I’m no sushi connoisseur by any means – I have yet to make a sushi pilgrimage to Japan – but I can recognize good sushi when I see it.
These are my favourite sushi restaurants in Edinburgh, and some of the best Japanese food you’ll find in the city.
If you’re going to visit one sushi restaurant in Edinburgh, make it Kanpai. It’s the most expensive restaurant on this list, but it’s also easily the best sushi in the city. The presentation of their food is superb, and the menu is full of inventive dishes. A few must-try dishes are the grilled eggplant in sweet miso sauce and the grilled scallop nigiri – both of which are ridiculously delicious. Their sushi rolls are exceptionally fresh and full of flavour as well.
Bonsai is a great spot for an inexpensive lunch, with cheap bento box and sushi deals on offer everyday. Their hand rolls are particularly tasty, especially the spicy tuna. And their green tea creme brûlée is the perfect post-sushi dessert.
A few of my favourite dishes at Yes Sushi are the prawn dumplings, salmon skin roll, and their hot pot -which is reason enough to visit. Choose your broth, noodles, veggies, seafood, and meat (all of which are served uncooked), drop them into the boiling pot, and watch them cook in front of you. It’s £17.99 per person, and also includes all-you-can-eat sushi (from a limited menu), which is a bargain in Edinburgh.
Bentoya is a cozy little restaurant near the Grassmarket, and it’s a great spot for fresh, quality sushi at a reasonable price. I’d recommend the spicy salt & pepper squid and the volcano roll, which is beautifully presented, and topped with dried shredded chili. The sashimi is also excellent, and has a creamy melt-in-your-mouth texture. This restaurant is BYOB, and the corkage fee is £2.
Sushiya is hidden just out of sight near Haymarket train station. The restaurant is tiny – it seats no more than 20 people, so it’s best to make a reservation if you plan to visit. I’ve tried a bit of everything on their modest menu, from the appetizers to the hand rolls, nigiri, sashimi, and sushi rolls – and it’s all delicious. Every dish is freshly made and brimming with high quality ingredients.
Where in the world is your favourite sushi restaurant?