When it comes to cuisines that are delicious, fragrant and loved all over the world, it doesn’t get much better than Japanese food.
In Glasgow especially, you’ll know that there are so many Japanese restaurants popping up all over the city, each one unique and with its own selection of delicious dishes.
The art of Japanese cooking doesn’t come easy though. It takes years to perfect, but those who own restaurants know that authenticity is key to creating amazing food that keeps customers coming back again and again.
Sushi Ya on Union Street has been a favourite amongst locals and tourists since it first opened in 2019.
Run by Kenneth and his wife Elsa, the restaurant prides itself on using the finest and freshest ingredients in all of its meals.
And, thanks to over 20 years of studying Japanese cooking, Kenneth knows exactly how to create the most authentic dishes – and the most delicious ones too.
He said: “It’s really important to me that everything is authentic, and so I always use the best ingredients that I can find on the market.
“I created the whole menu, and I’m always adding to it. I always let the customers taste anything new I create, and if they like it it’ll get added to the menu.”
Kenneth and Elsa, both from Singapore, have been married since 2009.
And, with their two children also loving Japanese cuisine, Sushi Ya is very much a family affair.
Sushi and so much more
When customers come in to Sushi Ya, they’ll be met with an extensive menu that is always being built up and improved.
During lockdown, Sushi Ya only operated as a takeaway, but now you can sit in and take in the beautiful Japanese decor.
Starting with the obvious, there’s so many different types of sushi available.
From decadent California rolls filled with cucumber, crab sticks and avocado, to dragon rolls stuffed with delicious prawn tempura and teriyaki sauce, there’s a roll to suit everyone’s tastes.
For those with a more daring palette, sashimi – premium cuts of raw fish sliced thinly – is also on the menu, and you can choose from a selection of fish such as salmon, sea bass and even octopus.
Or, choose a lighter option with cucumber or avocado maki – simple sushi rolls that are delicious and vegan-friendly.
One of the most popular dishes on the menu is ramen, a traditional Japanese soup.
Kenneth spent months going around and trying the ramen at other Glasgow restaurants before creating his own, and reckons his is the best you can get.
He said: “It takes us 16 hours to make the broth. I’d recommend it to anyone who comes in.”
The broth is topped with a selection of delicious ingredients such as boiled egg, beansprouts, seaweed, shredded mushrooms and your choice of a meat or vegan option.
It can be customised to suit everyone’s palette, adding in miso for a deeper flavour or chilli for more spice.
And again, there are plenty of vegan and vegetarian alternatives for a delicious bowl of ramen, minus the meat.
Curries and noodles
If a rich and creamy curry is what you normally go for, you’ll love the selection that Sushi Ya have to offer.
The classic favourite katsu curry, with its warm and spicy sauce, is a firm favourite amongst customers and is available in a range of different proteins such as golden breaded chicken, vegetable tempura or grilled tofu.
Or, if noodles are more your thing, choose from a selection of flavourful dishes such as curry udon noodles with crispy chicken, sweet and sour chilli stir fry and traditional Japanese fried soba noodles.
Every single item on the menu is freshly prepared and made by hand, so you can be sure you’re getting the very best Japanese cuisine that Glasgow has to offer.
Kenneth and Elsa can’t wait to welcome you in and have your favourite Japanese dishes prepared for you.
And, if you show this page at the restaurant, you can get 20% off your bill until September 31.
Visit Sushi Ya today at 55 Union Street, Glasgow, G1 3RB. Or, visit the website to place an order for delivery – restrictions apply.