San Kai, the self-described "Japanese Modern Cuisine" lounge bar in the heart of Southbank's eclectic restaurant strip, is an attractive sushi restaurant that promises an authentic dining experience.
Attracting a varied clientele, the classy yet traditional decor provides a relaxed atmosphere for our anticipating taste buds.
We chose a mix of sashimi and sliced maki rolls, including tempura prawn, california roll and salmon nigiri, all of which were insanely great. We also had a delectable duo of Teriyaki chicken and Katsu curry rice bowls, as San Kai also offers a large selection of hot dishes and bento boxes for the bustling take-away lunch crowd.
The nigiri reached our table on a beautiful wooden platter, garnished with ample wasabi and pickled ginger. Being wasabi fiends, we turned down the polite offer of having our salmon made without the customary green delicacy, however the option was quite thoughtful. The salmon itself was tender, creamy and soft like butter. The rice had a wonderful texture and the perfect amount of vinegary tang. All in all, damn son.
The tempura prawn had a delicate crunch and full flavour, made fresh to order and still hot from the kitchen. Conversely, while obviously made with skill and containing quality ingredients, our California roll was a little on the tasteless side.
However, this wasn't enough to put a damper on our delighted tongues, as San Kai will be a place that will see our drooling faces again and again.