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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.



Kami Maki is a happening new Japanese place on the corner of Jawatte and Thimbirigasaya. The food needs a bit of work on the basics, but it's an interesting and intelligent concept. We think it's worth an informed visit now and that they'll get better with feedback.

Kami Maki is in a highly visible but tiny space in Thimbirigasaya and, right now at least, the place is quite happening. It was sold out the first night we went there and it always seems pretty full. Of course, that's partly because it's built on like two perches and can only fit about 12 people at a time.

The Food



The nigiri sushi The nigiri sushi


Kami Maki has a really creative menu and some interesting ideas - rice burgers, wasabi fries, etc. On execution, however, they still need a bit of work. The nigiri sushi, for example, is relatively affordable (Rs. 150 for tuna, 170 for salmon) and the fish part is definitely good. What's weird is the rice. It seems overcooked or something, for us it came out like kiribath. We're not experts, but it just didn't taste like sushi rice. That's obviously fixable, but it does unbalance an otherwise well presented dish.

The crab and cucumber maki The crab and cucumber maki


The crab and cucumber with chili mayo (Rs. 490) also. Crab, cucumber, seaweed - all good. The rice was just a bit off. Also didn't seem to come with chili mayo.

Kami Maki Rice Burger Fork

Their biggest selling (and most interesting) things are their rice burgers (Rs. 550, beef). Here the presentation is great, flavoring is good, but again they need to work on one main ingredient. Sri Lankan beef is what it is, but this beef was really chewy. We timed and it took our friend 30 seconds to chew one bite. As a note, you can’t pick up and eat the rice burger. We’d describe it as, well, Japanese kiribath stacks with beef and pickles in the middle.

Teppanyaki Teppanyaki


Same for the beef teppanyaki (Rs. 490). Just really tough. Sri Lankan beef is hard to work with, but we'd go so far as to say avoid the beef here altogether.

Chicken donburi Chicken donburi


The chicken is fine, like the donburi with rice (Rs. 590). It's not an 'authentic' donburi, what with grated carrot, etc, but it's pretty good and the meat is cooked well. The sashimi is also OK. We can't vouch for the prawn or seafood (besides crab) but we're assuming that's OK.

Tamarind ice cream Tamarind ice cream


Where the creativity of the menu met execution was on the desserts and drinks. The tamarind ice cream (Rs. 300) and tamarind juice (Rs. 250) were excellent, as was the cookie coated chocolate ice cream (Rs. 350).

Location



Kami Maki from the outside Kami Maki from the outside


The location is both good and bad. It's highly visible, on a prominent street corner. However, the space itself is tiny. About two perches we'd guess. That's about the size of two parking spots, and they've built two accessible floors. It's glass fronted so it's also really hot around lunchtime. There is outdoor seating, but that's only really usable in the evenings, until they get umbrellas. Even then, there's traffic (noise, smog) from the street. There's basically no parking at all, two spots around the corner but not really. We had to park down a side street.

On the plus side, the place is always packed. You do get an excited feeling in there, even if it gets hot after a while. You're elbow to elbow and you can hear every conversation, but it also feels like you're in a happening spot.

Many times, however, you just won't be able to get a seat, so takeaway and delivery are necessary and available options.

Service



The interior The interior


You're cheek-by-jowl with the staff so it's easy to communicate. They're quite nice, competent and care, which is why we have hope that the food related issues can be fixed.

Conclusion



The wasabi fries (Rs. 450) The wasabi fries (Rs. 450)


Kami Maki is an exciting new place with a few teething issues in terms of food (rice and beef preparation for us). It's not cheap but for the sushi it's relatively affordable. It's also really tiny, so not the most comfortable place to dine-in. The service and management seem to be smart so we have hope that they can learn and adapt. It's a buzzing place and a welcome addition to Colombo 5.

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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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!

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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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