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 recently moved and, somewhat hilariously, somebody immediately opened a copycat shop in the same location.  Uncool, because Kami Maki built up their own fan base over years. If you want that unique take on Japanese cuisine, you now need to head De Vos Avenue in Bambalapitiya, near the YAMU Office. 

The Location

The main thing that's changed from our last reviews is the location. Whereas the old Kami Maki was on a prominent but sun-blasted spot at Jawatte and Thimbirigasyaya, the new one is on a little by-lane off Duplication Road, just before Vajira Road. Check the map attached to this review. 

The main plus point here is that there's some semblance of parking and the new outpost is not as tiny and sunny as the older one. 

The inside is positively dark, and blissfully cool.

While Thimbirgasyaya is the happening spot, this new location is close to the YAMU Office, so we can't complain.

The Food

Kami Maki has always been a bit about managing expectations. This isn't pure Japanese — it really is Sri Lankan fusion. Their classic dishes are non-canonical rice burgers and their innovative rolls. None of these have the restraint or minimalism of traditional Japanese cuisine. They use Japanese flavors and ingredients as a base, but what they create is something quite different. It's closer in spirit to Hawaiian or California Japanese than anything else.

Take, for example, the Crispy Salmon Roll (Rs. 720) pictured here. This is a salmon roll but with tempura fried something and cucumber inside, served with a good amount of rice on the outside and a tomato mayo sauce. It could be a bit much, but the dish actually works really well. You get a rare experience for Colombo — an actual flavor crescendo. The rice hits first, mixed with the sweet tomato mayo, then you get a crunchy hit of tempura and cucumber. Then you go back to soft and deeply umami (savory) with the salmon inside. 

This dish has an interesting mix of flavors (sweet, umami) and textures (soft, crunchy) and overall works as a tasty bit of fusion.

The other dish I tried (everything just based on the server's recommendation) was the chicken katsu rice (Rs. 720). This is basically rice, vegetable curry and fried chicken. The chicken was tender and fried well, the veg was cooked perfectly and the rice was, well, rice. An interesting dish in that the curry tasted almost Indian. Overall it was very warm and hearty, like a stew. It could have used some acidity or something fresh to cut it for my taste, but I'll eat salad (or lunu dehi) with anything. This reminded me a bit too much of school lunch, but it's not a bad meal for a salaryman.

Service

The day I went (shortly after they moved), they were understaffed and the service was a bit slow, but they apologized for that and carried on. The server did know the menu well and could recommend some good options and the owner seems to always be around if you have a major problem. My only complaint would be that the bill took about 10 minutes to arrive.

Conclusion

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.


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The rice burgers and rolls are your best bet.
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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.

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‘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
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!

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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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