44 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QE
  • Telephone 0131 220 5000
  • Seasonal times Open all day during Edinburgh Festival.
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm.
  • Average price £15.50 (lunch); £20 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.tangsgohan.com
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Traditional Japanese restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, frequented by foreign students and tourists.

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If you’re ticking off the tourist sites of Edinburgh and find yourself at Greyfriars Bobby, you’ll likely notice Tang’s, a Japanese restaurant built into a crooked tenement block on one of the city's most historic streets. Once passers-by are enticed in by the generously sized bento boxes and comforting bowls of miso, they’ll find a menu that doesn’t venture too far outside of its comfort zone, offering a selection of conventional Japanese dishes. Large chunks of chicken katsu lack a crispy coating, making chopsticks challenging, but there’s still some good savoury flavours, while pork dumplings are juicy pan-fried meat pockets. Along with the hot dishes, there’s a broad range of sushi and sashimi. Try the ikura (salmon roe) temaki for a taste of Tang’s more adventurous offerings. Though the cooking isn’t reflective of just how exciting Japanese gastronomy can be, it’ll satisfy sushi cravings in a serene setting that’s smack bang in the middle of town.

  • High point: Lovely, helpful staff
  • Low point: More popular with tourists than locals
  • Notable dish: Nessy Roll
  • Delivery: Deliveroo
  • Private dining: Up to 32 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Asian music
  • Capacity: 48
  • Largest group: 48
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £14.95 per bottle