One of Edinburgh’s favourite Japanese restaurants and street food stalls, Harajuku Kitchen, has launched its latest incarnation with an izakaya style residency at Cabaret Voltaire. I went along earlier tonight, with other food and travel bloggers to try it out.
An izakaya is a type of informal Japanese gastropub. They are casual places for after-work drinking. They have been compared to Irish pubs, tapas bars and early American saloons and taverns.
On the menu was edamane with chilli salt; pork and vegetable gyoza; aubergine with miso sauce; chicken karaage, deep fried chicken; yakatori, a Japanese type of skewered chicken; rafute bao and katsu buns; Korean fried chicken wings and a range of sushi rolls. As you can see it was quite some feast, but with my seafood allergy, I did give the sushi rolls a miss!
The Japanese ‘pub-food’ pop up kicks off with a stonking soft opening offer of 50% off from 7pm – 11pm tonight, so if you are quick, you may just be able to sample it too. Then from Saturday 29th, they’ll be rolling out the sushi from 5pm – 11pm every Friday-Sunday – perfect for satisfying those late night chicken karaage cravings.
36-38 Blair Street
Twitter – @harajukukitchen