Harajuku Kitchen is a bright and airy Japanese bistro which, while always busy, is positively Zen-like in comparison to the almost manic hustle and bustle of the real Harajuku district in Tokyo.
They offer a pretty authentic Japanese dining experience. Their mission is to adhere to the fundamentals of Japanese cooking: respecting the ingredients and their natural flavours. The quality of the ingredients really shines through, especially in their sashimi, in which only the freshest fish will do.
They have an interesting and varied array of starters including takoyaki octopus dumplings, gyozas, agenasu and tonkatsu. There are plenty of noodle and tempura dishes too, but the real star here is the sushi.
You can choose from nigiri, hand-rolled temaki cones and the delicate, smaller, hoso maki rolls or their huge futomaki rolls, which are nearly too big to eat in one piece.
If you can’t decide, and it can be pretty hard, they have a deluxe bento box which has a little taste of everything. If you’re coming for lunch or pre-theatre they have a great set menu which includes a choice of two dishes accompanied with green tea, miso soup and rice.
Alcohol wise they have a good selection of sake, Japanese beers and plum wine.
Japanese street food is not as prevalent as you find in other Asian countries like Thailand or Malaysia. You can have a little taste of it at Stockbridge market each Sunday, where Harajuku Kitchen have a stall serving up fresh gyozas and tasty noodles.
Address: 10 Gillespie Place, EH10 4HS
Phone: 0131 281 0526