10 Gillespie Place
+44 (0)131 281 0526
Overall score: ★★★☆☆
Harajuku Kitchen is a Japanese bistro in the heart of Bruntsfield and a firm favourite with locals – but what are the vegan options like? I popped along one evening after taking a look at the menu on their website, and thought there were enough options on there to cobble together a meal. I absolutely love sushi, so I was hoping that there would be no problem in catering for me.
While there were a few options on the menu, the choice wasn’t as varied as I hoped it would be. The server was super helpful though and talked me through the menu, telling me exactly what dishes I could have. The knowledgeable and confident way she rattled through the options made me think that I wasn’t the first vegan to visit Harajuku Kitchen.
Vegan dishes at Harajuku Kitchen
So, at the time of writing the vegan options currently are:
- The edamame beans
- Agedashi tofu
- Tofu teriyaki
- Avocado maki
- Cucumber maki
As much as I would like to have munched my way through all of these, my wallet and my appetite dictated otherwise so I went for the edamame beans, avocado maki and agedashi tofu.
The edamame beans, while not as fancy as the ones at Ninja Kitchen, really hit the spot. Simply cooked with a dash of salt, I munched through the entire bowl quite happily! The avocado maki was similarly satisfying, the creaminess of the avocado made these sushi rolls really moreish and yet filling at the same time.
The real surprise was the agedashi tofu – to be fair, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect having never heard of it before, but it turned out to be a real treat. The firm tofu is dusted in cornstarch and deep fried, making for a really decadent dish. My only complaint was the size of the cubes – they were quite large and a bit too much for my inexperienced chopstick technique!
Unfortunately, there were no vegan desserts available when I visited. I toyed with the idea of finishing off with a tea but ultimately time was against us and we had to go. Overall though, I had a lovely meal at Harajuku Kitchen and would love to return and try their other vegan dishes.
Menu info: ★★☆☆☆
Value for money: ★★★☆☆