Clean, crisp, traditional Japanese cuisine in a minimalist canteen setting.
'Hanami' means the tradition of watching flowers in blossom. The Finnieston expression is the latest branch of Cailin Jiang’s culinary tree, and while just as enjoyable, should prove less ephemeral. The minimal interior is like a grown-up version of sibling Little Canteen across the road. There’s sashimi, with the market fish selection almost spartan in its palate-cleansing freshness, matched with salty dipping sauce. Salmon and tuna arrive in slices cut with surgical precision, delicately adorned with a carved vegetable flower. All of the dishes are defined by the pure, harmonious taste of excellent Japanese cuisine. In fact, two courses in, it’s as if the stomach were full of purified air and nothing more. There’s further refinement on display in the soft fillings of gyoza and tempura in impeccably seasoned batter. It’s all as crisp as a Kyoto mountainside and just as refreshing. Complementing the flawless kitchen offerings are a range of plum wines and sake that pair beautifully with the fish. It’s hard not to wish for more, but better to savour them as you would admire the first cherry blossom of spring: in quiet, contented reflection.
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- Provides: Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Largest group: 8
- Open since: 2019
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £19 per bottle