The History of Kamei Royale
January 30, 2022
This year is the 50th anniversary of Kamei Royale Japanese Restaurant.
Kamei Royale originated from Kamei Sushi from Tsukiji, the largest fishing market in the world for hundreds of years.
Delivering a restaurant with a history well over 150 years from Tsukiji to Vancouver wasn’t an easy task. We were not interested in simply bringing its name. We need to replicate the experience. And to do so, we brought professional chefs and servers from Japan raising the bar for Japanese cuisine in BC.
In fact, Kamei Royale offered the most jobs and visas to Japanese and has contributed to expanding not only Japanese cuisine but culture in BC. We have collaborated with many growing Japanese industries and became the pioneer of Japanese cultural expansion here.
Our founder, Toshiaki Masuda first opened his company Vancouver Holdings Ltd. in 1956 and expanded from here. And the year he opened Kamei Royale Japanese Restaurant’s doors was 1972 making this year (2022) our 50th anniversary. We are officially the longest-running Japanese restaurant in BC and the only remaining Japanese restaurant starter. The image is the emblem that Vancouver City sent to us in 2006 for being one of the longest-running businesses making this year the 66th anniversary!
We weren’t sure if it was us who was successful in catching the heart of the people in BC or simply people of BC needed something different. Perhaps both. Our restaurant became successful immediately with having the longest lineup Vancouver ever experienced. We literally had several blocks of customers lining up waiting to enjoy our service. And we were so honored that we were welcomed by the friendly guests of BC.
After hundreds of our prior staff departed and opened their own business, the Japanese restaurant became the most abundant cuisine in Vancouver. Expanding from BC, Japanese restaurants have flourished in Toronto and other provinces. We even have staff who opened their business in the United States and we are proud of them!
Today, Kamei Royale Japanese Restaurant is located at 1066 West Hastings Street, Vancouver within Oceanic Plaza in the Coal Harbor area. Known as the first and currently, the only restaurant where the servers wear the traditional Japanese Kimono, our crew is looking forward to welcoming our guests with dishes decorated with traditional and fusion Japanese cuisines by our experienced chefs.