My lovely neighbour has been telling me since I moved in 9 months ago that I have to try Nanakusa on Sauchiehall Street and this past weekend I finally made it in to give this lovely little Japanese restaurant a try.
The first thing that hit me when I first walked into the dining area of Nanakusa is how light it is, there is a beautiful decorative high domed ceiling with sky lights which I loved. It is quite a modern dining space with lots of wooden tables and benches dotted around the restaurant, they also have these funky light panels with change colour. It is a lovely causal restaurant to chill out in….it really doesn’t feel like you are sitting just a few feet from one of the business streets in Glasgow, you feel like you are in a cool little bar in down town Tokyo.
The staff were fantastic, very helpful and friendly. The manageress (who was dressed in traditional Japanese dress) was especially welcoming, she checked that we were happy with our selections then checked after every course that we had enjoyed the food.
The menu it’s self is a pretty lengthy affair, there are helpful descriptions and pictures which accompany almost every dish.
I am a bit of a grazer when I eat…buffets are designed for people like me because I like little bits of everything and like to get in about food with my hands, I put it down to the cave woman in me! I feel that the bento box was really created for indecisive people like myself, so I had to try my first ever box at Nanakusa. I went for bento box D which consisted of Chicken Teriyaki, king prawn and vegetable tempura, sushi california roll, 3 pieces of chefs selection of nigiri sushi served with miso soup and Japanese steamed rice. Everything was delicious – the chicken teriyaki was utterly moreish, the tempura was light and so crispy, the sushi was really nice and tasted fresh. The miso soup was very flavoursome and there was so much Japanese rice that I think I managed to eat about a quarter of the portion. It was a beautiful selection of tasty dishes
We also got a few sides to try – the Chicken Tempura can only be described as luscious, the chicken was soft and juicy and the tempura was perfection. I also scoffed an entire serving of Chicken Gyoza myself, these deep-fried chicken dumplings were one of my favourite elements, if you are popping into nanakusa definitely order these and use the dipping sauce because it really adds something to the dumplings. Lastly we ordered a side of Edamame, salted green soya beans, I wasn’t sure what to expect of this dish but they were amazing and I will order these again.
After all that food I still couldn’t resist the Banana Tempura for dessert. This dessert was amazing it came accompanied with a massive ball of vanilla ice creams and sploge of skooshy cream (I am not a cream snob I love skooshy cream, especially straight from the bottle) it was incredible, yet again the tempura was amazing, the banana was warm, sweet and slightly mushy while still holding a nice bite. This is going down as one of my top desserts in Glasgow!
All in all a fantastic restaurant, I adored the menu, loved the casual surroundings and the food was seriously de-lish – a new firm fav in Geekdom!