Kanpai promotional poster lifted off from Kampachi.com.my
It's one of the most awesome sake & buffet dinner session you'll ever get to experience in Malaysia, IMHO. I had the utmost pleasure of attending last year's session and loved every second of it - you bet your liver I won't miss this year's for the world.
If you are still in two minds about going, well, here are 5 reasons why you should NOT miss it (largely based on my previous experience, which should be similar to the upcoming one):
1. It's Kampachi.
Also borrowed from Kampachi.com.my
Do a quick Google Search and you'll come across umpteen write-ups singing praises of Kampachi's quality, fresh seafood, legendary weekend buffets, how it's one of the best Japanese restaurants in town and how it has won years and years of awards.
I'm sure you don't need me to ply you on with any more annoying hyperlinks because I totally could, as there are MORE reviews easily available online. :)
2. ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Japanese food buffet.
A mere FRACTION of what we got to stuff our face with last year.
You've heard of their legendary Sunday buffet, yes? Well, this Thursday's session will be a buffet session too - which means, you get to eat ALL the sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, soups, noodles, oden, bbqs, cold cuts, dessert that you can stomach! BONUS - the sake masters may even bring special delicacies from their OWN hometowns to pair with their respective sake labels.
3. ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK Junmai sake.
From last year's Kanpai session. It's like I died and went to sake heaven.
Kampachi is famed for its largest array of Junmai sakes (sake made with just 3 basic ingredients, with no added alcohol) compared to any other Japanese restaurants in Malaysia. For this upcoming Kanpai session, they'll be featuring 3 labels - Fusozuru, Taketsuru & Asahigiku. Each label will be showcasing 3 variants each, so we're looking at a being able to try 9 different types of sake!
4. You don't need to go Japan to meet ACTUAL Sake masters...
Last year's Kanpai featured (from L to R): Izumibashi's Yuichi Hashiba, Kazuyoshi Sato of Abe Kameji, Benten Musume sake's Shotaro Ota, Tomohiko Ohata, owner of Ohata brewery & sake sommelier Shigeyuki Masaki.
.. because Kampachi flew them all HERE just so you can meet them in person, ask them all you want about sakes in general and about their own sake labels. They are super accommodating, are such sweet guys and love nothing more than to see you enjoy their sake and learn about it. This year, you'll be meeting:
1. Tomohiko Ohata, 4th generation owner of Ohata (since 1903).
2. Toshio Taketsuru, 14th generation owner of Taketsuru (since 1733 - yes, the same family that founded Nikka - but they made sake first).
3. Noriaji Harada, 4th generation owner of Asahigiku (since 1900)
4. Shigeyuki Masaki, a licensed sake Sommelier
5. Value for Money
ALL the sake from last year's Kanpai. It was madness.
So you think RM320 is a little steep? It really isn't. Let me break it down for you.
The usual Kampachi's legendary Sunday (and public holidays) buffet costs you RM148, which leaves you with a RM172 cost for the sake tasting portion.
The sakes featured are on the average, no less than RM200 (based on last year's Kanpai line-up,it's between RM180 to RM300++) per 720ml bottle (that's about 20 standard pours) = RM5.50 / shot.
Say you suck at drinking so much that you can only manage 5 shots per label - because you'd want to try each with the different types of Japanese food, ie - 1) oden / soupy stuff 2) sashimi / cold cuts 3) teppanyaki / bbq / cooked stuff 4) stuff with carbs like noodles & rice 5) dessert.
Then you're looking at trying NINE bottles (by the way, they are usually around 15-20% ABV - just slightly higher than wines, which means, it's deceptively SO EASY TO DRINK).
So = 5 x 9 = 40 shots.
40 x RM5.50 = RM220
RM220 >> RM172
= YOU WIN (QED)
And there you have it. 5 reasons why you SHOULD Kanpai with the Sake Masters at Kampachi Plaza33 this Thursday. As if you need any more reasons, there will also be fun & games, giftaways and promotional prices on sake bottle purchases.
But you'll need to RSVP very quickly because it's by reservations only and places get snapped up too fast. So don't say I #bojio!
KANPAI! with Sake Masters from Japan 2016 details:
23 June 2016 (Thursday)
For reservations, call +603 7931 6938