Maki & Ramen was recommended by Where Chefs Eat book/app, the website says it’s the first omakase restaurant in Edinburgh. Established in 2015 the head chef travelled around Japan and learned to master the art of ramen and sushi. Currently, there are three locations in Edinburgh Nicolson Street and Fountainbridge are the only ones with the omakase bar.
Visiting Maki & Ramen West Richmond Street branch, initial impressions is the place is very small upstairs had long tables. Don’t be alarmed if you have to share with strangers. The Japanese vibrant décor popped. One side of the wall is covered with sticky notes from visitors, common in Asian cafes. Green tea is free and refillable a jug is available on each table.
Ramen is a Maki & Ramen speciality, picking out one of the special ramens and ordering a sushi set. Prices for items range from £2.20 for 2-piece sushi to mains for under £10.
Grilled sushi set £8.80 arrived in a wooden bowl, sushi pieces laid on a long bamboo leaf. The grilled sushi came in pairs, grilled salmon, grilled surf and grilled prawn clam. Evidence of an aftermath of being blow torched is visible. The sushi is good, not the best but decent for that price.
The garlic ramen came in a deep bowl, black garlic oil and tiny black dots sat on the surface of the 8-hour pork bone broth. Creamy pale white in appearance it is on the medium thickness to the ones like Bone Daddies and Shoryu back in London. The bowl is filled with seaweed, sliced charshu, half boiled egg, sweetcorn and topped with dried garlic. Soup broth is excellent, not overbearing with flavour and charshu is delicate and soft.
Maki and Ramen
13 West Richmond Street