Before a concert at The Phoenix, my friends and I hit up Kanpai snack bar. The menu is full of music and pop culture puns. For example these deliciously crunchy chicken skins were named Player Hater.
Deep Fried Goldmember was calamari with a sweet house sauce.
To drink I had an Ooh Long Island Iced Tea containing a well-balanced mixture of absolut vodka, havana anejo blanco rum, tromba blanco tequila, beefeater, house-steeped oolong tea, fresh lemon juice, basil syrup.
I also had the Silky Johnson which was a peach-filled concoction of wyborowa wodka, muddled fruit, peche de vin, peach jelly sake, lemon juice, honey.
We came mostly for desserts and ordered all of them.
The Round the Way Girl was a delicious molten cake with a nori seaweed dust that provided an interesting saltiness.
The Wao Bao was a deep fried donut thing served with spicy nutella and a pop-rock sauce.
These Ping Pong Beignets were made of sweet potato and sprinkled with sesame seed.
The Let Your Backbone Slide were sesame mochi with fruit compote and peanuts. It was delicious.
If you want a place to have snacks before a concert this is the perfect place to go, but I recommend scheduling it in advance as the food takes a bit of time if the restaurant is full.