On Sunday I got to spend the day with three of my favourite people (Hayley, Morag and Lis) in Glasgow, doing a spot of shopping and lots of eating. We ended up paying a visit to my beloved Jellybear in the afternoon, but for some more substantial sustenance we decided to try out Nippon Kitchen on West George Street.
Nippon Kitchen is a Japanese restaurant, specialising in high quality ingredients and dishes that are made to order. Think Wagamamas, but considerably less “chain-y”. Technical term… Handily located right next door to Wagamamas it’s a great alternative, with considerably more cocktail options to hand.
With a jam packed menu we were spoilt for choice, which paired with the generous portion sizes left us with far too much food for three people. I opted for the Duck Tamago Donburi, which consisted of lightly battered duck served with egg, onion, leeks and lots of rice. Duck is one of my favourite meats, but I find it to be something that restaurants rarely get right. Luckily for me, this was one of those rare occasions! The duck was surprisingly tender, which was perfectly balanced with the crisp batter and sticky rice. Whilst the seasoning wasn’t the most exciting, it was still really delicious and something I’d order again.
Hayley & I decided to share a portion of chicken gyoza, but we agreed that we’d had better. They were a bit too salty for my liking and Hayley likened it to tortellini, which was a shame because the rest of the food was brilliant. For her main Hayley had the Chicken Chilli Noodle Stir Fry, and Morag had Vegetable Chilli Noodle Stir Fry with a side of Tempura Sweet Potato Maki and Vegetable Gyoza. Much like myself, they also thought that the food was excellent.
I’ll definitely be heading back to try out some more of the menu from Nippon Kitchen, there’s no denying that they maintain a really high standard! I’d love to try some of their cocktails too, as their ice tea was “on point”. The best way to describe their price point would be affordable, which was a surprise for the quality of food you’re getting. Like I mentioned before, the portions lean on the generous side! It’s one to visit if you’re a fan of Japanese food and it’s fair to say that there’s a clear reason the restaurant is so highly recommended.
Have you ever been to Nippon Kitchen?