Lothian road isn't very exciting - it's getting better since when I had to walk up and down it past the sleazy saunas and the boring financial buildings. Izzi always seems to be a bit out of place.
I love floor-to-ceiling glass, it really makes you feel like the bee's knees. However, you are still looking out onto grim traffic, never mind, the colourful lightbulbs are so vivid as everything else in here is bright, clinical white.
I've not been to many "fusion" restaurants and the combo of Japanese and Chinese seemed to compliment each other in bits and parts but I felt either experience was somewhat compromised.
The whole thing was usually priced for Edinburgh (expensive) but the staff were friendly and polite.
Izzi's is alright. I wouldn't rush out to dine here. Their sushi is great if you are new to the cuisine, but really, it is just a little bit boring, but on the plus side, it does taste much more fresh than other establishments. The first time we went there, the best part of the meal was a prawn and fish roe salad - the last time, the dish was pretty stingy on content and heavy on the mayonnaise. Fusion restaurants don't tend to tempt me - stick to making one cuisine good rather than trying to please everyone, it never really works that well.
Extra star for the Japanese tea, not enough places serve it.
My experience here was mixed, I have to say. While the food was decent (not the best sushi I've ever had, not the worst either) the service was really horrible. The person who served me just acted like he could not be bothered. If I were paying less, it wouldn't annoy me, but for the prices I expect good service.
I had the vegetable tempura, which was lovely. The only fault I have with it is that there was too much of it for one person. If you like tempura, I recommend splitting one portion with a friend.
The sushi was nice - it wasn't outstanding, but it was okay. Again, for the price, I would expect something a bit more aggressively good.
Went here on a Saturday night recently around 7pm without booking but easily got a table as it was so quiet.
I thought the menu was fantastic as we were able to order Chinese and Japanese food, which I haven't seen anywhere else.
We ordered ribs, prawn cocktail, 2 chicken and mushroom soups and a selection of sushi. I would've liked to try more but our bill was over £30 (including drinks) so didn't want to overspend.
All of the food was nice and the portions were quite generous in my opinion.
I'd definitely recommend this restaurant, especially to people who are unsure of Japanese food as they can order a bit of everything.
Izzi is responsible for marital tension in my house.
Ok, not really, but we do disagree about the quality of sushi from izzi.
He maintains that it is the best in Edinburgh; I stridently disagree. I would say that it is only good to ok. Freshness/flavor level: moderate. Variety: hardly, especially if you don't tempura or do crabstick. Build of the roll/sizing: good.
SO really the drawbacks are the low variety and mid-level freshness/flavor combos.
The quality of izzi is the really attentive staff: my green tea is always full and the food is served very promptly.
I've not tried the Chinese menu, so I can't comment on it.
I enjoy sushi / sashimi Bento Box lunches at Izzi. The price is right at under £10 and includes miso soup. The staff are attentive and you have the fun of finishing off the meal with a fortune cookie.
Without a doubt the best Japanese restaurant I have ever been to. The open plan restaurant means you can see your food being cooked, the menu is varied and everything I have tried has been out of this world. The staff are all so friendly and helpful especially if you have no idea about Japanese cuisine, as I didn't my first time there! It is more costly than your average meal out but as Japanese in my opinion is far better than Chinese and there are fewer restaurants that serve teppanyaki style food and authentic sushi I didn't grudge paying more than I would normally for a meal out. I only wish I was rich enough to eat there all the tiume!
I feel a bit hesitant of having chinese and japanese food in one place but this wasn't so bad. Good portions and good taste. Sushi was ok. Table service was a bit slow but nonetheless, we were not in a hurry.
Lovely restaurant selling Chinese and Japanese food. The only downside to the restaurant is that if you are a Chinese food lover then there isn't as much choice on the menu for you as that of a restaurant that only serves Chinese food. However, what is lost on variety is more than made up for in taste. The food is lovely, from the chow mein to the sushi, I have not tried one thing in this restaurant that I didn't like. My favourite has to be the crispy aromatic duck - it's out of this world.
The reviews seem very mixed on this one - I'd have to say the sushi I had was horrendous. It wasn't fresh at all, in fact some of the tuna was still frozen when served. I was very disappointed and didn't enjoy the meal at all.
Definitely the best place in Edinburgh for Japanese food. The food is great and, in my opinion, quite well priced. The service is friendly, and the place is clean and well presented. The menu has a good amount of variety, and the Udon is wonderful. Well worth checking out.
I'll be honest, this used to be one of my favorite restaurants in Edinburgh. My husband and I would go about once a month. Yeah, they were always a bit stingy with their soy sauce and would make you feel greedy if you asked for more. Also, I swear they charged me for tap water, but their food was good! Then about 3 years ago it became a different story. I don't know if they went under new management or they just decided it was time to cut back even more, but the portion sizes became a bit smaller and the sushi just wasn't that great anymore. My husband always used to order the shredded sweet chili chicken, and it was wonderful. It stayed warm over a hot plate. Then, the changes came and they started serving the chicken in a thick stale hard inedible noodle bowl type thing. The funny thing is they still served it on a hot plate, but it made no difference to the chicken which was being shielded by the odd receptacle.
Also, one evening after having had my sushi, I came home and immediately became ill. I spent an hour praying to the porcelain god, and I really believe it was due to some bad sushi at Izzi. We haven't been back since. It's such a shame, though, because we really used to love the place and it has so much potential. :-( I give it 2 stars instead of 1, because it is the only place in Edinburgh that I know you can have a Japanese eel meal.
I have to say this is my all-time favourite restaurant. Been going for about 8-9 years & never had a bad meal. The food is fab, the staff are really friendly and treat you like old friends. Thoroughly recommend this to0 anyone. Elaine
Because they provide Chinese and Japanese food I feel that they have somehow neglected the original flavours and the raw produce lacks freshness - there is no sense of professionalism in the production of the two completely different type of food.
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