- 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
- Average price £12 (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £12
- Website www.nipponrestaurant.co.uk
This stylish city centre Japanese restaurant caters effortlessly for all dining requirements, from the taste thrill-seeker to the vegan minimalist.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Nippon Kitchen, with its minimalist interior and darkly elegant stoneware ceramics, provides a stylish setting for what is a true dining event. The balancing of sweet, salty and piquant is at the heart of Japanese cuisine, with the array of condiments – wasabi, soy sauce, mayonnaise, pickled ginger and vegetables – involving the diner in constructing the final taste combinations. Crunchy panko-crumbed sweet potato patties are offset by a swirl of mayonnaise emulsified in soy sauce with a touch of chilli oil, tempura soft-shell crab is generous, fresh and delectably light, while selecting from the vast sushi range is an intriguing challenge. The salmon yakimono, fresh from the teppan grill, is moist inside a slightly crisp exterior, complemented by an extra-crunchy citrusy salad. For dessert, try the chocolate and wasabi tart, a collaboration with Merchant City café Once Upon a Tart. A knowingly selected drinks list includes a range of Japanese beers, sakes and whiskies that is unparalleled in the city. It is little wonder that the upstairs private dining rooms are increasingly being used by the discriminating for parties, dinners and weddings.
- High point: Sophisticated drinks list with wines and sakes
- Low point: Bento box crowd-pleasers can be a tad salty
- Notable dish: Chocolate and wasabi tart
- Private dining: Up to 40 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Staff selected playlists with wide ranging selection
- Capacity: 90
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle
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Q&A: Ken Chin – Nippon Kitchen27 Oct 2014
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