Taiwan is home to the best street food markets in the world. From the infamous night markets of Raohe to Shihlin in the bustling streets of Taipei, culture and food enthusiasts flock to take in the sights, sounds, smells and flavours. A melting pot of culinary delights derived from historical Taiwanese influences of Japan and regions of Mainland China, the likes of Fujian province and Hakka-style, the markets are a landing spot for the ultimate epicurean mash-up. At Kanpai, we deliver the same flavours to the historical neighbourhood of Cabbagetown in downtown Toronto, one of the most exciting cities in the world.
With a diverse and talented partnership team including expert Taiwanese food curators, the Kanpai experience is an authentic transport reminiscent of being in Taiwan. Offering a menu laden with exciting XIAOCHI or “cheap snacks” from wok-fried delights to infamous family-style fried chicken dinners, the Kanpai experience is unique and first of its kind in Toronto. Along with the exciting food are the other key components that complete the ultimate experience. Hip cocktailing and locally-sourced libations from craft beer, to sake and even classic cocktails on tap are a perfect marriage with our fun and tasty menu.
And our space, a modern, refreshing and welcoming environment emblazoned with décor accents carefully composed using a mix of ultra-chic, reclaimed materials and design effects, brought together by our friends from Green Tangerine Deign. And what of the name “Kanpai?” Translated from the ever-present Japanese influence as “Bottoms Up” and Putonghua or Mandarin term “Gan Bei”… well, mix in a healthy dose of our chronic addiction of old school hip hop and we’ve got a perfect recipe for pure fun.
Our people, our food, our drinks, our neighbourhood. When Taipei meets Toronto, Kanpai happens. Eat often, eat well and wash it down with something good.