Kaiyo Japanese Restaurant

★★★★★

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Sushi in Campaign-Urbana is generally mediocre and expensive. Kaiyo is the exception. The fish is fresh, the preparation excellent, and all you can eat for less than $20. It's just amazing. In fact, it's now our favorite restaiurant of any type in town. Do yourself a favor: go!

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Sushi in Campaign-Urbana is generally mediocre and expensive. Kaiyo is the exception. The fish is fresh, the preparation excellent, and all you can eat for less than $20. It's just amazing. In fact, it's now our favorite restaiurant of any type in town. Do yourself a favor: go!

Pros: Fresh sushi, much varall you can eat, ridiculously low price

Cons: None

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i wrote this review a few days ago:

I don't give out 5-stars lightly. Be advised!

My wife and I have been here twice, sort of. The first time was last Friday. Unfortunately, we were a few minutes too late for Lunch, so we can't really count this trip, except that we did see crab and shrimp on the lunch buffet, along with what looked like really good sushi.

We went back the next day (last Saturday). OMG, was this delicious! This is one of the best values in the area.

First, the iced seafood. The shrimp were good-sized and not the peel-and-eat stuff that's almost more trouble than it's worth. No, this was cleaned and de-veined, and good sized (two bites per). There were two kinds of crab. The Snow Crab legs were perfectly cooked, sweet, and delightful. The second kind of crab (wish I'd asked the variety) were even better! All was amazingly fresh.

It is such a luxury to be able to sample so many kinds of sushi at a single meal. Sushi included several varieties of nigiri, many maki, and several sashimi. Everything was fresh, clean, and delicious. A few of the maki were what one can find any number of places, but most were very creative combinations. Some included fruit (mango). Several different sauces were used, matching nicely with the rolls with which they were served. Sashimi included a couple kinds of tuna (including white tuna), salmon, etc. One item was a delicate white fish (perhaps flounder) wrapped around either cucumber match-sticks or radish sprouts, and topped with a drop of a sweet, salty, fruity, plummy jam -- Wow!

There was also a plate of slices of white tuna and lemons with ponzu sauce that was delicious. (I would have eaten the lemons along with the fish if the slices had been a bit thinner.)

We really liked being able to have a good selection of low-carb (no rice) sashimi and maki. As we talked with the manager at the end of our meal, we learned that the chefs take requests, and can accommodate various dietary restrictions.

I stuck with shrimp, crab, crab, maki, and sashimi, but the nigiri looked really good, with nice large pieces of seafood hanging over each end of the rice. Also on the buffet were delicious asparagus, seaweed salad, crab salad, wasabi, and pickled ginger.

Miso soup was quite tasty. We ordered shrimp tempura appetizer off the menu, which had a delightful crisp panko breadcrumb batter. Although the menu pictures vegetables, they are not ordinarily included in the appetizer. Nevertheless, the waitress brought it out with two asparagus spears and two florets of broccoli in a more typical tempura batter.

While we ate, someone came around with chunks of perfectly cooked steak on skewers (similar to one of the menu items), reminding me more of a Brazilian steakhouse than a Japanese restaurant. We don't know whether this is something they always do or something they were doing because they are so new.

Deserts on the buffet included a couple of kinds of fruit and a couple of pastries. I don't go to Japanese restaurants for their deserts.

Our only quibbles: 1) The soup should have been warmer, but the server was eager to fix it. 2) I found that my height, the lighting, and glass above the buffet items conspired to make it easier to see glare from the light than the items it was illuminating.

We will be going back here a lot

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★★★★★

i wrote this review a few days ago:

I don't give out 5-stars lightly. Be advised!

My wife and I have been here twice, sort of. The first time was last Friday. Unfortunately, we were a few minutes too late for Lunch, so we can't really count this trip, except that we did see crab and shrimp on the lunch buffet, along with what looked like really good sushi.

We went back the next day (last Saturday). OMG, was this delicious! This is one of the best values in the area.

First, the iced seafood. The shrimp were good-sized and not the peel-and-eat stuff that's almost more trouble than it's worth. No, this was cleaned and de-veined, and good sized (two bites per). There were two kinds of crab. The Snow Crab legs were perfectly cooked, sweet, and delightful. The second kind of crab (wish I'd asked the variety) were even better! All was amazingly fresh.

It is such a luxury to be able to sample so many kinds of sushi at a single meal. Sushi included several varieties of nigiri, many maki, and several sashimi. Everything was fresh, clean, and delicious. A few of the maki were what one can find any number of places, but most were very creative combinations. Some included fruit (mango). Several different sauces were used, matching nicely with the rolls with which they were served. Sashimi included a couple kinds of tuna (including white tuna), salmon, etc. One item was a delicate white fish (perhaps flounder) wrapped around either cucumber match-sticks or radish sprouts, and topped with a drop of a sweet, salty, fruity, plummy jam -- Wow!

There was also a plate of slices of white tuna and lemons with ponzu sauce that was delicious. (I would have eaten the lemons along with the fish if the slices had been a bit thinner.)

We really liked being able to have a good selection of low-carb (no rice) sashimi and maki. As we talked with the manager at the end of our meal, we learned that the chefs take requests, and can accommodate various dietary restrictions.

I stuck with shrimp, crab, crab, maki, and sashimi, but the nigiri looked really good, with nice large pieces of seafood hanging over each end of the rice. Also on the buffet were delicious asparagus, seaweed salad, crab salad, wasabi, and pickled ginger.

Miso soup was quite tasty. We ordered shrimp tempura appetizer off the menu, which had a delightful crisp panko breadcrumb batter. Although the menu pictures vegetables, they are not ordinarily included in the appetizer. Nevertheless, the waitress brought it out with two asparagus spears and two florets of broccoli in a more typical tempura batter.

While we ate, someone came around with chunks of perfectly cooked steak on skewers (similar to one of the menu items), reminding me more of a Brazilian steakhouse than a Japanese restaurant. We don't know whether this is something they always do or something they were doing because they are so new.

Deserts on the buffet included a couple of kinds of fruit and a couple of pastries. I don't go to Japanese restaurants for their deserts.

Our only quibbles: 1) The soup should have been warmer, but the server was eager to fix it. 2) I found that my height, the lighting, and glass above the buffet items conspired to make it easier to see glare from the light than the items it was illuminating.

We will be going back here a lot

 

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