Andrew and I really enjoy omakase dining in Japanese restaurants. If you’re not familiar with omakase, it’s the Japanese tradition of letting a sushi chef choose your order. Omakase allows the sushi chef show their creativity and culinary talents while the customer gets a really personalized dining experience. If you are unsure of what I’m talking about, you can watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
For Andrew’s birthday last month, we were able to try Maki Maki, Edinburgh’s only Japanese spot that serves sushi, omakase style. Maki Maki is a cute, intimate sushi bar that also serves ramen. Their 12-course Chef’s Menu is £29/person for lunch (way cheaper than the $100/person omakases in the Bay). The £29 includes unlimited tea, unlike some other Japanese restaurants. We really enjoyed our experience, watching our meal get prepared, and chatting with the chef who studied how to make sushi in Japan.
Before the 12 courses, they gave us a seaweed salad and miso soup. Miso soup was more oily than the miso soups I’m used to, but I didn’t care cause it was so cold outside and it felt so good to have something hot inside of me.
Our first course was octopus. It was alright.
Our second course included salmon, tuna, and mackerel. The sushi chef also ground up some fresh wasabi that he gets from England. I enjoyed every piece on this dish.
Our next fish was a surf clam nigiri.
Our fourth course was uni (sea urchin)…my favorite!
Number 5 was a seared hamachi nigiri with sea salt and lime. This was delicious! Usually, people add lemon to fish, but the lime was a really nice touch.
The sixth course was a good piece of tuna.
The seventh course was a Scottish salmon nigiri. Scottish salmon is already very good, but it’s even better when it’s sushi.
Our next course was squid and basil nigiri. I would’ve never though about putting basil on sushi, but it works here.
Number 9 was really yummy. Shrimp was seasoned with garlic and herbs and seared.
Our tenth course was unagi (eel). It was nice and fatty.
Our last savory course was spicy tuna maki.
Last, but not least, we got our tamago (sweet egg), the mark of a good sushi chef. This was prepared previously, but I wish we could’ve watched him make it.
Overall, it was a great dining experience. We want to come back for chirashi (cause it’s only £8).
75 Nicolson Stret
Edinburgh, EH8 9BZ
Open Everyday: 12:00pm-3:00pm (Lunch), 5:00pm-10:00pm (Dinner)
Now, we’re just waiting for a cheap all-you-can-eat (made-to-order) sushi spot out here….