Sushiya Edinburgh

by Jo Kenny

Wow has it been a long time since I blogged! I warned my Twitter followers it would be a quiet month, as it’s been one very adventurous August! You see, me and Mr YumDimSum took a little trip up to Edinburgh to partake in a bit of this:


and this..


…and this:

(Watermarks because I’m undecided whether I want to pay the disgusting prices for the real thing!)

12 miles of obstacles to earn ourselves a coveted orange headband! Crossing that finish line we were absolutely pleased as punch… and hungry! Climbing over 10 foot walls and crawling through endless stretches of mud doesn’t half work up an appetite! So, after some serious scrubbing in the shower we took our tired bodies off into Edinburgh in search of sustenance.

Sushiya Japanese restaurant Edinburgh

Sushiya is a small but perfectly formed Japanese restaurant leading up to the heart of Edinburgh. You walk in and are met with intimate high tables set out with immaculate & contemporary place settings. Very Japanese.

Sushiya Edinburgh Japanese restaurant

Being close to the sea there’s a lot of wonderfully fresh sushi up for grabs. I needed something hot, but got some serious food envy when I saw platters of sushi masterpieces making their way to other tables. We ordered up a selection of soups and side dishes, which emerged from the open kitchen in a seemingly effortless fashion. In fact, looking back everything about Sushiya had this wonderful calming atmosphere. The polite & efficient staff, the pristine decor, the warm lighting, it all allowed you to relax knowing you were in capable hands.

Side dishes came first:

Japanese gyoza Sushiya Edinburgh

We both love gyoza and have it at every opportunity we can. Sushiya offered up some of the best we’ve had with a gingery, meaty filling and a delicious contrast of soft & crispy on the dumpling. It came with a particularly tasty dipping vinegar as well.

Sushiya Edinburgh Japanese restaurant tempura dipping vinegar

Sushiya Edinburgh Japanese restaurant tempura

Tempura is one of those foods that just doesn’t like to be photographed. That beautifully light batter always looks like a fuzzy mass! These were huge though, absolutely huge. The biggest, juiciest prawns surrounded by a delicate crunch. If When you go to Sushiya, you must order these.

Miso soup Sushiya Edinburgh Japanese restaurant

An adorable little miso soup accompanied Mr YumDimSum’s meal, I think this must be the Japanese equivalent of chicken soup because it’s just as comforting. Some miso soups can be horribly salty but not this one, it was a rich and well balanced broth perfect for aching muscles!

Jo Yum Dim Sum Sushiya Japanese restuarant Edinburgh

And now ladies and gentleman the pièce de résistance: my pork ramen, which absolutely dwarfed me! Look at the size of it! My tired eyes lit up when this arrived at the table.

Pork ramen Sushiya Japanese restaurant Edinburgh

Sitting atop the surface is a beautifully presented selection of pork slices, egg, bamboo, ginger and Japanese greens. Sub-level is a gigantic and delicious ball of thin egg noodles and if you can finish the lot I take my hat off to you.

Our Japanese feast worked out at just £15 per head, not to shabby especially given the pricey location. If you’re looking for a delicious bit of calm in your Edinburgh trip, check in at Sushiya.

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