A stylish, newly opened Japanese restaurant near Sovereign Hill.
Location: 501 Main Road, Ballarat (Victoria). The restaurant is across the road from Sovereign Hill.
Website: official website and AGFG review (limited information available)
Price: $10 for entree salad, $15 for the sashimi shown below, $35+ for mains
Tamago (egg) salad - I had this as an entree, a surprisingly large bowl of salad leaves, with the usual Japanese sesame dressing. Topped with a tasty egg and creamy mayonnaise mixture.
Sashimi (three kinds - in the plate behind the salad bowl) - two or three slices of each type of fish. There were salmon - which is always my favourite, and this salmon looked beautiful and tasted just as good. Tuna, and kingfish which were ok but I should have really had a whole serving of salmon because it's the only raw fish I love. Main complaint is that there wasn't much fish for $15.
Unagi - a few of my friends had entree sized unagi for around $10, it was a decent sized eel and was soft and flavoursome. I would get this if I were to go again!
Wagyu sushi - just including this picture for interest. Flame seared wagyu on top of rice, $15 per plate!
Other: Kambei feels and tastes like authentic Japanese cuisine, which is a surprise for us to find in Ballarat. But it is really out of the budget range of us poor students. A few of us decided to fill ourselves up with KFC after we left the restaurant. The restaurant also had a deal on certain days which was about $45 for a three course meal, perhaps that would have been more filling.
Rating: 2.5/5 is my personal opinion because whilst quality is important, I always feel disappointed if I'm still hungry after paying for an expensive meal! Having said that, it would be a delightful place to visit, if you're looking for somewhere a little classier and you don't mind spending a little extra.