Nippon Kitchen

Nippon Kitchen
91 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1PB
  • Telephone 0141 328 3113
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm; Sun 12.30–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu noon–6pm (not December)
  • Pre-theatre price £12
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Nippon Kitchen

This beautiful old bank’s currency is now Japanese food, like bento boxes, sushi, noodles and imported drinks.

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With its stylish venue and good-looking food, Nippon hits the sweet spot between classy and casual. The classic Glaswegian architectural features of the high-ceilinged old bank building clash a little with the restaurant’s Japanese furnishings, such as quirky illustrations, cute sculptures and paper lanterns. Nevertheless, it seems to attract plenty of office workers and shoppers. The massive menu offers oodles of sushi and sashimi, though there is plenty else to choose from such as rice dishes, teppanyaki-grilled meat or seafood, bento boxes or big steaming piles of noodles. Starters include dishes such as skewers of chicken coated in thick, sticky teriyaki sauce, or sweet potatoes and courgettes in tempura batter. For mains, try the fried ramen noodles in a light ginger sauce topped with a whole, crispy duck breast – the lightness of the noodles combine with the rich duck breast and crunchy vegetables to make a delicious combination. The drinks menu deserves shelling out for – the red rice ale is pretty special, the cocktails look stylish, and the Japanese whisky is a must-try for any lover of uisge-beatha.

The List's rating






Erica Goodey visited Nippon Kitchen on 8 February 2019
  • High point: Stylish surroundings, relaxed atmosphere
  • Low point: Some dishes don’t quite hit the peaks
  • Notable dish: Ginger noodles with crispy duck
  • Average price: £12 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu
  • Music on stereo: Chilled but funky house
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2013
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
  • House wine: £19.95 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best Japanese restaurants in Glasgow

17 Apr 2018

From specialist sushi to authentic ramen

Maybe it's the mastery of all things deep-fried, but Glasgow has a burgeoning love affair with Japanese cuisine. Our new section this year is dedicated to the scene, from tiny city centre joints dishing up swift bowls of katsu to ramen specialists…

Q&A: Ken Chin – Nippon Kitchen

27 Oct 2014

Head Chef talks festive food as Christmas approaches

How does your restaurant change in look and atmosphere in December? What effect are you hoping for? You may find some twinkly lights on our bonsai trees and some origami shapes on our Christmas tree but we don't go for the full tinsel and glitter…