Kanpai, the newest addition to Johannesburg’s bustling culinary and bubble scene, is set to tantalise taste buds with its exotic flavours and chic ambiance. Nestled in the heart of Rosebank’s premium art precinct, Kanpai promises an unforgettable dining experience where patrons can savour Asian Tapas alongside a glass of bubbly, amidst vibrant yet relaxed surroundings.

The brainchild of entrepreneur Monwabisi Thethe along with his team of culinary enthusiasts, Kanpai represents a fusion of Japanese cultures and flavours, offering a unique dining concept to Johannesburg’s discerning foodies. The restaurant’s name, derived from the Japanese word for “cheers,” encapsulates the spirit of celebration and camaraderie that awaits patrons as they embark on a culinary journey through Asia. This spirit is evident in every Kanpai detail – from the architectural flow of the restaurant, to the communal sharing dishes that encourage you and yours to savour meals together.

Drawing inspiration strongly from Japan, as well as other diverse culinary traditions from the rest of the east, Kanpai’s menu is a symphony of flavours, meticulously curated in part by talented Exec Chef, Layton Barnes. From the artistry of new styles of sushi to other robust, artistic f lavours, each dish is a testament to their commitment to culinary excellence.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Johannesburg to our concept of Asian Tapas,” says Monwabisi Thethe, Co-Owner of Kanpai. “Kanpai represents a celebration of diverse, oishii (delicious in Japanese) flavours, inviting diners on a culinary journey through Asia’s rich gastronomic landscape.”

Kanpai’s dedication to culinary excellence extends beyond its menu. The restaurant boasts a vibrant Japanese-inspired setting as the perfect backdrop for socialising and indulging in lively conversation. Whether you’re catching up with friends over a shared plate of dumplings or toasting to a special occasion with a glass of bubbly, Kanpai offers an experience that is as memorable as it is delicious.

At Kanpai, every detail has been thoughtfully considered to ensure that patrons feel welcomed and well-cared for. From the warm hospitality of our staff to the elegant design of our dining spaces, every aspect of the Kanpai experience is designed to delight the senses and create lasting memories.