy with the paltry amount that most restaurants give you in their soup. Oh well…it was free. Enough complaining, Stephanie!

For my meal, I ordered the Dynamite roll. It had cucumber and spicy tuna inside, with seared albacore tuna, ponzu sauce and scallion on top. I also ordered a few pieces of nigiri to round out my meal. Salmon, unagi, white tuna.

dynamite roll on top, unagi, white tuna, salmon nigiri on bottom

The Dynamite roll was, well….DYNAMITE. It was very tasty, and packed just the right amount of punch to my tastebuds. Very flavorful, and the fish was very fresh. I enjoyed the crunch of the cucumber in the roll. The albacore tuna on top of the roll melted in my mouth. It was very smooth. It’s hard to describe. But it was delicious.

Dynamite roll

This is what the roll looked like inside

The salmon, unagi, and white tuna nigiri were very good, too. The fish used was obviously quite fresh, and this stuff also melted in my mouth. It was like buttah, yall! BUTTAH!

delicious unagi!

yummy salmon and white tuna

Finally, to finish my meal, I had the red bean mochi. It was VERY good, although I’d prefer a different presentation. It was a little tricky trying to figure out how to eat it. They gave me a teeny tiny fork, which wasn’t of much use at all. It would have been easier if they would have cut the mochi in half to make it easier to eat. Ah well. It was VERY good mochi ice cream. And they have tons of flavors! Red bean, strawberry, banana, coffee, mango, etc. I’m probably missing a few.

red bean mochi ice cream

All in all, it was a great meal at Kampai. I left feeling very satisfied and not disgustingly full. Success!

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  1. Hi Stephanie – Thanks for the comment. This looks awesomeeeee. And hilarious that they gave you a tiny fork for your mochi. Can’t wait to read more!

    Comment by kellyvoelker | March 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. I love sushi & I love mochi too! That dynamite roll looked delicious! Glad you found a good sushi place!

    Comment by southbayrantsnraves | March 8, 2010 | Reply

  3. Sushi is my favorite food ever. I’ve never tried the ice cream, but I’ve always wanted to!

    Comment by Mae (OhhMay.Wordpress) | March 8, 2010 | Reply

  4. My kids adore sushi. (I should forward them your blog!) I’ve had trouble though eating the raw fish… The miso soup sounds really really good. Mochi ice cream: yummy! I’ve had mochi waffles and grated mochi into casseroles. Sounds like you had a fun time.

    Comment by Kathy | March 9, 2010 | Reply

    • The miso soup is VERY good! If you’re not into the raw fish, a California Roll is a good place to start. Everything in that is cooked. Or the unagi, which I pictured. It is eel, but it’s cooked, and it’s very tasty! Thanks for visiting the blog. I really appreciate it. 🙂

      Comment by Off The Eaten Path | March 9, 2010 | Reply

  5. I love sushi and miso soup. I think your sushi photos are pretty amazing.

    Comment by Tammy McLeod | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  6. That dynamite roll looked dynamite! 🙂 If I’m ever in St Louis, I’ll be sure to check it out.

    Comment by jenjoyner | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  7. Sushi is my favorite too. Thanks for checking out my blog.

    Comment by Sharon | March 11, 2010 | Reply

  8. I adore sushi…it’s beautiful artwork and great tasting food all rolled into one meal. 😀

    Comment by Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) | March 12, 2010 | Reply

  9. I know sushi pickings can be kind of slim in St. Louis, so I’ll have to check this place out. Have you tried Wasabi over in Clayton? There’s another location downtown on Washington Ave, but the management at the Clayton location is much better in my opinion. Also, from time to time, they have Hitachino Nest Beer in bottles–if you like Japanese microbrews, that stuff is fantastic.

    Comment by Chelsea | March 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Yes, I’ve been to both Wasabi locations. I prefer the Clayton one too! Mmmm…it’s so good.

      I haven’t tried the Hitachino. I’ll have to give that a try! Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

      Comment by Off The Eaten Path | March 17, 2010 | Reply

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