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, 6–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun 12.30–10pm.
  • Average price £26 (lunch); £26 (evening meal)
  • Website www.tangsgohan.com
in association with
Birra Moretti

Traditional Japanese restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, frequented by foreign students and tourists.

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In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, Tang's is a traditional Japanese restaurant with views of Greyfriars Bobby from its first floor window. Over the years, it has become a destination for foreign students and tourists looking for a hearty bowl of ramen after pounding the city streets and the exhibitions at the nearby museum. Spread across two floors, the unfussy interior reflects a simple, pared-back aesthetic with one exception – the rather eye-catching bamboo wallpaper. Agedashi tofu arrives crisp and golden, floating in a rich, sweet and salty broth with sparks of seaweed and spring onions. The curdy centre is creamy and yielding. As the crust soaks up the moisture from the soup, the coating takes on a pleasing sticky spider-web quality. Nasu miso (fried aubergine with miso sauce) is charred and softly textured, the sharp salty miso providing a perfect foil for the rich oily flesh. Pork katsu don sees plump rice, fried onions and egg topped off with a deep-fried pork cutlet delivering a substantial, flavoursome dish.

  • High point: Katsu don portions big enough to sustain pre-exam cramming
  • Low point: A chilly space in the winter months
  • Notable dish: Agedashi tofu
  • Private dining: Up to 32 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classical piano
  • Capacity: 48
  • Largest group: 48
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £14.95 per bottle