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February 20, 2019

On Deanhaugh Street in Edinburgh's Stockbridge village, there is a new Japanese restaurant.

Umi has just opened in the basement premises which, over the years, have hosted restaurants such as La Concha, Sakura and Veritas.

Sushi, sashimi, ramen and tempura are all on the menu.

We would split the dynamite roll - filled with tempura soft shell crab - before getting face down in a bowl of the tonkatsu ramen.

It's described as a 'rich and creamy pork broth with ramen noodles, chasu pork belly, soft boiled egg, leek and nori seaweed'.

To be honest, they had me at 'rich and creamy pork broth'.

Umi is the sister restaurant to No. Fifteen Ramen and Rice, a Korean street food place which has been running on Bread Street for some time now.

Tonkatsu broth at Umi.

Tonkatsu broth at Umi. Pic: Facebook.

Shellfish masterclass and lunch

Sort of roughly in between Umi and No. Fifteen is Café St Honoré, a well-established restaurant on North West Thistle Street Lane.

Chef Director Neil Forbes has always been super keen on sourcing the best local and seasonal ingredients.

On Saturday 2nd March, he will be turning his attention to shellfish with a masterclass and two course lunch.

Chef will demonstrating how to make the most of shellfish such as lobster, langoustine, scallops, mussels, oysters and more.

There will be tasters throughout the class, including crispy lobster ravioli and oyster.

The class will be followed by a two-course lunch.

This is the menu:

Fife crab salad with rye crouton, apple and Katy Rodger’s crème fraîche 

Fillet of hake with Shetland blue shell mussels, Barra cockles, organic vegetables, our bacon, and shellfish bisque.

Tea, coffee and homemade tablet

The event costs £47.50 per person and includes a glass of fizz on arrival.  The idea is to arrive at noon for a 12.15pm start.

To book, call 0131 226 2211 or email