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This simple yet inviting first floor space features an open kitchen and counter dining. The cooking is Japanese but we’re not talking sushi; instead, a...
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Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Japanese, Asian, Healthy
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Definitely my favourite restaurant in Nottingham. Every dish is so packed full of flavour. An absolute must try! Can’t wait to go back.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Booked months in advance and was so looking forward to it. Food was Ok but service let it down. We were aware of the 90minute sitting - we were asked if we wanted dessert and after ordering that and Sake it was delivered along with...the bill saying “you have 5 minutes left to vacate the table”. You could tell the waitress felt uncomfortable saying this but manager promptly followed with the card machine. I hadn’t even finished my dessert!! I have never felt rushed out a restaurant and it ruined the whole experience. Won’t be returning and will be sharing my views with others. You are prioritising quantity over a quality customer experience.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Staff so friendly and helpful pla e looks great inside very well laid out considering the size and welcoming. Let's just cut to the chase... If you only do 1 worthwhile thing in your life come here and try their prawn toast. Everything was cooked...perfectly with such interesting flavours, even the sticky rice is divine £80 for 2 with drinks for this experience? Yes pleaseMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here for my birthday meal this evening with a friend and was also my first time. The atmosphere was really lovely, the staff were also lovely and the food was amazing, my friend and I had a really lovely time until it came to...paying our bill. We decided to not pay the service charge, no reason, we just didn't want to (and we're allowed to not want to) then the waitress at first questioned what we were paying as she thought we weren't paying the right amount and then worked out while in the middle of her thoughts that we removed the service charge. She then left and came back and we were then asked for 'feedback' as to why we didn't want to pay the service charge...there's is no way that this can be asked without it being rude, this question shouldn't have been asked at all. We do not have to explain why we don't want to give our money, like what the hell, who does that? Other than what we owe for the meal, a customers money, a customers finances and choices around that are non of your business. And we left with the staff members huddled around the till obviously being told and talking about that we didn't pay a tip. A tip is optional. We weren't a big table either, just my friend and I. I've never felt so awkward leaving a restaurant, I've never gone to a birthday meal to then feeling icky and shamed for something that was our CHOICE, and that was carried into the rest of my evening. As good as this place is I'm probably not going to go back and I will be letting my friends know that this was my experience. No one appreciates being questioned about why they dont give you money. If you want to pay a tip then cool, there are times where I do, on this occasion I just decided not too, no biggy, but you don't get to question your customers on why they didn't want to hand you extra cash. If you want feedback then do what Bar Iberico do and provide a feedback card that comes with the bill. If that hadn't have happened this would have been a five star rating, but the lack of etiquette overshadowed the rest of our evening celebrating my birthday. Not cool.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So my husband took me out on valentines night he booked this as a surprise all I knew was it was in Nottingham I was expecting sat bains so I was really upset when we arrived and wanted to leave as it’s not the best...entrance please get some lanterns for the entrance and some bamboo or something.. anyway I am sooooooo glad we stayed the food was really really lovely every mouthful was divine and I never eat deserts but they were just amazing cocktails beautifully mixed and I thought the staff were lovely Thankyou so much we will definitely come back for sure so yummyMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I came here to celebrate our joint birthday/valentines as a treat. We'd visited before and had a wonderful experience so were super excited to return after booking 4 months in advance. The food itself is absolutely stunning, we opted for a couple...of dishes from each section of the menu and everything was beautifully cooked and presented. The prawn sando is particularly good, as is the amazake pudding. Outside of the food, however, we were left feeling a little disappointed. We were seated right next to the bar, and our initial server interaction was nothing more than a taking of orders. We weren't welcomed in, notified about the specials board (which I definitely would have ordered off of), drinks were passed over the bar itself and dropped onto our table, we weren't offered water or another drink order, and the pots with napkins and chopsticks used for the tables were jostled around and replenished by my head. I'd also loved to have had the dishes explained as they're presented, given the intricacy of the compositions. This might all sound quite nitpicky, but given the price point of Kushi-ya, the quality of the food and the 10% service charge, we were expecting more to make the place and experience feel as special as the food is.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food and service was excellent. We had mixture of snacks, small plates and skewers. Every dish was absolutely delicious, beautifully prepared and each leaving you want just a little bit more.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So the downfall of mine and Mrs N occupation is that we can't always get time off together. So to celebrate my birthday we looked where to go locally for a midweek meal. I'd heard about Kushi Ya and we managed to get a booking....It's a small compact restaurant, with an open kitchen and a busy vibe. We were greeted and seated and then looked at the menus. There is a great selection of little plates and I really liked the way that they come as and when they are ready, rather than in courses. Special mention to the edamame beans a salty sweet char grilled bowl of loveliness. The Tuna Tatake and the braised pork shoulder 🤤🤤. I chose a glass of sake and let our server choose which one, I ended up with Yuzu flavoured and it was stunning. So much so that my wife who tried a small sip, has made me order a bottle, as she wanted a glass but was driving. Overall a great informal place to sample some stunning food in a relaxed casual atmosphere, we will be visiting again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, one of my new found favourite places. Ordered a bit of everything and can’t complain about 1 dish. All were fantastic. Some really great flavours going on. My top 3 dishes though were the prawn toast, prawn sando and matcha cheesecake. 100% recommended.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 20 January 2024

My husband and I have been trying to get in here for lunch- for ages. Previously always full. There was one free table on this visit. I have to say that the entrance to the alley is disgusting- the path littered with debris and cigarette...ends, but all was fine once in the cafe. The decor is very plain and simple- not cosy on the very cold day that we visited. The staff were friendly and helpful and the food was delicious and reasonably priced. I appreciate that the alley is shared with other businesses, but it is not pleasant going in and out.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 December 2023 via mobile

I'm not sure how Kushi-ya manage to pull off some of the best food I've eaten with amazing value.. It's a pretty rare feat and the reason there's a huge waiting list for the evenings and a qurue at lunch time.. Simply brilliant

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

The food was amazing, and we were really looking forward to going as had to book 6 months in advance! Things were going really well until the waitress knocked a bottle of red wine over my husband. Whilst we understand that accidents happen, wasn’t very...impressed with the manager’s response. He took the bottle of wine off our bill ( which you would expect as most of it was over my husband’s Hugo boss outfit). But no consideration for our dry cleaning bill, in fact we were just asked to email info@ when we got home to resolve the matter??? Food is lovely, but the evening ended up a disappointmentMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Tom Clay, Marketing at Kushi-ya, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2023

Thought we would respond to this one to clarify a few bits. First of all we’re happy you enjoyed the food thanks for the positive feedback!! As you said one of our staff accidentally spilt some wine on one of your guests. Although it was...More

Reviewed 14 October 2023

Can you please stop giving this restaurant 5 star reviews. For heaven sake stop telling your friends about the great food and lovely service. It would also help enormously if you stop going at the weekend to my favourite restaurant - you're making it difficult...for me to get a table...More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 13 October 2023

Father in law tested Positive with covid and so did my Brother in law, we called to cancel for them to say 'Sorry you are within the 24 hours cancellation period' and they continued to take out £150 from our bank. It is in their...T's and C's that it is a £30 per head security deposit. (Table of 5) Given the circumstances, i am just upset we were not given the option to rebook for 2 weeks time. I understand they are a small venue and must make targets, but after much dispute I am afraid I will not be booking. This was meant to be a nice occasion but turned into a nightmare. Just be aware when booking in advanced. I'd risk turning up on the day to save this error.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2023

So, finally managed to bag a table at Kushi-ya; it's small and very popular. Had to settle for lateish on a Wednesday. Well worth the wait though - food quality was very high indeed, especially for Nottingham; this place would be more at home in...Shoreditch! This is a "small plates" venue, and five had us both well fed after the obligatory prawn cracker starter (which were the best we'd ever had). Very interesting, tasty combinations, expertly cooked and well deserving of Michelin's "bib gourmand". Desserts definitely not an afterthought (especially the matcha cheesecake). Very informative and enthisiastic waitress. We got out for £108 for two inc. bottle of wine, two glasses of dessert wine, and service (which was 10%; a rarity these days). That's great value for the skills on show. Planning on bringing friends and family soon...if we can get a table.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Geoff G
4 August 2022|
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Response from Kushi-ya | Property representative |
Hi Geoff, It’s very frustrating for us. Attempting to avoid cancellation fee by attending then saying we aren’t hungry and ordering two drinks. We’re a small venue and rely on every cover.
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Response from Kushi-ya | Property representative |
Hi, We recommend 3-4 dishes per person plus rice. Many thanks Team Kushi-ya
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