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4/5

Sushi Kai

143A, Jawatte Road, Thimbirigasyaya.


Sushi Kai is one of the more reliable options for sushi. Their Okonomiyaki is fantastic.



Okay everyone, here is the re-review of Sushi Kai y'all have been requesting for since our last review. I won't spoil too much, but I will say that within this review you can expect to read about: a lot of bonito flakes, weird stares, haughty observations and a brilliant Crispy Red. What does all this mean?
Read on, to find out!

Sushi Kai - The Food

I have a confession. I'm highly addicted to sushi. It's getting out of control. Soon, I might have wasabi and soy sauce running through my veins and my internal organs might turn into cuts of akami and salmon. It's bad. 

My lust for sushi has resulted in me turning to establishments of all sorts for relief. I used to travel to and from China quite frequently and I hogged the local sushi parlour (Good Governance Sushi) in the city I was in so much, that they decided to give me a loyalty card.

Proof^

But enough about my sad obsession with seafood. Let's dig in.

First up is a humble portion of Cucumber Hoso Maki. For Rs. 350 you get a portion of six, well-prepared rolls. The cut here is clean, and the sushi-rice and cucumber stuffing are tightly packed into neat rolls encased in nori. 

The rice is fresh, without too much vinegar and produces a clean, refreshing flavour with the cucumber. A well balanced, and light starter. 

For a bit of slurp and slippery action, we opted for the Vegetarian Ramen. You get quite a large, heavy bowl for Rs. 550, which we thought was a helluva deal. 

It's laden heavily with julienned carrot, scallions, looooots of tiny tofu cubes, deliciously chunky shiitake mushrooms, and is garnished with scallions. The noodles are fresh and well prepared. I'm not sure if they're imported or of local quality, but they're good. 

As for the broth, it had a heavy miso overnote, but also tasted of good vegetable stock. A hearty bowl that'll fill you right up. 
Oh god, the Okonomiyaki (Rs. 720 for the veg option). This was an absolute treat.
Okonomiyaki is a type of Japanese pancake that's stacked with a load of astringent ingredients and sauces. The result is a magnificent umami blast of piquancy in your mouth. Ugh, I'm drooling as I am typing this. 

Anyways, the execution was remarkably well done as it held its structure well instead of falling apart like a sloppy mess. 
The vegetables (cabbage, carrots, scallions etc) give it a wonderful crunch while the egg layer on top balances it out with a wonderfully gooey texture. Lashings of soy glaze and kewpie further add to this flavour bomb. 

This dish is typically served with a garnish of bonito flakes, but since my dinner partner is vegetarian, we opted for one without. However, our first server was incredibly nice and offered to let us have the flakes in a separate bowl so I could indulge. What we got was a small bowl practically spilling over with large bonito flakes. This stuff packs quite the punch and amps up the umami flavour profile, so make sure you try it out. 

Look at this beauty. It's making me cry. This here is the Crispy Red- Sushi Kai's pièce de résistance, probably. It's a dish comprised of 6 California rolls containing salmon and some other mix I was too busy eating to remember. 

It comes topped with tempura batter, and a fiery sriracha-mayo that only kicks in once your tongue is done registering everything else.

Again, the presentation was great. Each roll was neat in its craftsmanship and the overall design was executed neat and clean. Oh, it costs Rs. 900 and worth it. 

The Drinks 

They've got a wide selection of drinks, but we opted for two of the fruitier infusions. 

*Pictured: Lime and Sprite (left), Kai Glass (right). 

The Lime and Sprite drink (Rs. 400)  is rather clear in terms of appearance but is a highly refreshing albeit simple concoction. It's a good choice if you'd like a palate cleanser in between every bite. 

The Kai Glass (Rs. 400) is Sushi Kai's signature drink, and is a heady concoction of lemongrass and ginger. Now, these are two flavours I absolutely love. However, the drink was a bit underwhelming on account of its achingly sweet aftertaste. It was a shock to my poor taste buds and lacked any tart zap that one might expect from a combination such as this. Avoid if you're not a sweet tooth. 

Service & Ambience

Now this is where things get a bit rocky. Service-wise, the staff are alright. Our night started off by us being tended to by a really friendly and professional member of their staff. But he disappeared and someone else took over.

This dude made me an uncomfortable on account of his slow responses, excessive staring and obvious attitude problem. No thanks. 
Their other staff members can get a bit annoying as well. I wanted to have a picture taken and I could very well see another waiter stop and stare whilst hiding on the staircase to the top. It's not like he wanted a quick look, he very clearly stood there for a duration of about two minutes until I felt awkward enough to get back to my seat. It didn't occur to him that I could see his reflection on the window.... Ugh. 

On our last review, Bhagya stated that the place had the same ambience as the Kami Maki outlet that inhabited the premises before this. It hasn't changed one bit. It's small but cosy and charming nevertheless. Plus, we especially enjoyed the street view. 

Conclusion

Sushi Kai has sufficiently upped their food game, and is now on my list of favourites. Perhaps don't wear shorts when you go here, and definitely try the Okonomiyaki. 


TIP

There's literally no parking so you'll likely have to park somewhere down Jawatte Road.

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Address

143A, Jawatte Road, Thimbirigasyaya.

Directions

Sushi Kai is at the Jawatte Road junction in Thimibirigayaya, right opposite the Church of the Good Shepherd.

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Open until 10:30 PM

Cuisine

Japanese

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Dish Types

Sushi

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
5
Service Rating
2
Ambience Rating
3
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Evey

Please review again. I constantly go here. Staff seems to be a bit distracted. But the food is awesome.

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Raizas

Just had lunch at Sushi Kai and I don't know what your review is on about - maybe you need to re-visit the place. The Crispy Red was delicious - so sooo good and we ordered the Prawn Donburi and Chicken Katsu Don. Huge portions; I must have had around 15 juicy prawns in mine while my husband's Chicken Katsu was piled high with crispy crumbed chicken fillets. We couldn't finish our meals as the portions were so huge. Staff were very friendly and the service was fast. I will definitely recommend this place and visit again

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Evey

Please review again. I constantly go here. Staff seems to be a bit distracted. But the food is awesome.

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Raizas

Just had lunch at Sushi Kai and I don't know what your review is on about - maybe you need to re-visit the place. The Crispy Red was delicious - so sooo good and we ordered the Prawn Donburi and Chicken Katsu Don. Huge portions; I must have had around 15 juicy prawns in mine while my husband's Chicken Katsu was piled high with crispy crumbed chicken fillets. We couldn't finish our meals as the portions were so huge. Staff were very friendly and the service was fast. I will definitely recommend this place and visit again

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JanikJay

I eat from this place at least 2-3 times a week and I love the food. The only thing you can complain about is the Parking and maybe the service when they get very busy. The prices are reasonable and definitely cheaper than most other places around. If you're looking for a fancy dining experience and feel like this place is not good enough you could always pay more and go to a place like Ginza, Yumi or Nihonbashi. I feel like the team at Yamu need to do more homework before they review a place. Overall I would definitely go back to this place and recommend it to others…

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