Cooked food is overrated…
Work is underway on a new Edinburgh branch of Japanese restaurant chain YO! Sushi, due to open on Princes Street next month. YO! played a big part in making the fishy foodstuff popular in the UK, but Edinburgh is already home to plenty of authentic sushi restaurants that are worthy of a visit.
They might not have the flashy conveyor belts, but here are some of the best places to eat sushi in Scotland’s capital.
It’s more formal than some of the other restaurants on this list, but nonetheless Kanpai Sushi still has a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. The staff are known for their friendly and accommodating service, and many Edinburgh locals call this the best sushi in the city. Highly praised for their fresh and beautifully presented sushi, Kanpai’s grilled miso aubergine is also a hit with regulars.
8-10 Grindlay Street, EH3 9AS – more info
If you’re planning to eat in at Sushiya you’d be wise to book in advance, as the place is tiny – an unfortunate character trait of most Edinburgh sushi joints. While prices here tend to be fairly high in relation to portion sizes, the restaurant is popular and both the dragon rolls and dumplings receive rave reviews. Service is quick and efficient, and if you can’t find a seat there’s always the option to take away.
19 Dalry Road, EH11 2BQ – more info
Bonsai Japanese bar and bistro has called Scotland’s capital city home for 14 years now, and currently has two premises in Edinburgh. The majority of their menu is dedicated to sushi, alongside a few other cooked Japanese dishes. If you’re a sushi addict on a budget, Bonsai often have money-off deals available online which you can buy in advance to make your cash go further.
46 Richmond Street, EH8 9DZ /14 Broughton Street, EH1 3RH – more info
Located close to the Edinburgh University campus, the cosy Café Andamiro is often packed with students, but don’t let that put you off. Although this restaurant serves both Korean and Japanese dishes, their sushi comes highly recommended and prices are reasonable. Make sure to treat yourself to a slice of home-made green tea roll cake to finish off your Asian dining experience.
113 Buccleuch Street, EH8 9NG – more info
Having only opened last October, Harajuku Kitchen is a relatively new kid on the block, but has been welcomed into the formerly sushi-starved Southside with open arms. The restaurant has some unusual sushi recipes on their menu – including a sweet potato tempura roll – alongside all your old favourites, and offers a set sushi special which is excellent value for money.
10 Gillespie Place, EH10 4HS – more info
Yes Sushi is one of very few Edinburgh sushi establishments that actually has plenty of seating, which gives you a much higher chance of nabbing a table without booking. The restaurant’s central location (just off George Street) is also a plus. Their lunchtime special bento boxes are the perfect size for one, and a great deal money-wise, but if they don’t take your fancy you can choose the sushi you like from an extensive list.
89 Hanover Street, EH2 1EE – more info
Miso & Sushi
If you’re craving sushi from the comfort of your sofa at home, Miso & Sushi are the ones to call. They offer a speedy local delivery service of first class, fresh sushi in large portions. It’s guaranteed to be the most decadent takeaway you’ll ever receive, and we can personally recommend the amazing king prawn tempura roll.
46a Haymarket Terrace, EH12 5LA – more info
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