- Telephone 0131 281 0526
- Food served Mon–Fri noon–3pm, 5–10pm; Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–4pm, 5–9pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri until 6.30pm
- Average price £14.90 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £12.95 for two courses with free plum wine or green tea
- Website www.harajukukitchen.co.uk
Popular Bruntsfield spot for locals seeking a taste of Japan.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The simple, chic, light-wood interiors of Harajuku Kitchen are a world away from the frantic garishness of their namesake Tokyo district, and this is no bad thing: here is a calm, tranquil oasis in Bruntsfield, a popular spot with locals seeking a taste of Japan. Orders are sent out as and when ready, so there’s no starters or mains here: simply a succession of elegant and intriguing flavours and textures. Beef tataki is pinkly rare and pleasingly soused in a sherried citrus ponzu sauce, while the more herbaciously inclined will thrill to the finely textured vegetarian gyoza, which have the gleeful slipperiness of a really great kiddie meal, dipped in a mouth-shrivelling vinegar sauce. Sophisticated, and lovingly arranged beside ginger, soy and wasabi, come fresh assorted sashimi, succulent and boasting a lovely, cool mouth-feel. If you’re a bit faint of heart for raw fish, the vegetarian gourmet maki offers the sweet taste of kanpyo (calabash) and fluffy omelette, wrapped in pearlescent-grained, delicately seasoned rice. If you’ve a cavernous belly, opt for the dashi-broth udon noodle soup: oh my, so umami!
- High point: Lovingly prepared delicate dishes
- Low point: Sashimi portions aren't for those looking to fill their boots
- Notable dish: Vegetarian gyoza
- Delivery: Deliveroo – £2.50 delivery charge, must order £15 or more.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Jazz
- Capacity: 34
- Largest group: 34
- Open since: 2013 November
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4, including plum wine
- House wine: £18 per bottle
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