Like many people, I discovered Harajuku Kitchen through their stall at the Stockbridge Farmers Market (check Anson’s article on the market here: Stockbridge Farmers Market – Edinburgh’s market). The line for their famous gyoza dumplings and noodles is always long and for good reason. I was extremely pleased to discover they also had a sit-down restaurant and knew I had to check it out.
Located between the neighbourhoods of Bruntsfield and Tollcross, this small restaurant serves big on quality Japanese food. Before Harajuku Kitchen I had never fully experienced Japanese food before, and this is a great place to be properly introduced. Staff are friendly and able to answer all your sushi queries and explain the difference between the different rolls.
Either go for a selection of smaller dishes to share (I can recommend the assorted sashimi) or go for one of the larger dishes (my favourite is the salmon and avocado sushi rice bowl). If you’re looking for veggie options, happily raw fish is not the only thing on the menu, their award-winning aubergine curry is a favourite.
Bear in mind that there are limited tables, so be sure to book in advance, especially in the evenings or if you’re in a big party.