After reading the Kampai House's review in Mercuary News, "Fusion with Flair, if you are patient", my take on it is that as long as the food is good, it is worth a visit. I will be the judge.
The four of us went on a Friday night around 7:30pm. The restaurant decor is modern, simple, with a bare, industrial feel to it. A DJ was playing trendy, lively house music. I check off "satisfactory" on the ambiance.
We sat down, the server came to greet us about 2 minutes while we reviewed the menu. The menu price ranged from $4 to $25. With the help from the Mercury New review and the server, we decided to start with couple of cocktails, Captian Crunch, Black and Blue, and Agedashi Tofu as starters, Fire Dragon, Sakura roll, and a few nigiri, and the highly recommended signature plates, Dynasty (duck) and Kyoto Emerald (black cod), and end the meal with the dessert "Mint Condition" a sake infused barlett pear.
The cocktail Oren Ishii, a Lychee Martini, was fabulous, and they did not short change me on my vodka. The food was excellent. The salmon and maguro nigiris were the best ones that I had in Sillicon Valley. The Fire Dragon roll was fun to look at and crunchy, tangy to taste. Captain Crunch, Dynasty, Kyoto Emerald were unique, delicous, and memorable. Mint Condition, the pear just fell apart in the mouth and left a refreshing, sweet, pleasantly surprising flavor that lingers. I check off "satisfactory" on Great Food.
The service we received at Kampai House was similar to the other casual dining restaurants. The food started to come after 10-15 minutes, and came fairly quickly after we got our first item. The server checked on us a few times, and the owner stopped by to ask our feedbacks on the restaurant. I didn't have a problem at all.
Being in Sunnyvale for many years, Kampai House had gone beyond this town's expectation. I truly think Sunnyvale deserves better. With good food, I am a patron from now on.
Pros: Great sushi, Dessert - Mint Condition
Cons: Table is too small for their large serving plates