No 1 Sushi Bar
- Telephone 0131 229 6880
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm. Closed
- Average price £14.50 nigiri set with soup, £12.50 maki set with soup (set lunch); £22.90 (20 pieces sashimi with soup)
- Website www.no1sushibar.co.uk
Reliable, friendly local sushi joint a stone's throw from the Cameo Cinema and King's Theatre.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Just across the road from the Cameo Cinema, No 1 Sushi would make for happy pre-screening nosh if you’re looking for something light but bolstering. Its environs are clean and a shade utilitarian, but offset by the bright, colourful range of sushi on offer. Miso soup offers a warm, restorative start, the cloudy broth good and umami. Vegetarian dumplings offer a piping bean curd, onion and cabbage filling in a light, lovely wrapping (too many dumplings fall prey to chewy casings, but not these bad boys). They’re delightful dipped in an intensely salty, smoky and piquant sour sauce. Sashimi comes thinly sliced and delicate, albeit a bit too cold for optimal taste. Salmon and avocado maki are toothsome morsels – the rice is well seasoned and cooked, with individual grains apparent on the tongue rather than the homogenised mush of supermarket sushi. If you’re of the inclination to make sushi a little less virtuous, the Tokyo roll boasts golden breaded chicken and lashings of mayonnaise on top. It’s likely a Westernised bastardisation, to be sure, but damn fine all the same.
- High point: The sushi rice is a standout
- Low point: Sashimi comes too cold
- Notable dish: Miso soup
- Delivery: £2–£3.50 depending on location
- Private dining: Whole restaurant
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Japanese pop music
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 70- (can add extra tables)
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £14.99 per bottle
- BYOB: £7 corkage (BYOB only on request)
Reviews & features
Eat - No 1 Sushi Bar17 Jan 2008
THE MEAL Stories of fine Scottish wild salmon being caught, frozen and flown to high end restaurants in Japan are closer to the truth than you might think. Why then does sushi remain such niche cuisine in this country? In Scotland, Japanese…