Japanese food in stylish surrounds, hidden down a lane just off Rose Street.
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.
- 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