My friends Julie and Scott are having a slightly shitty time at the moment, so it was good to see the restaurant gods swoop in with a little cheer for them. They’ve long lamented the lack of sushi in Stockbridge so the arrival of Kenji Sushi, where Suree Thai used to trade. It’s a second restaurant from the people behind Bentoya.
As well as Julie and Scott, I was joined on this quest by Claire, as this was part of a Book Group evening that ended up at the Book Festival for another great gig from the Bookshop Band.
The interior is extremely smart with a bright and tranquil feel to it. It’s a major upgrade on the previous place.
Menus were brought, as was house white wine and water. It took us a good while to consider what we would eat as they cover just about all of the Japanese bases: a full selection of starters; sushi and sashimi; noodle and rice dishes; ramen; donburi; tempura.
We ordered gyoza, miso aubergine, chicken yakitori, duck with rice, tempura vegetables, avocado maki, scallop, mackerel and tuna sashimi, crazy tuna roll, edamame, and a vegetable hand roll.
The hand roll aside, which was loosely fashioned and prone to collapse, everything was delivered to a really pleasing standard.
Highlights for me were the sashimi and the aubergine, but the tempura looked mighty pretty and the maki was nicely crafted.
So overall, it was good to see Japanese cuisine now represented in this neighbourhood. I think the place will do well as it fills a gap in the market and served us dishes to a really good standard. Make sure to give it a visit, soon.
Blythe scores Kenji
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
Today’s questers: Claire, Julie, Scott, Blythe
We ate: edamame, gyoza, aubergine, avocado maki, veg tempura, crazy tuna roll, hand roll, duck rice bowl
We drank: white wine, water
We wore: Festival weeds
Total bill: £90.10
Address: 42 St. Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AL