Saturday, 20 July 2013

Kamei Royale, Downtown Vancouver: Beauty and the Beast

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Yep. Downtown againnn! I've actually been wanting to try this place for a few years now, ever since I first spotted it on one of my bus rides to school =P Located on the second floor across from the Fairmont hotel, it's a prime location for a restaurant.







Kamei Royale on UrbanspoonRestaurant: Kamei Royale (visit their website here)
Location: 1030 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
Price range: $15 - $20+




Date of visit: July 20, 2013
Atmosphere: 4.5/5
Staff/service: 4/5
Food variety: 5/5
Food quality: 3/5
Buck worthy? 2/5


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Beauty and the beast is all I could think of for this establishment's food. They have beautifully crafted rolls and some not-so-pretty ones. Some of my food landed in the latter side of the spectrum. Disappointing. Ebisu was definitely a stronger contender.


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Either way, I know tea is sometimes charged, but for the quality we got... $1.50 a cup seemed a bit too steep. Even for downtown.

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Onwards to food. First to arrive was EC's Dynamite Roll ($6.50). It looked pretty nice! Had some sprouts instead of your usual cucumber. Nice change of things.

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EC also got a Soft Shell Crab ($9.25) and it was quite delicious! I'd think it's quite a rare occurrence, given a crab doesn't molt very often! A little bit on the salty side, but it was quite flavorful. Couldn't really taste the crab, but texture was great! =)

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EL ordered a Katsu Don ($11.50) which was fairly large. It looked quite interesting, the egg reminded me of mayo on top haha. He quite enjoyed the portion size and taste, noted it was much bigger than the Atlantic cod don he got previously.

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Honestly, they fancied up the name for a chopped scallop roll and called it a Scallop Tobiko Roll ($5.95), but in essence, is the same thing. It was not pretty. Seemed to almost fall apart, and honestly not appealing at all. EL said it was good though haha. So I guess looks don't matter all that much. Maybe I just expect too much?!

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EL also ordered an Oshi Zushi ($14.95), which is a pressed roll with atlantic and sockeye salmon, sliced golden egg, kanpyou, and shiitake mushroom topped with ikura and ginger in a cream wasabi sauce. The menu definitely looked better. It looked a bit messy upon arrival, but taste was good.

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Again, I guess looks shouldn't be the main determinant of good food, or maybe everyone just holds different standards =P

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CT and RY ordered a Chicken Teriyaki and Sushi Boat ($25.50) which was decently sized. Filled them up though! Looked quite plain, but the strawberry adds a nice touch =)

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They also ordered a Mao Roll ($15.50) which was the most aesthetically crafted of all the things ordered tonight. It consists of four pairs of rolls shaped like hearts, with different ingredients inside and is the first heart roll invented in the world. Very positive feedback from the pair, definitely a must-try!

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Finally, my order =D I regret getting the Chopped Scallop Nigiri ($2.50 each)  because it's the ugliest sushi I've seen. The seaweed was unraveling and the shape was just... not proportional *pet peeve*. The ratio of scallop and rice was not done well either, so sad. So very sad. At least the scallops were fresh.

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Ordered a Cherry Blossom Roll ($15.50) which was not worth the money. Sure, it was pretty and all, but nothing exceptional in regards to taste. The salmon was very fresh though and the avocado nicely ripe. Red tuna was borderline for me, I thought it could've been less fishy (fresher). Seaweed in the middle is your typical seaweed salad. Not impressed.

My dreams were finally broken by reality, I don't regret coming here to fulfill my desire of trying Kamei Royale, but leaving a bit disappointed. At least I found out in the end. Not all stories have a happy ending haha =P Just got to say, they overcharge for their quality. Atmosphere and service are there, now just fix up the food. Toodles!

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