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3/5

Kami Maki

26, De Vos Ave, Colombo 4


Kami Maki is a Japanese fusion restaurant in Bamabalapitiya. While it's not the most authentic Japanese in town, they do offer some interesting fusion dishes.



‘Fusion’ is the keyword at the latest Japanese restaurant in Colombo.

Kami Maki is a small restaurant, so don’t go here if you want to engage in private conversation as the diners next to you are bound to overhear. There are only three small tables on the top floor, and a counter with stools on the ground floor, but we were the only people there on a Sunday afternoon, so it wasn’t a problem. If you are prone to claustrophobia, you may feel too constrained. But they’ve done well with what they have, and I’m guessing it’s nice at night. It fits the bill in terms of décor, as everything is minimalistic, with a typically Japanese sliding door concealing the washroom, and pretty flowers drawn on the walls. They could play some soft music, to add to the ambience.

Parking is a problem. They indicate a spot with an arrow but you can’t see which space is reserved for the restaurant specifically. Better signage would help.

The Food



The shichimi cuttlefish The shichimi cuttlefish


The food served here seems to have been Sri Lankanised. In a good way. Everything we were served was tasty, and that is what matters in the end. It was also fun to see how creative they were with the menu. The smoked salmon and avocado maki (Rs. 490) was good, soft and chewy, and the tastes of the ingredients were distinctive. The shichimi cuttlefish (Rs. 650) -shichimi means ‘seven flavor chilli pepper’ in Japanese- was basically a hot garlic cuttlefish dish- but slightly different. It was clear that they have given thought to how they can add local favourites to a Japanese menu, and it works.

The chicken donburi The chicken donburi


For mains, we had the chicken donburi (Rs. 590) and the teriyaki chicken rice burger (Rs. 550). The donburi was very good. The grated carrots and leeks reminded me of fried rice, which was comforting in a weird way. The rice part of the burger was toasted perhaps- it had a baked feel to it which made it slightly dry, and the mayonnaise overpowered an otherwise tasty dish. Also, the sauces and food threatened to drip/drop off the plate.

Cookie coated ice cream with chocolate sauce Cookie coated ice cream with chocolate sauce


Dessert was a highlight, and creativity again played a big role here. Both the panko fried banana fritters with wasabi and honey (Rs. 350), and the cookie coated chocolate ice cream (Rs. 350) -what was the Japanese element here, I wondered- were delicious.

It has to be noted with satisfaction that the portions are plentiful. Considering the price for the full meal (all this added up to a final bill of slightly less than Rs. 3000), it translates into very good value for money. And although our stomachs were full without even finishing all of the mains (they were that big), nothing felt overly oily or unhealthy, which is the best part about Japanese cuisine. Presentation was also good, as can be seen from the pictures.

Service



It wasn’t a busy afternoon, and the food came pretty quickly. Our waiter wasn’t too quick to grasp what we wanted, but this may be due to the language gap. He was earnest though, and we switched to Sinhalese, so it was fine. Perhaps an area that can be improved on, to round off the rest of the experience.

Conclusion



With a carefully thought out menu, creative combinations, and unfussy food, this is a place that delivers what’s promised. In case space becomes an issue, the pricing makes it a good option to think about when you want some takeout to enjoy at home, or if you are entertaining guests.

TIP

The rice burgers and rolls are your best bet.
All Reviews

If you set your expectations for fusion, you can have an interesting meal at Kami Maki. Their rice burgers and rolls count as legit innovations. They're doing a creative marriage of Japanese and Sri Lankan cuisine, which, while it can be hit-or-miss, has inspired loyalty even after their move.

Kami Maki is a Japanese fusion restaurants in Thimbirigasyaya. While it's not the best Japanese in town, they do offer some interesting fusion dishes.

‘Fusion’ is the keyword at the latest Japanese restaurant in Colombo. With a carefully thought out menu, creative combinations, and unfussy food, this is a place that delivers what’s promised.

Kami Maki is a Japanese fusion restaurant in Bamabalapitiya. While it's not the most authentic Japanese in town, they do offer some interesting fusion dishes.

සිංහල කාමි මාකි කියන්නේ ජාවත්ත සහ තිඹිරිගස්යාය මුල්ලේ තියෙන අළුත් ජපන් අවන්හලක්. මෙතන කෑමවල මූලික වෙනස්කම් ටිකක් කෙරෙන්න ඕනේ. ඒත් ඒක සිත් ඇදගන්නා සුළු සහ ඥානවන්ත සංකල්පයක්. අපි හිතනවා දැන් අපි තොරතුරු හොයන ගමනක් එහි යායුතු බවත් ලැබෙන ප්‍රතිචාර අනුව එයාලා අඩුපාඩු නිවැරදි කරගනී කියලත් හිතෙනවා.

Address

26, De Vos Ave, Colombo 4

Directions

Kami Maki has moved to Bamba, on Duplication Road you pass AOD and Lauries Road. De Vos is on your right, past Daisy Villa Ave and before Vajira Road.

Contacts

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Open 11 AM–12 Midnight

Cuisine

Japanese

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Seafood

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
3
Ambience Rating
4

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User Reviews
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5/5

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ranukam

I just read through this page again and I'm certain the above comment by Shan has come out of his rear end LOL. I am a big fan of japanese food and have tried every place in the country. Obviously this guy has no idea about japanese food. The portions at kami maki are huge and you find it difficult to finish and the prices are crazy low compared to other places. they are at least half the price. I first went there about two weeks ago and now I'm a regular and have been there 5-6 times in the last two weeks and let me tell you - value and taste is better than any other japanese in the country. Anyone who knows what they're talking about will know. Im goin back for more at kami maki on the weekend!

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5/5

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ChinthakaP

Good value and very tasty food. My family and I have been to all the Japanese restaurants in colombo and have tried most of the menu items. Kami maki is my choice for value and taste. They have the authentic stuff as well as some interesting fusion items that kids love. The comfort level is not what you will get at Ginza or Nihonbashi but for the price its worth it and anyway thats their concept and they have a very rustic concept which i think is fun. Its been full most times we have visited so better to reserve before going. I hope they add yakitori to the menu soon. Good job - keep it up!

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5/5

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ranukam

My favorite place at the moment. I've been twice now and the food is really cheap as far as japanese restaurants go and really good taste. I personally love the sushi and the tempura dishes. The place is a little small but it makes up for it with the value and food. I got california rolls for rs 620 here where its otherwise rs1500++ at nihonbashi. and the tempura shrimp here is rs 720 as opposed to rs 1660++. Great place for small crowd.

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5/5

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ranukam

I just read through this page again and I'm certain the above comment by Shan has come out of his rear end LOL. I am a big fan of japanese food and have tried every place in the country. Obviously this guy has no idea about japanese food. The portions at kami maki are huge and you find it difficult to finish and the prices are crazy low compared to other places. they are at least half the price. I first went there about two weeks ago and now I'm a regular and have been there 5-6 times in the last two weeks and let me tell you - value and taste is better than any other japanese in the country. Anyone who knows what they're talking about will know. Im goin back for more at kami maki on the weekend!

C
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5/5

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ChinthakaP

Good value and very tasty food. My family and I have been to all the Japanese restaurants in colombo and have tried most of the menu items. Kami maki is my choice for value and taste. They have the authentic stuff as well as some interesting fusion items that kids love. The comfort level is not what you will get at Ginza or Nihonbashi but for the price its worth it and anyway thats their concept and they have a very rustic concept which i think is fun. Its been full most times we have visited so better to reserve before going. I hope they add yakitori to the menu soon. Good job - keep it up!

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5/5

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ranukam

My favorite place at the moment. I've been twice now and the food is really cheap as far as japanese restaurants go and really good taste. I personally love the sushi and the tempura dishes. The place is a little small but it makes up for it with the value and food. I got california rolls for rs 620 here where its otherwise rs1500++ at nihonbashi. and the tempura shrimp here is rs 720 as opposed to rs 1660++. Great place for small crowd.

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4/5

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shafriza

visited Kami Maki twice and both times enjoyed everything we ordered. the staff are friendly and atmosphere was good, The Amberella Juice was really refreshing. If they continue to do well i will definitely keep going back. the Schimi cuttlefish was really good too.

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5/5

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AjithKAMIMAKI

Dear all,

I'm Ajith and I'm the restaurant supervisor at Kami Maki and I would like to post this on behalf of the Kami Maki management. Its a very humble, honest and sincere post from our management with regard to the above review and comments.

While thanking the many kind comments about us in the section above, we are also very sorry to have read of some of the bad experiences some have had at our outlet during our start up period. We apologise sincerely for any inconveniences caused, and admittedly we DID have some teething issues at the start of operations and as any new venture would, we did go through a tough week or two. Please accept our humble apologies to those who were inconvenienced in any way, once again.

That period is in the past for us.

We would like to gladly inform you that any issues we may have had are no there longer and Kami Maki is functioning smoothly and serving some of the best Japanese cuisine and fusion food you may find in Sri Lanka.

With regard to our service, we have a settled team of staff who are quick and friendly and care for our customer's needs. And our experienced and skilled kitchen staff use nothing less than the best produce and highest class of ingredients when it comes to their creations.

Undoubtedly, we are not super human and there may be the one off hiccup, but that's I suppose general to most businesses. However, in our case, our aim is to ELIMINATE any such hiccups and we gladly look forward to your feedback and help in doing so.

Please feel free to contact our Manager's personal mobile 072 783 0 783 should you feel you need to make any complaint or suggestion - at ANY time of the day.

We believe that constructive criticism only makes one better, and we thank YAMU for their quick review of us. However, we'd also like to please request that you visit us again and see Kami Maki as it is now - serving hundreds weekly.

We are looking to expand and open new outlets in 2014 and our vision is to be the best and most value for money Japanese cuisine chain in Sri Lanka.

For this, we humbly look to our customers for feedback and we promise to give you the best cuisine and service in return.

Thank you,

The Management - Kami Maki

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5/5

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RashmiR

The chicken lollipops were excellent. I called and placed an order for take out and the food was ready in 20 minutes for pick up. I agree about the consistency of the rice being too sticky but I'm sure that's something that can be easily fixed. Would definitely go again

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2/5

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Gehan

Went last night, was a disastrous night. We sat upstairs with two other tables of ppl, and 2 of the 3 tables cleared out without waiting for the food. We waited for 90 minutes before getting 2 out of our 3 dishes, and then just cancelled it and went to KFC out of sheer hunger.

New place, I understand, but the food was not exceptional or anything to validate the ridiculous waiting time. Might hazard a takeaway order, but highly doubt I will return to dine in.

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