However, now two have become one, as the small upstairs restaurant Kenji has moved to the basement of the other location at 18-24 Deanhaugh Street.
Regarding the move, Kenji manager Saki Inoue said: “The reason we moved is mainly because we are understaffed and we cannot keep our sister restaurant UMI, which opened ago. almost three years at Stockbridge.
“This place has been very popular. It is very sad that we have to close UMI, but due to the high demands for sit-in, delivery and pick-up orders in Kenji, we decided that moving it to a larger location was the best way for our customers ” .
For those who haven’t visited the UMI, it features colorful lanterns and a mural.
“There is a view of the Japanese street inside and it feels like you are in Japan,” explains Inoue.
“The menu is the same as Kenji, but we also keep our popular ramen and some of UMI’s special sushi rolls.”
We hope to see their bentos, accompanied by rice and miso soup, their excellent red dragon rolls with shrimp and cucumber tempura, flambé salmon, mayo and flying fish roe, as well as donburi and gyoza bowls.
UMI’s popular ramen dishes include the ultra spicy Crazy Tonkotsu variety and not for the faint hearted, with chashu pork belly, boiled egg, leeks, sweetcorn and sesame seeds, batter and chili oil, grilled jalapenos and chili sprigs. .
There is also a KFC version with karaage fried chicken and a truffle ramen with truffle oil added to the chicken broth.
The closure of the Kenji premises means that owners Kenny and Jimmy Zhang will be running two restaurants, as they also have Bentoya on Bread Street in Edinburgh.
According to Inoue, this restaurant has just launched a vegan menu, and there has been a bit of a makeover, adding, “We recently renovated Bentoya and received a lot of compliments from customers. Even the staff appreciate the beautiful interior.