October 23, 2013 City Centre, Japanese, soup, sushi No Comments

I’m closing in a full set of the sushi places in Edinburgh. Today’s visit to Yes Sushi, on Hanover Street, took me one step closer, with only Sushiya (I think) left before I have a completed bingo card.



The place is neat and tidy, with just one long central dining space. The emphasis is on dark wood and red detailing. It has a good feel about it. However, one of the great pleasures of sushi places is watching the chef at work, and these premises don’t allow for that, which is a notable constraint.

Upon arrival, service was a bit slow in responding. It wasn’t their busiest day, so the waitresses were sat at the back having a wee chat. Once menus had been delivered, they went back to their conversation, and left me to ponder. I was quickly trying to flag their attention, but eventually I had to get up and walk over, as they were oblivious. This was the same for another couple of tables, too. It was a pretty poor show. Once things got going, service was relatively efficient, but not the speediest.

Salmon set

Salmon set

I ordered their salmon set, featuring sashimi, nigiri and salmon and avocado rolls. When these arrived, they looked quite stylish, if rather chunkier than I’ve seen in more elegant versions. This was preceded by fairly routine miso soup.

The salmon all proved to be rather good, with particularly good sashimi. The rolls were a little heavy on mayonnaise, which somewhat muddied the freshness of the avocado. The nigiri was solidly good.

Miso soup

Miso soup

So overall, the service at Yes Sushi wasn’t what it should have been, which was a shame, as the food was quite impressive. It goes in the same bracket as No 1 Sushi and Oishii, in terms of quality. Sadly, the inattentive service means it drops well down my list of places for a revisit.

3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
2/5 for service
giving an overall 12.5/20

I ate: salmon set (sashimi, nigiri, salmon avocado roll)

I drank: green tea, water

I wore: pinstripes

Total bill: £11.40

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Written by BKR