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–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5.30–9.30pm; Sat/Sun noon–8.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Until 7.30pm
  • Average price £8.50 for bento box, available until 7.30pm (set lunch); £18.95 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £8.50 (soup & bento)
  • Email
  • Website www.hakatayauk.com
Photo of Hakataya
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Birra Moretti

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

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Keep your eyes peeled for Hakataya: this Japanese restaurant is hidden in plain sight down a side lane off Rose Street, and if you’re a fan of food from the land of the rising sun, to miss it would be missing a trick. Handsomely appointed, with cosy tables and a bright mural featuring Mount Fuji on the wall, it’s a pleasing getaway in the heart of the city, offering an expertly select choice of ramen, sushi and yakitori. The fairly priced bento box offers cloudy, warming miso, sticky rice, and tempura vegetables. The batter on the veggies is thicker than customary but crunchily delicious all the same. The ramen has a rightful reputation as some of Edinburgh’s finest, with an intricately flavoured broth that’s not too salty. Tonkotsu ramen comes crowned with soft, yielding slabs of char siu pork. Sashimi is simply done but perfect: salmon squishy, vibrantly pink and unctuous to taste, tuna so fresh it dissolves on the tongue, everything at peak temperature, though starkly tiny portions of each mean these are fleeting delights.

  • High point: Seriously fresh sashimi
  • Low point: £6 for a bottle of beer feels cheeky at best
  • Notable dish: Tonkotsu ramen
  • Delivery: Deliveroo – £2.50
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: No music on stereo
  • Capacity: 25
  • Largest group: 16
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £14.95 per bottle