My greatest measurement of a good restaurant is simple:  if I can distinctly remember a dish that I ate there and want to go back for that specific dish, the restaurant is a winner.  For me, it’s not about the ambiance (but it helps) or the service (which would be nice), it’s ultimately about the food.

There are some restaurants that are okay and there are some restaurants that are good.  The good restaurants for me are ones that I would definitively recommend my friends to without qualm or hesitation.  I never, ever want to lead someone astray when it comes to food.

But what about a restaurant that is so good, you think about not recommending it to your friends?

Weird, I know.  But after I ate at Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar with my wife, the strangest thing crossed my mind.  I thought to myself, “I need to keep this place a secret.  I don’t want people to know about this place so it never gets full and I can claim it all to myself.”

It was the first time I ever had those thoughts about a restaurant.

Kanpai Japanese Sushi Bar is a small restaurant nestled in a small strip mall in the middle of a town that isn’t really known for “blow your mind” restaurants.  I must have driven past there a million times before we finally decided to try it out.

I honestly want to kick myself for not doing it sooner.

From the clam miso, to the G.G. beef, to the skewers, to the sushi – everything was amazing.  Everything.  Have you ever had that experience?  I have never been in a restaurant where everything I ordered was good.  Never ever.

Even better – they close at 1 a.m.  1 a.m.?  Is this place for real?

Anyway, I am already speaking way too much.  I feel like I have broken some monastic vow of silence by talking about this place.  If you want to check it out for yourself, you can visit their official site online at http://www.kanpai-sushi.net.

You can also check out their Yelp! reviews at http://www.yelp.com/biz/kanpai-japanese-sushi-bar-los-angeles.

And don’t worry about those few negative reviews.  It was about the service, so if you’re like me you can just delete those from your hard drive.


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