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
Photo of Nanakusa

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

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2018/19 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £7.95 (+p&p).

Situated on Sauchiehall Street in a prime spot for attracting gig and pub goers, Nanakusa (which refers to the seven wild herbs of spring, in case you are wondering) is best suited for a quick bite before a night out rather than a lingering meal, but is still a pleasant place to enjoy some authentic Japanese food. The interior of the restaurant is an eye-catching mixture of old and new with rows of wooden benches and huge wall panels of changing lights juxtaposed with an elaborately corniced ceiling. Each dish on the extensive menu is illustrated with rather badly lit photos which don’t do the cooking justice at all. There is a wide selection of starters, from grilled prawn cake with seven-spiced salt to silky smooth fried tofu served with spring onion, tempura sauce and Japanese seaweed. As well as sushi, for mains there is a good choice of rice and noodles dishes, with the ginger chicken udon being a particular stand-out dish. To finish, try the black sesame seed ice-cream which has a lovely, velvety consistency.

The List's rating






Emily Henderson visited Nanakusa on 17 January 2018
  • High point: Bargain bento box lunch deals
  • Low point: Photos of food on menu unappealing
  • Notable dish: Cold soba noodles with seaweed, spring onions and homemade sauce
  • 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


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…