An evening at Umi – Stockbridge’s new Japanese eatery

Tucked away underground in Stockbridge is new Japanese restaurant Umi. Umi is a cosy underground food experience that is worth the trip into the quieter parts of Edinburgh. With a restaurant that provides all the yummy Japanese goodness you could ask for, the extra twenty minute walk from Princes Street is definitely worth your while. […]

Lifestyle Wellbeing

Wabi Sabi – the Japanese mantra to help you accept imperfection

Wabi-sabi may be the latest concept in the West, but it originates from Japanese philosophy. It has many layers in its meaning, but the simplest way to put it is it is a way of perceiving the world centred on the acceptance and appreciation of transience and imperfection. The term wabi means “loneliness” and used […]

Lifestyle Recipes

Do it yourself: Yakisoba

I don’t know about you, but the idea of making Japanese food at home is daunting. Incredibly daunting. Visions of trying to roll intricate pieces of salmon and rice into something vaguely resembling the minuscule dishes that circulate Yo! Sushi fills me with something very close to fear. This recipe, however, proves that Japanese food […]

Lifestyle Reviews

Restaurant Review: Harajuku Kitchen – a taste of Japan in Bruntsfield

Situated on Gillespie Place, just off the Meadows in Bruntsfield, Harajuku Kitchen is a small, authentic restaurant which aims to provide Edinburgh with entirely traditional Japanese cuisine. Harajuku Kitchen prides itself on the history of its traditional Japanese cuisine, serving dishes from recipes that have been passed down through three generations. The chef-patron, Kaori Simpson, […]