8–10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AS
  • Telephone 0131 228 1602
  • Opening times Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm & 5–10.30pm; closed Mon & Sun.
  • Food served Tue–Thu noon–2.15pm, 5–10.15pm; Fri noon–2.15pm, 5–10.35pm; Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–10.35pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Email
  • Website kanpaisushiedinburgh.co.uk
Photo of Kanpai
in association with
Birra Moretti

Upscale, but not fancy, sanctuary for sushi lovers offering some of the city's best Japanese food.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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It's on a quiet street with an unassuming exterior, but there’s little need for fanfare to draw custom to this well-established sushi shrine. After years at the top, quality shows no signs of dipping and Kanapi continues to be marked out as one of the city’s best sushi spots. There’s nothing showy about the menu but chefs are serious about their craft; each immaculate plate of traditional sushi served on simple glazed earthenware promises clean flavours and shows beautiful presentation. Classics like tataki beef and wakame seaweed salad are perfectly executed. More unusual dishes like delicate snow crab vulcan offer a subtle balance of citrus ponzu and smoky bonito with a pleasing combination of textures. But this is a sushi-led menu and for purists the sashimi is hard to beat, especially with market specials offering some less common fish not often seen in the city.

The List's rating






Catriona Crawford visited Kanpai on 16 January 2019
  • High point: Pristine plates and sublime sashimi
  • Low point: It's somewhat cool - take a jumper
  • Notable dish: Exquisite sashimi platters
  • Average price: £25 (lunch); £30 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 8 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Contemporary Japanese music
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 24
  • Open since: 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £21 per bottle