Gaijin Sushi

4.8
55 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Sushi
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Located on Bristol Street, Gaijin is the newest sushi mecca.

Having done a stint at the Great Western Arcade’s Sushi Passion, Michal (co-owner and head chef of Gaijin) decided the time was ripe to spread his wings and open up his own ode to sushi – showcasing his talents with a menu that is smash hit after smash hit.

We have only 10 Seats, because of this, we can provide you with a private dining experience like no other!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday - Saturday:
2pm - 10pm
Sunday:
1pm - 7pm
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Phone number
0121 448 4250
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Michal Kubiak
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Parking Details
Free for an hour on street outside.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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KP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had heard good things about this restaurant and had tried the other sushi restaurants in the city centre. We had just got married and wanted a special meal so made a booking. We recognised the chef from a sushi restaurant we had visited previously and he had branched out to his own restaurant. It was a great experience. The food was extremely fresh and exceptional in taste. We learnt a lot about the sushi culture too and everyone sat nearby joined in conversations. Delicious food and we will be coming back!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good atmosphere. Will visit again soon. Fresh and clean food.

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RR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate setting with front row viewing of the chef preparing each dish. Really fresh! Will definitely be returning to try more of the menu. Would recommend for a date.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael & Matic, Do a fantastic job, great food, great drink & great conversation. What more could you ask for!

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ND
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing food, and the most important is the food is really fresh

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N
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the most incredible time at Gaijin Sushi this Friday. Michal the chef is so passionate about his food, his ingredients, his restaurant and his customers. 'Magic' the waiter was so friendly and attentive, and made sure we had everything we needed, and was patient when we didn't know what we wanted. Michal encouraged us to try new things, talked with real enthusiasm about his journey as a chef, and really encouraged us to be adventurous. I've not had a lot of sushi before, and was pretty nervous about being too out there with my choices, but this was absolutely the best place to try and branch out. Fantastic value for the quality of the food, worth every penny. I will definitely be back, I will definitely be telling friends to go there, and I will absolutely rave about it whenever I can.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Top quality sushi prepared in front of you by a great sushi chef who clearly enjoys his work. Not many seats so often best to book, especially for evenings.

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LO
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Delicious sushi, highly recommended.

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GH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, easy informal atmosphere and great service.

Top class sushi at reasonable prices

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l
London
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely dinner - tiny 10 seater restaurant where the sushi is prepared right in front of you! Food and drink beautifully presented, slightly more expensive than other restaurants around the Chinese quarter but good for special occasions/date nights. Would definitely recommend!

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Y
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my dinner there the day before yesterday. Really want to go again soon.

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DC
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best Sushi I have had. Staff are excellent and the food is delightful! Really refreshing to find a gimmick free sushi place. Could not fault this place at all. Best sushi in Birmingham by far in my opinion.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very Helpful Staff with Nice Environment! Recommend EVERYTHING on the menu as a Chinese sushi lover.

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LB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic place. Amazing food prepared in front of you and friendly and knowledgeable staff make the experience even better. Highly recommend.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best sushi I’ve ever had, made in front of you. Everything we had was so delicious. Service was very friendly and unobtrusive. Very relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, highly recommend!

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N
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Will definitely be coming back!

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JW
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic restarurant serving Birmingham’s best sushi. Not cheap but quality ingredients and genuine craftsmanship make it worth every penny.

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MC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food and excellent atmosphere! Highly recommend. Booking in advance recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super Essen.

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GW
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Proper sushi, best i had in Birmingham, small venue, unique setup allows you to observe the chef preparing your food

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P
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

We were late but I rang to say we would be late. On their website it said it had no licence so we took our own alcohol, only to be told off my the waiter because we took it into the restaurant. Terrible customer service with aggressive staff. They asked us to leave while we were eating because the next sitting was due, we had nearly finished. We won’t be going back.

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EB
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

High quality raw fish and friendly service!
Highly recommended

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D
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly authentic atmosphere and phenomial cuisine. A very cosy and personal experience with only 10 seats at the bar, you can see all food preparation and the craft in making sushi. An not overly extensive menu allows for variety and the freshest ingredients. Everything from simple Miso soup to finessed scallops was delicious and the best sushi I have eaten. Whilst it is on the more expensive side, I felt the cost was more than reasonable for the quality of the sushi. Be warned, other sushi after Gaijin's will have a lot to live upto.

10/10

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m
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food, amazing value, amazing experience. Definitely worth the drive.

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s
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time eating here and I’d eat here every day if I could - very simply it’s wonderul food in a wonderful location.... I would quite happily marry their smoked eel and if that turned me down I’d take the soft shell crab

WONDERFUL

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always! But this time with a special treat not even on the menu!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily the best sushi in Birmingham. My new favourite place.

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IS
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the cozy and private atmosphere - chef friendly at chatty - fast service and the portions are decent value for money - fresh quality and tasty fish.

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O
Northampton
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fancied sushi and we were in Birmingham so checked opentable to see what was around. Gaijin was highly rated on the app so we booked it. Had little expectations other than we were going to some generic sushi restaurant which we have seen and been to on many occasions in and out of the U.K.

Wrong!!

This small and cosy little restaurant seats 10 people comfortably around the Chef in an L shape seating arrangement with clear visibility of his preparations. The waiter for the evening was helpful and knowledgeable of the dishes that were on offer. We declined his knowledge as we assumed we knew what we were getting. It was only after hearing him talk to other diners we realised that maybe we should’ve asked some questions.

The drinks menu is a small offering of 2 Japanese branded lagers and 2 local beers with of course soft drinks available. For us this was perfect and we went with the Japanese lagers for a more authentic feel.

The food menu is pretty simple and straightforward but absolutely delicious. If I am honest we were expecting the standard cooked fish on/with rice as so many places do these days as they don’t want to risk poisoning anyone it seems.

Gaijin seems the real deal and is the closest thing to real Japanese sushi either of us have had. (Closest being prepared by a Japanese sushi master in Japan). We tried the assorted sashimi and assorted nigri and I cannot find fault. It was truly delicious. I struggled slightly with the salmon which I expected as I can’t cope with the texture of uncooked salmon but that aside we could’ve easily ordered more.

We also tried the miso soup which was not what either of us expected having tried miso soup in other places. We also tried the prawn tempura which were also....you guessed it....delicious.

Gaijin without a doubt had the best sushi and miso soup either of us have had before and would recommend a visit to any sushi fans.

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AC
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Visited on a Saturday evening for a date night having previously eaten the chef’s food at another Birmingham sushi spot. Very different atmosphere and much shorter menu but everything we ate was really tasty, fresh and well prepared. Great to watch your food being prepared and see what other patrons are enjoying. We’ll be back.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious sushi as always, would highly recommend the tempura roll!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great everything!

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j
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ate here for a second time, the food and the visual of watching the chef cook your food to order is just amazing def recommend

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MN
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best sushi and sashimi in Birmingham, by far!!

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Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic. My first sushi experience and it won’t be my last. What Michal Kubiak has achieved is something spectacular. Well worth the trip out

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JD
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best sushi and sashimi ever was the considered opinion of my guest who is a frequent visitor to Japan. Excellent plum wine.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super food and really fresh. The soft shell crab was amazing.

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ZC
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took hubby out for a father's day lunch (without the kiddo). Picked Gaijin Sushi as we wanted to try something different plus they had options for vegetarians and vegans which is what we both are. Small, intimate, relaxing environment. Such a novelty to be able to watch the Sushi Chef prepare the food - all part of the entertainment, I guess. Waiter / host was warm and welcoming with his wide smile and helpful nature. We ordered every veggie option on the menu (greedy I know) and enjoyed it all. Our bill came to just under £40 which for the amount of food we ordered was exceptional. That's not to say you can't rack up a bill if you like, sea urchin for example.

Most certainly worth a visit and it's nice that it is located away from the hustle and bustle of the City Centre, although still within walking distance. I am starting to tire of crowded restaurants with how hectic life is these days to places like Gaijin Sushi provide a bit of a sanctuary.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I treated my girlfriend for lunch here for our anniversary. Fantastic food, tentative service and the gentleman was extremely friendly, helpful who provided us with the food.

We didn’t really manage to speak to the chef, who was also friendly. He regularly asked for feedback on the sushi dishes that we tried.

Will definitely return and will strongly recommend to others (I already have)

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JL
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday with my partner, the food is excellent! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves sushi. The chef is amazing at his work and the staff are friendly and informative. I am definitely going again, you have to try everything!!

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