4.35 Stars – Overall Experience
3.75 Stars – Price
4.25 Stars – Service
4.50 Stars – Food
4.25 Stars – Atmosphere
Freshly Squeezed OJ Mimosa
Teppan State of Mind
Tucked away on the corner of Parliament and Carlton, Kanpai Snack Bar is serving up Taiwanese street food, fusion brunch for those looking to change it up from the traditional pancakes and bacon. Friendly service and bold flavours will definitely have us coming back for seconds!
Definitely an industrial modern feel with a heavy emphasis on the wood. Lots of smaller seating spots, but I imagine tables could be easily pushed together to accommodate a larger group. Plenty of natural light coming in from the surrounding windows and a beautiful bar and semi-open style kitchen as well lets you take a peak behind the scenes. Perfect for all occasions, as long as the group is willing to try some new brunch dishes (and sit on bench chairs with no backs).
Absolutely loved our waitress. She was very bubbly and made us feel at ease and welcome. Both my dining partner and I are vegetarian and the waitress didn’t miss a beat when it came to recommending a few things off the menu. Any changes we asked for, she was happy to accommodate. Really great service as she wasn’t just friendly, but engaging and made our dining experience that much better.
Mimosas were served in a beautiful glass with freshly squeezed OJ (which I appreciate) and were generous with the bubbly. Would definitely order again.
First out was a fruit salad. Pretty basic, but I was pleased to see there was more than just melon. Very refreshing, thanks to the mint, and a nice way to start the brunch.
Following that came my Teppan State of Mind which consisted of black peppered ramen noodles topped with green onions on a bed of buttered onions, next to 2 lightly fried eggs on a teppan grill. It was sizzling and smelled divine when it was brought to the table. Not sure if there was much else to the sauce aside from the onions, oil and pepper, but the dish was nevertheless bursting with flavour and heat. My only wish was to maybe have the eggs over easy and on top of the noodles so I could mix the yolk in better, but to be fair, I was asked how I wanted my eggs and this is the traditional style it is served in so I said to do them fried. Overall, it was a very different “brunch” for me and I would 100% order it again.
Surprisingly, I had a few options to choose from, noted by a V next to dishes that can be made vegetarian. I am definitely interested in checking out their dinner menu since the food was so good, but think that will be a bit more challenging when it comes to vegetarian options based on their online menu (but they still have options)
Food was excellent and portions were generous, but brunch was still a little on the expensive side. My friend and I got the same thing (although she substituted the eggs for homestyle sweet potato fries) and we ended up paying approx $25 each (with a drink) before tip.
Time of Brunch: 2:00pm
Date: Sun May 21st, 2017
For more information, please check out their website at http://www.kanpaisnackbar.com