Kamei Royale Opening Party in Coal Harbour

Kamei Royale, one of the oldest Japanese restaurants in Vancouver opened in 1972, has been relocated to 1066 West Hastings in Coal Harbour. I was honoured to be invited to their grand opening party on June 23rd to celebrate with Japanese traditions and delicious food.

Over 250 guests were at the venue, enjoying Japanese delicacies such as sushi and oysters, and different types of canapés. Running into a lot of friends and fellow foodies, as well as meeting new friends from different backgrounds and industries, but with the same passion for love of Japanese cuisine.

Kamei Royale's Opening Party
Kamei Royale’s Opening Party
Kamei Royale's Opening Party
Kamei Royale’s Opening Party

For such a special occasions, the guests got to enjoy all kinds of Japanese traditional art performance and entertainment. There was a Sake Breaking Ceremony to bring good fortune to the business, followed by some amazing sake tasting offered by the host.

sake breaking ceremony
sake breaking ceremony

And guests experienced the very first Maguro Kaitai (Japanese Tuna Cutting) in Vancouver, by witnessing the impeccable knife skills of Japanese sushi chefs turning a 100-pound red tuna fish into trays and trays of incredibly tasty Maguro nigiri sushi.

Maguro Kaitai
Maguro Kaitai
Maguro Kaitai
Maguro Kaitai
Maguro Kaitai
Maguro Kaitai

While music performances were keeping the guests entertained including an outdoor Koto and Shakuhachi performance, The Japanese Lion Dance brought the event to another climax.

Koto and Shakuhachi Performance
Koto and Shakuhachi Performance
Japanese Lion Dance
Japanese Lion Dance

The restaurant has opened to the public on June 27 for lunch only (11am – 5pm). And there will be full lunch and dinner services starting on July 5.

Kamei Royale Coal Harbour
Kamei Royale Coal Harbour
Kamei Royale
Kamei Royale
Kamei Royale
Kamei Royale

4 Comments

  1. This is perhaps one of the most epic opening parties I have seen! I’ve visited the old location a couple of times due to its convenient location and found the food to be decent. However, the Maguro Nigiri here looks like a significant step up from what they used to serve. Did they use brown rice for the nigiri? Also, what did you think about the other types of sushi in the third-to-last photo?

    • Picky Diner

      Yah it’s brown rice, which is kind of interesting. I prefer regular sushi rice buy with Maguro of such quality, it really doesn’t matter I suppose. 🙂 The food on that picture is a display of samples. I am curious to find out how it tastes. Which one is your favourite sushi spot in downtown, Raymond? Have you been to Maumi?

      • I’m a big fan of Japanese fusion, so Miku has been my favourite place for sushi for a long time.

        I’ve heard great things about Maumi and have been wanting to try it. I’m just waiting for my new camera to arrive so I can take better photos!

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