Award-winning Japanese restaurant joins St James Quarter

Updated: Jun 30, 2021

The new pop-up street shack harkens back to the restaurant's roots, will provide Japanese comfort food and street food as part of St James Quarter's new development

Kaori Simpson, owner of Edinburgh's Harajuku Kitchen has opened doors to a new street food version of the restaurant on Little King Street as part of the new St James Quarter development.

The Japanese bistro, which started its life as a market stall serving noodles and gyoza, has gone back to its roots with the opening of the pop-up street food shack with a menu passionately created by Kaori and Head Chef, Nobuo Sasaki, featuring Sushi burritos and Japanese Poke bowls served alongside favourites such as Yakisoba noodles and Kara-age chicken.

The Sushi burritos are also customizable and come with a choice of 11 filling combinations including prawn katsu, spicy salmon, prawn, avocado and tuna as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Each burrito is filled with lettuce, cucumber and Asian slaw to round things off. There is also a choice of four Poke bowls as well as a selection of soft drinks to accompany the food

Kaori, who hails from Tokyo said: “When the opportunity to become part of the St James Quarter was presented to us, we could not turn it down. We are so excited to be part of one of the biggest developments that Edinburgh has seen in recent years.”

“The menu reflects my Japanese heritage and incorporates all the things I love about Japan. The street food side of the business has always been a passion of mine as this is where we started. We are looking forward to the year ahead and growing the Harajuku Kitchen brand.”

Harajuku Kitchen, which first launched in 2013, draws its roots from authentic Japanese comfort food and street food and started out as a stall at Stockbridge Market. Kaori prides herself in providing a unique and exciting Japanese eating experience, adhering to the fundamentals of the country’s cooking, which is underpinned by a deep respect for ingredients and their natural flavours.

The restaurant has won numerous awards since then; it was crowned Best Japanese Restaurant at the Asian Curry Awards in 2016, in 2018 it won Best Street Food at The Edinburgh Restaurant Awards and in 2019 Harajuku Kitchen took the title of Best Restaurant in Scotland at the Golden Chopstick Awards.

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