Located on the second floor on Burrard and Georgia, it feels like a real Japanese restaurant with private tatami rooms and most often Japanese servers. When you enter, you will hear ‘Irrashaimase’ (welcome) and ‘Arigatou Gozaimashita’ (thank you) when you leave – like a real Japanese restaurant. Though I must say, places like Sushi California does that too now, even though I think it’s Korean run.
Established over 35 years ago, Kamei Royale was the first Japanese restaurant to introduce the BC Roll! In late evenings you can hear people practice their favourite songs in the karaoke lounge. The restaurant has a very good atmosphere and is great whether you come with another friend or big groups, like 30 as we use to.
Display window by entrance of restaurant
Their menu lists are conveniently accompanied by photos so you get an idea of what the dishes look like. Though from a design perspective, it could use some design work. The quality of the menu in terms of materials used is almost as cheap as those you find in lower-quality sushi restaurants.
We were pressed for time, as we had yoga class at Yyoga right afterward, so we ordered very lightly. We had the negitoro and Rapture roll. If you go during Happy Hours, you can get some really awesome deals on some of the dishes. They do change the promo dishes from time to time, so you’ll never get bored, and will get to try something new.
Negitoro roll is hard to mess up. Though I’ve had a really bad experience once at Oyama. If the restaurant is really good, then the seaweed is really fresh and tastes delicious. This one was satisfactory. $4.50 – a bit higher than most regular restaurants, but is reasonable.
Negitoro roll $4.50
Rapture Roll $12.95
The Rapture roll on the other hand was a bit too goouy and saucy. I’m not a fan of all these new rolls with a bunch of sauces and cream to start of with. I prefer the traditional simple rolls. The point of eating sushi is to taste the deliciousness of the fish and seaweed. If you throw in a bunch of sauces that kills the natural taste. You only get 8 pieces, and it costs $12.95. Waaaaay overpriced.
Despite the prices of some dishes, I like Kamei Royale. Good atmosphere and service. The food is often very authentic. Recommend!
For LUNCH, we had a large group of 16 people. The prices for the lunch menu was much better than the dinner time. Many of us got the boat with some combination which were really great deals. I got the Noodle Combo A $12.50 with udon, prawn and vegetable tempura and 2 pieces of California, tuna and House roll each. Service was excellent, and the interior was clean, spacious and great for large groups. I highly recommend going there for lunch! For lunch’s rating, I’ve added more ‘carrots’ to the Price for Value.
Some of the other boat combos – excellent presentation and price!
Back again for a big group, and I ordered the Noodle Combo A again. However, this time, the udon was not cooked, a bit disappointed. My friend who also had a dish with udon was not cooked fully either.