Popular Bruntsfield spot for locals seeking a taste of Japan.
Compared to the crazed street life and teen culture of Tokyo’s Harajuku district, Bruntsfield may seem a little restrained and grown-up. But banish such thoughts as you enter Harajuku Kitchen where the menu offers a taste of Japan, right down to the choice of sake, local beers and Japanese plum wine. Among starters there are edamame (soy beans in the pod), tonkatsu – a bread-crumbed pork cutlet in a miso sesame sauce, and a toothsomely crunchy (though tiny) kaiso seaweed salad. As you wait – and service can be slow – a Sumo wrestler smiles down from a cartoon mural in the compact, high-ceilinged restaurant. For mains there is sashimi and all manner of sushi to indulge in, from hosomaki to larger futomaki rolls and bara chirashi – a bowl of tangy sushi rice scattered with seafood. A a seaweed-wrapped salmon and avocado temaki tastes slightly bland next to the tempura aubergine curry which is Japanese soul food at its best.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: mellow jazz
- Capacity: 34
- Largest group: 34
- Open since: 2013 November
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- House wine: £18.50 per bottle
Reviews & features
Q&A: Kaori Simpson – Harajuku Kitchen27 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? There's always such a buzz in atmosphere at Harajuku Kitchen in the run up to Christmas. We have a lot of people who book their Christmas parties with…
Food review: Harajuku Kitchen25 Feb 2014
Richard Lumgair and Kaori Simpson's Japanese restaurant goes beyond sushi
When former broadcast journalist turned farmer Richard Lumgair decided he wanted to open a Japanese restaurant, serendipity sent him in the direction of Stockbridge Market stallholder and sushi specialist Kaori Simpson. Their new Bruntsfield venture…