- Telephone 0131 220 5000
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–9.30pm; Sun 12.30–3pm, 5.30–9pm.
- Average price £10.50 (set lunch); £18.95 (evening meal)
- Website www.tangsgohan.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Now into its fifth year, this cosy Old Town venue has established itself firmly in Edinburgh’s growing Japanese scene. There’s a charm to the way chef and owner Qun Tang runs his eponymous restaurant – it’s informal and fun, and popular with students, tourists, and the Japanese community alike. A relatively small but broad-ranging menu of classics includes sushi and sashimi, bento boxes, donburi (rice bowls) and noodle dishes, as well as a regularly changing sake list. Chicken yaki udon, with its thick, slippery noodles and spicy, savoury sauce is a comforting treat, while miso-marinated chunks of cod are richly umami and flake to the touch. There’s care and attention put into the delicately sweet and glutinous sushi rice, but sadly not in its tuna filling, which lacks the gleaming elegance of expertly cut fresh fish. In general, the cooking is more satisfactory than revelatory, but it’s still a prime city-centre option to sate those karaage cravings, and it’s a fun night out.
- High point: A top spot for sake fans
- Low point: Less so for sushi
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- Private dining: Up to 30 covers
- Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Capacity: 48
- Largest group: 48
- Open since: 2007
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle
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