Summary: Yummy Tori have a wide variety of meals on their menu giving you plenty of reasons to come back, the rice and mocktails were to die for. We had a great meal and will be sure to return soon.
We were recently invited down to YummyTori on Lothian Road to try out their new menu, I’m always keen to try new things but haven’t eaten in many Japanese restaurants so was really looking forward to this meal.
The restaurant serve up Japanese tapas, perfect for sharing and a great introduction to Japanese cuisine. I haven’t been able to develop a passion for sushi, which was just as well as there wasn’t any on the menu.
The waitress talked through the options and made everything sound so appetising, we we’re having a night off from alcohol so asked for soft drinks, the waitress encouraged us to try the mocktails instead – we were glad we did.
The mocktails were so refreshing, far more exciting than diet coke, both were very tasty but if there was a contest (and there always is) the Passion Fruit Iced Tea would be the winner.
With tasty beverages already acquired we could get the ball rolling with the food, we started by ordering Ninniku Cha-han (Garlic fried rice), Chicken Katsu and Prawn Tempura.
It wasn’t long until our food began to arrive, the aroma from the garlic rice hit us and we immediately started to dig in.
This was a challenge to eat with the chopsticks, we’ll have to practice a little more before our next visit. We ended up taking turns on the spoon but both agreed that this was extremely good, there were some interesting textures in the rice, chewy bits of garlic were the hidden treasure. Yummy? Truly!
The chicken dish was nice and light, far easier to pick up with chopsticks and perfect for sharing.
The prawns were served up in a very light batter, I enjoyed these a little more than my dining partner but we both agreed that they were cooked to perfection.
Having been for a run earlier that day I was still hungry, so we ordered a couple more dishes, the Yakiniku Beef and Ika Karaage (Calamari). At this stage the restaurant had begun to get a lot busier and one large table was keeping the kitchen very busy, this was fine as we were in no rush so were happy to wait for our second tapas selection.
The beef was very well cooked, so tender with lovely flavours, it was a touch a too salty though.
The calamari wasn’t to my dining partner’s taste, and whilst I’ve certainly had better elsewhere in Edinburgh I still really enjoyed it.
We had a great meal at YummyTori and will definitely return to try out some of the other dishes on the menu, it’s a great restaurant with relaxed atmosphere, if you like tapas and are interested in trying something a bit different then head on down to YummyTori – it’s worth it for the rice alone!