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June 30, 2016

All about Sushi at Kanpai Lounge Bar

The Cherry Blossom-inspired decor

This weekend was a bit of a first for me, trying out live videos on Facebook and I want to give a big shout out to all of you for watching and chatting with me. I had never planned to do YouTube videos, the opportunity came my way and now I realize just how much I love shooting recipes. Live videos just takes things a notch higher and I feel the same sort of excitement doing these videos as I do while shooting recipes. If you’d like to see what I’ve been up to, head here to the Facebook page for the blog.

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Life is funny, isn’t it? We crave the rush of doing something new, but also seek comfort in an old favourite. Kofuku, a Japanese restaurant in Bandra, Mumbai, has been one such favourite. I find myself going back for their consistently fab sushi and luckily have company from friends who love the place too. It’s where we would wind on most weekends, and we were there for New Tear’s Eve dinner too. But earlier this year, they shifted to Suburbia Mall on Linking Road that also houses Shoppers Stop. And while the décor remains traditional and casual, it’s a lot brighter now. But the one thing I’d always missed was just having drinks at Kofuku. I mean, sure you could do that at the restaurant, but the mood and the tempo of the place just needs to be slightly different if you just want to linger over some drinks. Luckily, the management felt so too, so now, they have ‘Kanpai’ – a lounge that serves drinks and finger foods, adjacent to the restaurant. Ekta and Joash Manning from Choux Pastry Love invited me for Sushi-making session at this newly opened lounge and you’ll see exactly why I couldn’t turn it down!

Chef James Biaka started off by showing us how to make the ‘Oh My God’ Sushi from the menu. It’s a ‘flaming’ sushi roll that adds so much drama to the table. A bunch of us, including Ekta tried our hand at making some maki rolls, and my biggest take away from the session were the little tips and tricks in terms of the right way to hold your knife, pressure points and tips to ensure your sushi isn’t a squishy mess. The piece de resistance was the heart-shaped Valentine Sushi!

‘Oh My God’ Sushi

We wound up the evening with listening to The Uke Box play a bunch of classics after the Sushi-making session as we tucked into some more of the finger food. Yep, the Grilled Chicken Wings in Korean BBQ sauce you saw me post on Instagram was among my favourites. And don’t worry, there are plenty of vegetarian options too!

Isn’t the Valentine Sushi adorable?

It’s the perfect sort of ambiance to unwind after a long day at work or over the weekend with the guarantee of consistently good food. More importantly, the sort of place where you can avoid the teeny-bopper crowd. I know, there aren’t too many of those around, right? Especially when you’re thinking of some place to go and you’re already in the car! So bookmark this one, people, and please, make sure you head to the right place – Suburbia Mall on Linking Road.

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