Traditional Japanese restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, frequented by foreign students and tourists.
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 their pork dumplings are moreish juicy pan-fried meat pockets. Along with the hot dishes, there’s a broader range of sushi and sashimi which takes centre stage. 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