Nanakusa

Nanakusa
441 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3LG
  • Telephone 0141 332 6303
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 5-9.30pm, Fri/Sat noon–10.30pm; Sun 5-9.30pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.nanakusa.co.uk
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Nanakusa

Sauchiehall Street staple serving noodles, rice dishes, sushi and other Japanese favourites at fair prices since 2007.

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With its high ceiling covered in graceful cornicing, Nanakusa is Glaswegian up top, but Japanese down below, with huge fluorescent lights cycling through oranges, pinks, greens and blues, and hibachi tables where you can sizzle your mizzle (grill your meal). The noughties interior might make hipsters sniff, but that doesn’t seem to put off the relatively young crowd who frequent the place. Starters are mainly deep-fried morsels, like vegetable tempura and chicken gyozas, or the more exotic takoyaki (octopus snacks) or soft-shell crabs. However, there’s also plenty of good sushi and sashimi on offer. Try the Philadelphia for a Western take on a Japanese classic – the soft cheese, fresh salmon and cucumber make it refreshing and moreish. There are plenty of noodles and rice dishes available, too, such as amai udon – a pile of fat noodles swamped in a thick, slightly bitter-sweet sauce with prawns and the saving grace of gloriously golden, hot, molten chunks of tofu. For dessert, the banana tempura may well be a glorified fritter served with a mound of squirty cream, but goodness, it’s great.

The List's rating
5.4

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Erica Goodey visited Nanakusa on 2 February 2019
  • High point: One of Sauchiehall Street’s better offerings
  • Low point: Not what it once was
  • Notable dish: Philadelphia maki with salmon, cucumber, cream cheese and kanpyo
  • Average price: £10 (set lunch); £14 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs
  • Capacity: 88
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £17.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

Nanakusa

28 Feb 2008

There’s no such thing as a Japanese restaurant. So David Wan concluded during a fact-finding mission to the Far East last year – just as he was planning to open up such an establishment in Glasgow. There was no shortage of specialist bars selling sushi…