Kamakura – This relatively new addition to the ever expanding East Belfast food scene was a welcome surprise – but really, plastic trees in the sushi? What a blast from the past!

And it’s BYOB £3.00 Corkage

We’ve driven past this restaurant a few times and it always looked intriguing. After hearing a few favourable comments, and having a rare free Saturday evening, we decided to give it a shot.

We made a booking and were glad we did, because it was packed, and walk-ins were being politely turned away.

There was an eclectic combination of customers which really gave the place a buzzy vibe.

We ordered several dishes: to start-
Spicy Tuna Roll
Yasai Gyoza
Kushiyaki &
Edamame

And for mains-
Salmon teriyaki soba &
Tofu steak

It was all excellent quality and it arrived when cooked, so this meant that we had time to savour each dish. If you’re in a rush, the service may feel a little slow, but we were delighted that we had time to enjoy each course before another arrived.

There were two slightly odd things which confused us somewhat – we expect to be offered chopsticks in an Asian restaurant but when we sat at the table we were told that the restaurant had no chopsticks left. However when we looked round, one table of two which hadn’t yet arrived had chopsticks on theirs. We asked if could we have them, so the waitress then supplied us with those chopsticks. However during our meal we discovered that other tables were having chopsticks delivered to them on request and at the end of the evening, all the tables being set for lunch the next day were furnished with, yes you guessed it, chopsticks!! We were told there weren’t any! It just all felt a little bit weird.

Secondly, a slightly retro peculiarity is the abundance of plastic foliage decorating the spicy tuna roll which felt completely unnecessary even though it made us smile about “Saturday Night Beneath The Plastic Palm Trees” by The Leyton Buzzards, and Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees”. Ah nostalgia!

Overall we were really very pleasantly surprised at this addition to the area, providing fantastic quality Japanese food in an eclectic environment. It had a buzzing atmosphere and we will definitely back

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