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Japanese Restaurant and Takeaway

2.4 out of 5 2.4/5 from 9 reviews (add your opinion)

30 Potterrow

Phone: 0131 667 2299

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Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: Yes
Delivery: No

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4 from andy (83%) on December 24th, 2007 (11 years ago)

Nawroz, 30 Potterrow, EH8 9BT, Edinburgh

We had a nice meal here the Friday night before Christmas. It wasn't as busy as we expected it to be - there were a couple of large Christmas party groups in and a few couples. We didn't go for the Tappanyake - it looks like fun but better if you're there as a group rather than a couple.

When we arrived we were warned that they were short-staffed and that service might be a bit slow. The service was, in fact, great and at just the pace we wanted. I suppose they could have taken our drinks order a bit sooner after we arrived but it wasn't a big deal.

We shared yummy edamame beans to start and then each had a chicken noodle dish. Both were very tasty.

If you like Wagamama's but are frustrated that one hasn't opened yet in Edinburgh then Koi is the closest I have yet had to it in Edinburgh. And they have Asahi and Kirin lagers on tap - excellent!

Looking forward to going back to try the Teppanyake.

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2 from profeta77 (49%) on February 18th, 2008 (11 years ago)

Nawroz, 30 Potterrow, EH8 9BT, Edinburgh

We went for a Tappanyake table last Saturday and it ended up being a nightmare.

Fair enough the place was busy and it was a nightmare but the service was really bad and they would not even apologise for it.

We had to ask three times to be served a drink, the chef on the Tappanyake was constantly arguing with the waitresses. He was making omelettes and throwings bits in the customers' mouths and breasts.

We chose Deluxe Koi with Lobster. Lobster was small as a king prawn.

We were given Smarties and Mini Mars bars for dessert!!!

And we had to keep on asking to pay the bill.

I'll never go again.

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3.5 from Bryan (42%) on February 20th, 2008 (11 years ago)

Nawroz, 30 Potterrow, EH8 9BT, Edinburgh

In a group of 12 enjoying the teppanyake last Friday.

The chef was a little too much like panto at first, unecessary banging of implements and an unimpressive 'catching the pepperpot behind his back' "trick". At this point I was a little concerned the evening would descend into farce; happily the food saved the day.

We had the cheaper banquet (£22). Soup and salad starter: soup OK if nothing special; salad dull.

The main parts of the meal were excellent. I had the salmon and the chicken teriyaki. The chicken was exceptional. Others had the calamari and steak and everyone was quite happy. Dessert was an OK ice-cream in pancake affair.

I wasn't expecting much from the coffee but it was actually very good and that's a tragically rare thing to be able to say about an Edinburgh restaurant.

I'd go again but only in a large group in a party spirit. None one for a meal a deux.

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3 from ciamara (42%) on September 13th, 2015 (3 years ago)

Nawroz, 30 Potterrow, EH8 9BT, Edinburgh

We have visited Nawroz twice recently, both times with a voucher for the Kurdish Feast. The “Feast” itself is priced at £60 on the menu. Both times we had a voucher which cost £29.00. Nawroz is however BYOB, which helps to keep the cost of a meal down.

The “Feast” includes a mixed starters, mixed grill and an eastern sweet selection. Starters include falafel, fried Nan bread, hummus, various stuffed vine leaves etc. It is all quite pleasant, but fairly bland.

Mains are chicken wings, chicken and lamb tikka, and chicken and lamb kebabs, served on rice and salad with Nan bread. You also get two side dishes, one potato, one okra, but both tasted fairly bland to us. It is all nicely cooked, and seems good quality, but we would recommend getting chili sauce to spice up the meat.

Dessert was our favourite of all the courses, wee bits of Turkish Delight, baklava and ice cream. The sweetness of the baklava and Turkish Delight complements the ice cream nicely.

The restaurant itself is quite pleasant, and the service is fine, although it tends be focused on the man rather than the women. The toilets were alright, but a long hike down stairs to get there. Overall it was okay, but we wouldn’t pay £60 for the “Feast” and, for us, don’t think it was worth the £30 we paid for the voucher.

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3 from naomi (35%) on August 27th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Nawroz, 30 Potterrow, EH8 9BT, Edinburgh

We visited Koi on a Saturday for late lunch but missed out on the set meal deal for lunch 12-2pm - looked like really good value. This site has been a number of restaurants over the years, none of which have seemed to last that long. Koi suits the space - fresh and modern, very clean decor/setting. It was not that busy when we went but there was a group around the Teppanyaki table and that looked like great fun! We decided to order a mixture of dishes: veg tempura, salmon tempura, california rolls (sushi) and Yakitori (chicken skewers in terriyaki sauce) and a 2 drinks (total approx £31). The tempura was a little disappointing as it was quite greasy but the rest of our order was very tasty. The sushi tasted great but did not look as good as that from Sushiya in Dalry Road. Chicken was nice and succulent, not dry. Very filling and to be honest, 3 dishes between the 2 of us would have been enough. I would imagine it's very good at the weekend in the evening and if you can get a group then go for the Teppanyaki. Good service, great location nr Edin Uni shame about the batter (hence the lower rating). I would go back though!

Hmm...went back on Sat (Aug 2008) and was not very impressed. We got the meal deal this time so maybe can't complain and our service was okay but then again it was pretty much empty. Diners beside us seemed to not be having a good experience, their food was late and they did not seem to be enjoying it much. Tables and glasses were not that clean and the food was overly salty. I guess for £7.50 each for the Tappanyake meal you can't complain and the salmon was nice enough.

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1 from Katie (12%) on October 4th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Nawroz, 30 Potterrow, EH8 9BT, Edinburgh

To be honest I should have walked straight out when I saw the state of the tables - if they can't be bothered cleaning the bits that customers see then what is the kitchen going to be like? The service was fine and the Japanese beer was good but that's about it. The food was awful and very poor value for money. The miso soup to start was bog standard and served in grotty dishes. The rice was badly cooked and my chicken was greasy, tough and obviously re-heated. My husband got the tiniest sliver of salmon, a really poor portion. Dessert was pancake and ice cream (hard to get wrong) served with an array of giant greasy fingerprints around the edge of the plate. Avoid.

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1.5 from Colin Bell (12%) on October 20th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Nawroz, 30 Potterrow, EH8 9BT, Edinburgh

We booked for 8 people last saturday night, the food wasn't bad but the service was shocking.

The food arrived in dribs and drabs, literally 5 mins or more between each couple of dishes arriving. The first person to get their whole meal received it a good half hour before the last person. We had not ordered starters so the order wasn't exactly complex.

The staff were useless at chasing the food up, saying it was because they were busy (same excuse the manager gave us). Well duh, it's a restaurant on a Saturday night, get staff accordingly!!!

Absolutely hopeless service, and in the end we got 20% off the bill... eventually!!!

wouldn't recommend it.

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2 from Sarah (12%) on August 10th, 2009 (9 years ago)

Nawroz, 30 Potterrow, EH8 9BT, Edinburgh

We popped in for lunch yesterday and the food was amazing but the service was terrible! We ordered starters followed by sushi and noodles for mains - 1 starter came 30 minutes after the order was taken. I asked about my partner's starter and the waitress didn't understand what I was asking about and then a following 15 minutes later our mains came along with the missing starter. I may add that the restaurant only had a couple of tables and there were 3 serving staff. The toilets were a disgrace also - in need of a clean and tidy. Given the restaurant was so quiet the toilets looked like niteclub loos which made me wonder when they were cleaned last? This restaurant definitely has potential as I said the food is amazing but they need to up their gear in relation to slow service and unclean loos.

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1.5 from northallan (8%) on March 2nd, 2008 (11 years ago)

Nawroz, 30 Potterrow, EH8 9BT, Edinburgh

Having eaten teppanyaki for many years and in many countries, I was persuaded by friends to try the (apparently only) Edinburgh version. This is not the teppanyaki I know. The chef we had is a pastiche of the real version, possibly because he seems to be serving diners composed of girl groups and inexperienced japanese restaurant diners. The area was dirty when we were sat down, and the cooking surfaces looked as though they hadn't been properly cleaned for some time. The chef arrived eventually and marked his arrival by performing a very dangerous stunt, namely launching a large dose of alcohol and fat onto the hot surfaces as we watched. Frightening. He boldly asked if any of us had eaten teppanyaki before, and seemed surprised when I said I had many years experience experiencing and indeed reviewing this cuisine. He became agitated and verged on being abusive, until I suggested he treat us as Customers and proceed with the cooking. He ultimately became very apologetic, and offered my partner free drinks.

The food is more in the nature of rough barbecue cooking than teppanyaki, and included a glutinous mess of chicken in peanut sauce, sauteed in a makeshift aluminium foil pan. Vegetables were not apparent until the very end when he seemed to notice that he hadn't cooked the bamboo shoots. The starter was plated and served having been cooked elsewhere. Like another reviewer, I was dismayed by the frequent offer of lollipops and mini-chocolate bars in place of food.

But for my guest and the wish to review the restaurant I would have left after the chef's fire and vocal attack.

I can't recommend this to anyone except stag parties.

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