120–122 Rose Street South Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 4BB
  • Telephone 0131 629 3320
  • Opening times Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm & 6–9.30pm; Sat & Sun noon–9.30pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–9.30pm; Sun 12.30–8pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.hakatayauk.com
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Japanese food in stylish surrounds, hidden down a lane just off Rose Street.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Down a cobbled side street off Rose Street (between Charlotte Square and Castle Street), stumbling across this sushi and noodle bar feels like a real treat. Run by the same people behind Tang’s, Hakataya is its compact little brother. It’s a small, stylish room with dimmed lighting, kitted out with low-hanging bronze light fittings and geometric shelving showing off some of the tasteful matcha tea cups and ramen bowls that area also for sale. The hell ramen is intensely rich, a deliciously salty broth with pork belly and a boiled egg on top while scallop sashimi and prawn tempura maki score highly too. Service can be a little patchy but the selection of Japanese spirits and beers help pass the time. Finish the meal with a dram of Nikka whisky or a smooth, clean shot of shochu (a distilled alcohol made from sweet potato) served on the rocks or, more traditionally, with a little hot water. Their lunch deals are also good value, giving local workers a quick taste of Tokyo life on their lunch hour.

The List's rating






Claire Sawers visited Hakataya on 12 February 2018
  • High point: Cosy atmosphere, delicious flavours
  • Low point: Occasionally running out of supplies on busy nights
  • Notable dish: Rainbow roll sushi platter
  • Average price: £8.50 (soup & bento); £18 (dinner)
  • Delivery: ask for details
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 25
  • Largest group: 16
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £15 per bottle
  • BYOB: