This restaurant has ceased trading.
- Telephone 07528 383157
- Opening times Mon–Sat 8am–6pm; Sun 9am–5pm.
- Food served Mon-Thu 10am–6pm; Fri/Sat 10am–9pm; Sun 10am–5pm
- Average price £7.70 (set lunch)
- Website www.artcafe.morita.co.uk
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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
Positioned halfway down the Royal Mile, ArtCafe Morita combines traditional café, Japanese fast food outlet and ambitious gallery space. Proprietor Kozo Hoshino is the custodian of a large private art collection, the Victor Murphy Trust, from which he has plucked a dozen pieces to brighten up the café walls. This fascinating ensemble of intricate paintings and colourful drawings contrasts with a rather plain interior and simple furnishings. In addition to permanent artworks, Kozo is planning seasonal guest exhibits such as a Japanese wood block collection for the Festival in 2012. The fast growing menu of home-cooked Japanese treats includes gyoza, a limited selection of made-to-order sushi and various fried noodle dishes. The lunch time set meal of panko covered chicken with curry sauce is great value at £7.70 (with rice and a very capable miso soup), while an evening takeaway on Fridays and Saturdays offers mini bento boxes of noodles and gyoza from £5. Also watch out for the ochazuke for an authentic Far Eastern snack, a delicate dish of fragrant rice flavoured with green tea and dusted with dried salmon flakes. On the traditional side there are various filled rolls, cakes, fresh Java coffee and even a generous cooked breakfast.
- High point: Kozo and John’s warm welcome and contagious enthusiasm
- Low point: Is haggis sushi a good idea?
We operate as a coffee shop/cafe serving our own menu of items, mostly in the Japanese home cooking style of food. In addition we are developing our own made sushi which initially is makizushi including our own fusion dish, Haggis Makizushi. We now have an Friday/Saturday evening takeaway mini bento of Noodles and Gyoza from 5 pounds.
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- Provides: Children's portions, Outdoor tables
- BYOB: Free corkage (Only after 4pm)
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