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Have a hankering for sushi? Edinburgh is home to some great choices as far as this Japanese favourite is concerned. Perfect for nights out with friends, date nights or a quick lunch break from work, sushi continues to grow in popularity - and for good reason! The combination of fish, rice, vegetables and tender seaweed wrappers is a winner, and many of Edinburgh’s sushi restaurants are also branching out on traditional favourites, coming up with an array of fillings that everyone will enjoy. Want to try them for yourself? Read on, for the best sushi Edinburgh has to offer...
We definitely advise booking a table at Sushiya: it’s a tiny place with just 22 seats, and they’re often all full. We love the fact that you can see the fish in the chiller cabinet separating the dining room from the open plan kitchen - and you’ll be amazed at how quickly and expertly the chefs work. The sushi menu is packed full of the classics, including sushi sets for a selection of items to try. It’s all beautifully presented - almost too pretty to eat! - with a great choice of fillings: try the dragon rolls, filled with avocado, cucumber and beautifully crispy king prawns in tempura batter.
Sushiya, 19 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2BQ
For a real experience at Kanpai Sushi, grab a seat at the counter, directly in front of the chefs, and admire their expertise up close! Modern in its decor but traditional in its style, Kanpai Sushi is a great choice for its food, service and atmosphere alike. If you’re not sure what to choose, you’ll be pleased to know there are pictures next to the items on the menu to help you decide. We love the fact that there are contemporary fusion choices alongside the classics: sushi options such as salmon panko maki rolls, and the beautiful Tokyo rolls: larger sushi rolls packed with tender deep fried breaded chicken and avocado.
Kanpai Sushi, 8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AS
Not far from the Castle on Bread Street you’ll find Bentoya: a self-styled “Japanese fusion” restaurant. It’s not a big place, but it has a bright and airy feel, with friendly staff and a menu that is based on Japanese cuisine but takes its influences from all over the globe. There’s plenty of vegetarian options on the menu, including in their “sushi sets” which offer a taste of some of their most popular dishes. If you’re looking to try something new, we can’t get enough of their crazy salmon roll: eight avocado, asparagus and cucumber rolls, all topped with spicy tuna, spring onion, mayo, sesame and crispy, crunchy tempura flakes. Beautiful.
Bentoya, 13 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AL
Just off The Meadows is the beautiful Harajuku Kitchen: a stunning restaurant in a Georgian building that combines top notch Japanese food with classic British design. A higher end sushi option, these guys have an AA Rosette, and it’s definitely deserved. Their sushi is a work of art - precise, delicate and artistic, and packed full of flavour too. Try their beautiful hand rolls (the sweet potato tempura version is a winner in our book), or, for something a little different, the chirashi sushi: an expertly sliced selection of sashimi, served on a bed of sushi rice.
Harajuku Kitchen, 10 Gillespie Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HS
It’s sushi with a view at Bonsai Bar Bistro! This informal, relaxed Japanese restaurant is quite cosy inside, but also offers a terrace out the front, with a great view of Arthur’s Seat. We love the fact that you can see the kitchen from the dining room - and that they have a loyalty card scheme too, which (along with the fantastic food) keeps the regulars coming back! As well as the traditional favourite sushi options, you’ll find some more inventive choices on offer too: we love the cherry blossom roll (an inside out roll with sweet egg, salmon and avocado), and their crispy salmon skin and avocado maki are well worth a try, the salty, crispy fish skin and the creamy avocado are a winning combination.
Bonsai Bar Bistro, 46 Richmond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DZ
The West Richmond Street branch of Maki & Ramen was their first in Edinburgh - there are now two others on Nicolson Street and Fountainbridge. As the name suggests, they’re known for both sushi and noodles - and they’re both amazing. There’s a huge amount of choice on the sushi menu, including choices that are more “fusion” than traditional Japanese: think garlic and herb prawn nigiri, a BBQ eel and cucumber roll, and more. Choose one of their great value sushi sets if making a choice is tough, and enjoy all the green tea and water you can drink - it’s on the house.
Maki & Ramen, 13 West Richmond Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9EF
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