Pretty much my favourite type of food in the world is Japanese food. There’s some amazing Japanese restaurants in Edinburgh that conveniently offer takeaway, which means that I’ve actually ordered from some of them an embarrassing amount of times in the last 6 months or so (from sushi to bento boxes and miso soup to yakitori – I’m obsessed)! Unfortunately for this Edinburgh dweller, I recently discovered what I think might be THE best sushi that I’ve had in a long time, if ever…and it’s not in Edinburgh, it’s at Sapporo Teppanyaki in Glasgow.
Still, it’s not the end of the world – now we’re getting married there I reckon I’ll be able to sneakily coordinate some lunchtime return visits over the next 9 months or so…
Sean and I headed over one Saturday before Christmas (they also have restaurants in Liverpool and Manchester if you live nearby) and were quickly shown to a table by the loveliest waitress ever. The restaurant is huge, much bigger than I thought it would be, so it’s an ideal place to head to if you’re part of a larger group, although we didn’t at all feel like it was too loud or crowded for just the two of us.
We started with some yummy cocktails with a Japanese twist – a Senji Caiprina for Sean and a Sake’tini for me, both of which went down dangerously quickly! We decided to share a few sushi dishes between us to ensure that we both got to try as much as possible, and on the recommendation of the waitress we went for a Dragon Roll with grilled eel (the most delicious sushi ever), a Spider Roll with soft shell crab (quite salty but still yummy) and a Caterpillar Roll with salmon (pretty AND delicious). Those particular options range in price from £8.25 to £11 so they aren’t the cheapest on the menu, but Sean and I would both agree that they’re more than worth it!
When it came to choosing from the new dessert menu we were less adventurous, with both of us sticking to our usual dessert of choice when eating at a Japanese restaurant – Banana Tempura. The banoffee ice-cream perfectly complemented the battered banana, and the chilli honey added just the right amount of heat to each mouthful. I’m practically drooling just remembering it!
By the time we finished we were absolutely stuffed and VERY happy – it really was one of the best meals I’ve had out in a long time and I will 100% be going back (also guys, if you ever wanted to open up in Edinburgh as well…) Overall our meal would have cost just over £50 between the two of us, but as well as the food being phenomenal, the service and presentation were amazing as well so I’d say it’s more than worth treating yourself!
Next time Sean and I are going to try out the Sapporo Teppanyaki menu as there’s nothing like it in Edinburgh and we’ve heard great things about how entertaining it is – as well as delicious! We might even try and fit it in the next few weeks, since Sapporo are offering an amazing 20% off food until the end of January!