Harajuku Kitchen is located on the corner of Gillespie Place in the Bruntsfield area of the city. The premises has seen many incarnations, the most memorable being a very good deli and bakery. It’s now a very good Japanese restaurant.
Named after a neighbourhood in Tokyo, Harajuku Kitchen is fairly small inside. The decor is classically minimalist with Japanese murals on the wall. We sat at a window seat and had plenty of space, the restaurant was busy and they could probably squeeze more in but it’s a nice size as it is . The drinks menu arrived and it was good to see that it featured predominantly Japanese wines and soft drinks.
I enjoyed a Plum Royale to start. Prosecco, plum wine, and a dash of vanilla created a sweet fizzy cocktail with a flavour that reminded me of port.
We also decided to try the Japanese Ramune Lemonade. It was a much more subtle taste than standard lemonade, very light and refreshing.
The menu is traditional with a range of sashimi, sushi, futomaki rolls, udon noodles and main and small dishes.
We chose a selection of small dishes and some futomaki rolls with steamed rice.
Deep fried Karaage Chicken, perfect with a squeeze of lemon.
Daikon dare sauce for dipping the chicken.
Pictured above: Pork Rafute. Delicious slow roasted pork belly in sake and spices.
Chicken Teryaki Futomaki Rolls.
The amazing Pork Gyoza which I sampled at the Stockbridge Market.
There wasn’t a dessert menu but our waitress explained there were two on offer. We ordered both!
Coconut Mochi – coconut ice cream incased in a starchy rice layer and rolled in coconut.
Crispy deep fried apple dumplings with green tea ice cream.
We were really impressed with Harajuku Kitchen. The food was all of a really high standard and there was a wide range of dishes to choose from. Given the type of cuisine it’s probably a bit challenging for most kids and therefore suited more to adults. We’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking for authentic Japanese cuisine.
Location: Gillespie Place, Bruntsfield
Price: Dishes range from £4.95 – £12.95. Our bill was approx £60.
Bestinburgh: Best Japanese food