Harajuku Kitchen

Harajuku Kitchen
10 Gillespie Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HS
  • Telephone 0131 281 0526
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–3pm, 5–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–4pm, 5–9pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
  • Email
  • Website www.harajukukitchen.co.uk
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Harajuku Kitchen

Popular Bruntsfield spot for locals seeking a taste of Japan.

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On a prime corner in Bruntsfield, Harajuku Kitchen serves up vibrant Japanese cuisine to loyal neighbourhood diners. The vibe is laid-back with friendly staff happy to explain the menu and offer up forks to those whose dexterity falls foul of chopsticks. It's a cosy dining room of chunky wooden tables and charming murals, with the daily specials board listing the more intriguing dishes on offer. There's a good cross-section of Japanese cuisine, such as yakisobas and katsu curries, but the main event is certainly the sushi. There are plenty of rolls to choose from, some more interesting than others, but all filled with well-seasoned rice and sustainable, locally sourced fish wherever possible. Thinly sliced sashimi features rich salmon, meaty tuna and tender mackerel, and the takoyaki from the starter menu are tantalising cloud-like balls of goodness, made with fluffy batter and chunks of octopus. Wash it all down with Japanese beer or tea and try the mochi ice-cream or sweet gyoza for pudding.

The List's rating
7.2

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Rachel Kavish Wheatley visited Harajuku Kitchen on 13 January 2019
  • High point: Japanese cuisine to suit all tastes
  • Low point: Slow service when busy
  • Notable dish: Gourmet Futomaki
  • Average price: £12.95 (set lunch); £25 (dinner)
  • 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: Jazz and chilled tunes
  • Capacity: 34
  • Largest group: 34
  • Open since: 2013 November
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £18.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

Q&A: Kaori Simpson – Harajuku 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? 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 Kitchen

25 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…