A shelf displaying Hitachino Ales imported from Japan at Japanese restaurant Yuzu in Manchester city centre
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Yuzu is a neighbourhood-style Japanese restaurant offering refreshingly uncomplicated dishes served in Zen-like surroundings. You won’t find a conveyor belt of sushi here, but something altogether more traditional, such as spanking fresh sashimi.

The core of the menu is a range of big rice bowls such as donburi (seasoned sushi rice) or plump udon noodles topped with grilled meats or light tempura, and finished with a seaweed garnish. The agedashi tofu is a highlight; its delicate, crisp coating gives way to a quivering, melt in the mouth middle.

A daily chalkboard of specials might include oyster katsu, seared tuna with ginger, or occasionally, grilled whole sea bream. Each one is prepared with that typically Japanese balance of precision and simplicity.

There is a carefully chosen range of award-winning sake and classic Japanese bottled beers from Hitachino Ales to wash it all down. Look out for varieties such as Red Rice Ale, Saison du Japon, Dai Dai (Japanese orange) Ale, Espresso Stout and Sweet Stout.

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  • Good for vegetarians
  • Good for seafood
  • Good value
39 Faulkner St, Manchester M1 4EE, UK
Tel: 0161 236 4159 yuzumanchester.co.uk Our review Read 15.5/20
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