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Looking for the best sushi in Edinburgh for your nigiri fix? Whether you are salivating for sashimi or your mind is on maki, this guide details Edinburgh’s top Japanese restaurants that serve sushi platters. We’ve also identified where to get sushi take away and delivery.
- Japanese Restaurants with the Best Sushi in Edinburgh
- City Centre Sushi Restaurants
- Kanpai For Addictive Hand Rolls
- Umai For Anime Fans
- Hakata-ya For Sushi and Cocktails
- Shinsen Sushi For Temaki and Tunes
- YO! Sushi For Families Looking to Intro Sushi to Kids
- Southside Sushi Restaurants in Edinburgh
- Koyama For Quick Service Sushi and Bento Boxes
- Harajuku Kitchen a For Trendy Setting and Award-Winning Food
- Soul Sushi For Delivery and Take Out or Cheap Sushi
Japanese Restaurants with the Best Sushi in Edinburgh
A quick handy tip, regardless of coriander not being seen anywhere near a dish in Japan, it sneakily appears as garnish in many Edinburgh Japanese bowls and plates so if you are in hate camp for this divisive herb, be sure to let your server know when you order from the menu.
As it is in Japan, everyone has their own favourite sushi and ramen spots.
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City Centre Sushi Restaurants
Kanpai For Addictive Hand Rolls
I think about the hand rolls at Kanpai often and can’t convince myself to stray away from them during visits.
The multi award-winning Kanpai (8-10 Grindlay Street) is a very attractive Japanese restaurant just off busy Lothian Road making in ideal place for date night or special occasions.
The staff are friendly and clearly like their job and Japanese food so if you need help choosing from the menu, just ask.
The food menu includes melt in your mouth temaki hand rolls, nigiri, grilled nigiri, maki sushi, roll sushi, sashimi, tempura, teppan (iron griddle), soups, seaweed and specials.
The extensive drinks menu offers cold, warm, hot, bottled and canned sake as well as shochu/whisky.
Or, if you prefer something fancier, Japanese twists on the classic cocktails.
A selection of Japanese beers and IPAs and European wine are also available.
Soft drinks include mocktails, fizzy drinks and tea.
Remember to say Kanpai which means ‘bottoms up’.
Umai For Anime Fans
The space is light with simple wooden tables and exposed brick.
Tables for two are located at the back of the restaurants close to the open kitchen and bigger tables are set out near the bar at the front.
The menu includes traditional sushi as well as new sushi ideas, gyoza, katsu and ramen.
Drinks include the usual tea, soft drinks, sake, beer, wine and classic cocktails.
Umai does takeaway sushi and other dishes.
If dining in and looking for things to do around the area, Umai is two minutes from the Johnnie Walker Experience and variety of pubs such as The Green Room with its extensive wine list and Teuchters for whisky on William Street.
Over the road from the sushi joint you’ll find the beer garden, Indigo Yard and the laidback Foundry Project.
The West End is an upmarket neighbourhood so if you like to play ‘guess the house price’ you’ll enjoy a stroll through the Georgian Houses.
Look out for the fall decor in autumn.
Two minutes away from Umai heading over Princes Street is Lothian Road, home to a number of fun pubs such as Red Squirrel, NQ64 and The Hanging Bat which features in our beer trail guide.
Alternatively, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is just over Dean Bridge.
Hakata-ya For Sushi and Cocktails
Blink and you’ll miss the turn off for this hidden gem of a Japanese restaurant in Edinburgh.
Located just off Rose Street (22 Rose St S Lane), this central sushi bar is a great laid back option for a date or demolishing sushi platters with friends.
I went for sushi with my friend Amanda and she’s already taken her partner back for more.
Hakata-ya is named after Hakata-Tonkotsu Ramen, the dish chef Tang-Qun learned to make in Japan.
Serving authentic Japanese recipes from Fukuoka since 2007, this is a lesser-known sushi spot, which is a surprise to us as the staff are friendly, the atmosphere is welcoming and the food is tasty.
Chef Tang’s menu comprises of handcrafted sushi using fresh Scottish ingredients where feasible.
In addition to sushi, Hakata-ya also serves Osaka famous Takoyaki balls, reliable ramen and bento boxes.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth you might want to try the match crème brûlée or mochi ice.
The drinks menu offers soft drinks, tea, beer, wine and bespoke cocktails.
Hakata-ya has a food delivery service as well as party catering.
Shinsen Sushi For Temaki and Tunes
Whoever curates the playlist at Shinsen Sushi deserves a pay increase!
This tiny sushi joint in Edinburgh is located down the cool yet often forgotten about Broughton Street (43).
Sushi is served on cool slate platter plates or you can take out from the well stocked fridge.
The seaweed starter is a nice addition.
Go for the sashimi plate if you want a bit of everything or are trying raw fish for the first time.
Choose for the rainbow roll for a meaty feast of fish.
I re-ordered the same hand roll (salmon and avocado) which speaks for itself.
YO! Sushi For Families Looking to Intro Sushi to Kids
At Everything Edinburgh we tend to avoid promoting chains but YO! Sushi is a gateway to Japanese food for many so it features in our sushi guide.
YO! Sushi (First Floor, 78 Princes Street) in Edinburgh is tucked away upstairs on Princes Street, which makes it very easy to walk past.
Its window seats have a lovely views over to Prince Street Gardens.
Sushi is taken from a conveyor belt so it is similar to the very popular sushi train restaurant in Tokyo, Genki Sushi.
Food is placed on the belt in colourful, space-like bowls, a fun option for introducing kids to this style of dining and food.
If solitary sushi sounds appealing, YO! Sushi offers a digital service where you can book a table using your phone then order and pay online too.
YO! sticks to the classics sushi dishes – temaki, maki and inari and has a selection of hot options such as teriyaki, katsu and Japanese fried chicken…
YO! Sushi attracts a young crowd so if you’re looking for something more intimate consider Kanpai above instead or use the YO! To Go takeout and delivery service.
Southside Sushi Restaurants in Edinburgh
Koyama For Quick Service Sushi and Bento Boxes
Koyama (20 Forrest Road) is in a great location sandwiched between George IV Bridge and part of Edinburgh University’s campus at Teviot.
Its chef has over a decade of experience in the kitchen and serves up popular bento boxes which include sushi, sushi platters, rice boxes and noodle dishes.
The menu also includes hot and cold meals, soups, salads, gyoza, teppanyaki and hot pots.
Decor is simple as the real focus is on the food which is served efficiently in dish ware imported from Japan.
Takeaway sushi can be ordered from Koyama.
Harajuku Kitchen a For Trendy Setting and Award-Winning Food
Harajuku Kitchen (10 Gillespie Place) is an award-winning Edinburgh Japanese restaurant in Bruntsfield close to Lothian Road and the Meadows.
Its second venue is an attractive and container outside of St James Quarter in the City Centre selling burritos, yakisoba noodles and karage chicken.
Harajuku Kitchen menu features dishes that have been passed down for three generations and uses produce bought locally.
The owner, Kaori, wanted to continue the family tradition that her grandfather started by opening a restaurant with authentic Japanese food.
Kaori learnt how to run a kitchen during an internship at Michelin-starred The Kitchin in Leith and opened Harajuku in 2009.
The sushi list is extensive including nigiri, futomaki (sushi roll), hosomaki (thinner roll) and buri maki (yellowtail).
Sushi poke bowls also make an appearance.
Vegetable, vegan and gluten free options available.
Harajuku Kitchen does sushi delivery and outside catering for parties and special events.
You might also see them pop up at food markets such as the Stockbridge Farmers’ Market on a Sunday.
Morningside is a 20 minute walk where you’ll find cafes such as Salt Cafe or Momo if you have space for cake.
Check out what’s on at The Dominion cinema or browse the labels at the second hand shops.
Soul Sushi For Delivery and Take Out or Cheap Sushi
Soul Sushi (126 Nicolson Street) can be found in the studenty Newington area of the city where you are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to Asian cuisine.
It focuses on fresh sushi made daily which is picked up via delivery or in a ‘grab and go’ box.
One of the pros of Soul Sushi is that they offer mixed boxes so you’re not stuck with eight of the same rolls, unless you want that!
The simple menu also includes poke bowls, platters and spicy garlic edamame.
They really know their target audience with 50% off at the end of day, just head along to the shop 30 minutes before closing.
Soul Sushi is close to number of pubs such as The Geenmantle and The Dog House or the students pubs The Brass Monkey and the Pear Tree.
The Surgeons’ Hall and Festival Theatre are five minutes away if you fancy a tour of Scotland’s medical history or to see a show.
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