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Edo Reviewed – Redditch’s First Japanese Restaurant Dazzling ‘Dancing Food’ – Alison Brinkworth

It’s been a long time, but Redditch finally has their first Japanese restaurant and it’s likely to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics when the culture and cuisine of the Asian country is fresh on people’s minds.

Edo has set up his stand with an extensive specialty menu that offers authentic and deliciously unique dishes, including “dancing foods” that simmer and move on a hotplate, but more on that later.

When I was in Japan I was captivated by the delicate handling of food, both in the way it was prepared and beautifully presented, and this expert technique is what I hoped to see here. Especially since the owner also runs the very traditional Tsukiji Japanese cuisine restaurant on Station Street in Birmingham city center.

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This large, spacious restaurant is right across from The Quadrant’s main post office in the city center and a short walk from Kingfisher Shopping Center and Redditch Bus and Train Stations, so it’s easy to get to if you’re going. from other towns in Worcestershire.

Authentic selection of beautifully presented food in Edo

Japanese-influenced decor in Edo

There is a feng shui vibe in the oriental influenced dining room with fish symbols on the entrance mats (symbol of good luck), a wall painted with the “Great Wave off Kanagawa” artwork. and even a pretty zen garden in what was once a fireplace.

Large windows make the dining area bright, but although it has enough room to triple those being served at the moment, it currently only uses the front part of around 15 tables.

This is because, like many in the hospitality industry, it faces a staff shortage and the young waiters it has are always upgrading themselves on the menu. It is wise to book in advance to guarantee a table.

How is the service at Edo?

The Japanese are known for their high technology and you won’t find a paper menu in sight. Instead, everything is ordered online at your table via a supplied tablet or via a QR code on your own phone.

This can add a bit of time and seem overwhelming for those of us who are having technical difficulties, especially since the team is coming to check your order as many people have clicked on the wrong items.

There are waiters, who are friendly and on hand for technical advice, but they are mainly there to bring food and drinks to the tables and do not take any orders from you.

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Edo is Redditch’s first Japanese restaurant and is part of the Quadrant

Is Japanese cuisine authentic in Edo?

The online menu is extensive and caters to newcomers to Japanese cuisine and expats who want authentic food that reminds them of their home in Asia.

Yes, there are plenty of raw fish – very good quality – among the long list of sushi, sashimi, maki and more, made with octopus, salmon, tiger prawns, tuna and, of course, wagyu beef. .

But there are also some well-designed dishes that aren’t that far off for Western palettes. Vegetable tempura or prawns have a deliciously light and crispy airy dough. The dumpling-like chicken gyoza are deliciously Moorish with tender toppings that melt in your mouth.

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Main courses range from spicy hot pots of ramen or sukiyaki to wagyu teppanyaki, where the premium beef has been sizzling on a griddle. I tried the teriyaki chicken rice, which was bursting with juicy oriental flavors and was a perfect balance with the sticky rice.

One of the prettiest and tastiest dishes is the chicken okonomiyaki which is described by the staff as “dance food”. It’s a fried chicken, cabbage and onion wrapped in an egg pancake and smothered in a sort of creamy mayonnaise and soy sauce.

It is served in a very hot pan so that the heat shines the tiny dried fish wafers that cover it like leaves on top. It’s fascinating to watch and even better to eat. Creamy and tangy with a succulent chicken that brings it all together. Simply fantastic.

The cost

The portions are large with the intention that most of what you order will be shared on the table.

A Royal Enfield bike, made in Redditch

There are high-end dishes, such as wagyu teppanyaki (£ 38.90) which are more expensive, but the combos of sharing a dozen pieces of big fish sushi starting at £ 10.90 offer a good deal. value for money for the high quality products you eat.

On more regular portions, a five-piece plate of chicken gyoza appetizers costs £ 5.20 and a six-avocado sushi plate costs £ 3.20 with fish sashimi between £ 6.50 and £ 8, £ 50.

For main courses, a dish of ramen, okonomiyaki, terriyaki chicken rice, or katsu curry starts at around £ 8.50, which is a reasonable price.

Overall, expect to pay between £ 15-20 per person to cover a few starters, a main course and a drink.

The verdict

It seems surprising that it took so long for a Japanese restaurant to open in Redditch, but it was worth the wait to have such an upscale restaurant like Edo.

The quality of the food and the know-how of its preparation allow it to offer delicious and authentic dishes that will please everyone.

While the owner mentioned that her Birmingham Tsukiji restaurant serves slightly more hardcore traditional Japanese cuisine, Edo is ideal for an area that is not yet fully immersed in this cuisine.

The sophisticated, high-tech ordering system may annoy some, and it has yet to hit full service or atmosphere in the large, half-used restaurant space as it waits to hire more staff.

Having said that, in terms of food, when you leave the restaurant you will be rubbing your satisfied stomach like a lucky Buddha and rushing to tell your friends about the dancing food.

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