However, now two have become one, as the small upstairs restaurant Kenji has moved to the basement of the other venue at 18-24 Deanhaugh Street.
Commenting on the move, Kenji’s manager, Saki Inoue, said, “The reason we moved is mainly because we are understaffed and cannot keep our partner restaurant. HMIwhich opened almost three years ago in Stockbridge.
“This place has been very popular. It is very sad that we have to close UMI, but due to high demand for sit-in orders, delivery and collection at Kenji, we have decided that moving it to a bigger location is the best solution for our customers” .
For those who haven’t visited UMI, it features colorful lanterns and a mural.
“There is a Japanese street view inside and it feels like Japan,” says Inoue.
“The menu is the same as Kenji’s, but we also keep our popular ramen and some of UMI’s special sushi rolls.”
We hope to see their bento sets, served with rice and miso soup, their excellent red dragon rolls, shrimp and cucumber tempura, torched salmon, mayo and flying fish roe, as well as the donburi and gyoza bowls.
UMI’s popular ramen dishes include the ultra spicy and not for the faint hearted Crazy Tonkotsu variety, with chashu pork belly, boiled egg, leeks, sweet corn and sesame seeds, batter and chili oil, grilled jalapeno, and chili sprigs.
There is also a KFC version with karaage fried chicken and truffle ramen which has truffle oil added to the chicken broth.
The closure of Kenji’s premises means owners Kenny and Jimmy Zhang will take care of 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 we got lots of compliments from customers. Even the staff appreciate the beautiful interior.