441 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3LG
  • Telephone 0141 332 6303
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon-2.30pm; 5–10.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–11.30pm; Sun 5–11pm.
  • Average price £7.95–£10.95 (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
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Nanakusa offers high standards of Japanese cooking with a wide range of dishes at reasonable prices and almost incredibly slick service.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Beyond the bustle of Sauchiehall Street, Nanakusa offers a calm, contemporary setting dedicated to fast service of high standards of Japanese cuisine, also to be found in sister restaurant Nippon Kitchen. Office workers, busy students or time-challenged theatregoers (the King’s and Mitchell Library theatres are around the corner) encounter swift efficient service of the salty, spicy and sweet flavours characteristic of Japanese food. Highlights include grilled yakitori prawns, miso soup salty with seaweed, deliciously sauced chilli noodles with various meats, seafood or yasai vegetable, not to mention sashimi in six varieties with locally sourced salmon leading the pack. There is an inventive range of sushi and temaki – jumbo-sized seaweed-wrapped cones of sushi rice with fillings such as sake salmon or soft-shell crab. Fairly priced lunch and bento boxes provide tasting options, and the reasonably priced if limited wine list includes sakes, and there are Japanese beers on offer, too. Fast food, quality dining and healthy eating rarely come in one package but Nanakusa is the exception that proves the rule.

  • High point: Patient and attentive service
  • Low point: Seating can get a bit uncomfortable
  • Notable dish: Bento E Combo - chicken teriyaki, king prawn and veg tempura, California rolls, sashimi, rice.
  • Private dining: Up to 22 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Capacity: 88
  • Largest group: 60
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6 (plus 3 sakes)
  • House wine: £14.50 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…