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Turning Japanese in Edinburgh

Harajuku Kitchen started life as a street food stall, soon becoming a fixture at Edinburgh’s foodie fairs, farmers markets and other outdoor events. A few months ago, the team decided to set up shop in a permanent location near The Meadows.

Their bistro serves a range of tasty bites and the sushi box sets certainly got the thumbs-up from Scotsman reviewer Gaby Soutar, who said the nigiri were some of the best she’d eaten.

Looking for a more stylish environment? At the other end of the scale there’s Kanpai  Sushi, on Grindlay Street, the perfect place to impress a sushi connoisseur with the likes of crunchy salmon panko maki or takoyaki – aka octopus balls. Offering a choice of seating areas, with cosy tables for two, a private dining area for eight and sushi bar seating, which allows you to watch the chefs assemble their artful creations, Kanpai is a sister restaurant to Sushiya, which has become a genuine Edinburgh legend.

Hidden behind a bus stop in the Haymarket area, this tiny restaurant is always packed, creating a real buzz. It’s arguably Edinburgh’s original sushi joint and well worth a visit.

In the New Town, why not combine your sushi experience with a spot of shopping by visiting Yo!Sushi, situated on the Fourth Floor or Harvey Nichols. If you’re not into chain restaurants, try Rose Street’s Oishii, Yes Sushi on Hanover Street or Bonsai on Broughton Street. You’ll be spoilt for choice!