Gaijin Sushi

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143 reviews
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Gaijin Sushi is the brain child of chef/director, Michal Kubiak.

Having opened in March 2018, and receiving excellent reviews, including the Guardian in our first month, we are proud to offer a unique experience. You can sit around our sushi bar, which sits 10 and watch Michal creating the sushi right before your eyes! We guarantee you won't find anything else like this in Birmingham.

If your don't believe us, read our reviews! Let our guests tell you what it is like!
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SD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience, best sushi I have ever eaten outside of Japan!

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

Fantastic sushi bar, where good quality ingredients are allowed to shine. My favourite dishes were actually the simplest. Scallop nigiri and clam nigiri were both wonderful, with subtle flavour and variation of texture. I also liked how all the food was prepared in front of you, showed great confidence.
It’s quite small, so would recommend booking. Some people were (politely) turned away who hadn’t booked.

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GB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most delicious sushi I've ever had. The right temperature, very fresh and varied.

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S
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved the atmosphere and was welcomed as soon as we open the door. Of course the food and drink were brilliant and the service was incredibly quick despite the restaurant being full.I will definitely be making another visit soon.

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing little place, really nice arrangement of seats around the bar where you can watch the food being meticulously prepared. The food was incredible, very fresh and beautifully presented. Staff were very friendly and the environment was very relaxed.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sushi in a really relaxed atmosphere. Staff were friendly, welcoming and very knowledgeable

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b
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Best Sushi in Birmingham !

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SG
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gaijin Sushi is a gem in the culinary landscape of Birmingham.
The quality of service and sashimi are amazing combined with the intimate atmosphere and interaction with staff are all wonderful and when experienced together lead to some of the best dining experiences you will experience.
My girlfriend and I can't rate Gaijin highly enough.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the fish was wonderful and the sushi was delicious. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. I would highly recommend them, definitely the best sushi I’ve had in Birmingham!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable dishes, fresh produce, amazing flavours and great value for money. There's nothing to dislike about this place. 1st time trying sea urchins and they didn't disappoint, so fresh with a great flavour of the sea. Will certainly be returning

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We booked dinner to celebrate my sister’s birthday. The food was delicious, a really interesting mix of fish. The team were really kind and helped me to organise a cake to finish off our meal. I will be booking again soon - remember to bring cash as you can’t tip on card, you will definitely want to.

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KM
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic meal here on 09/03 - the food was light, expertly prepared and something different to what we would usually eat on a night out. The staff were great and being so close to the chef as he prepared the dishes made it a real experience. We thought it was excellent value and will certainly return in the future.

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RC
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, wonderful staff, and a cool little place. Will return.

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OM
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Genuinely excellent. Second visit and I can’t wait to dine again. The service is friendly and professional, and the quality of the ingredients and execution are exceptional. Well done!

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Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal.
Quality ingredients.
Nice environment.
Chef engaging and helpful with recommendations.
Eel nigiri a must.
Wine a little pricey but very good nonetheless. Gaijin special gin recommended.

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FR
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The blue fin tuna melts in your mouth and the guys only use the freshest ingredients. The guys are also really friendly! Definitely recommend coming here.

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YH
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best sushi we've had outside of Japan. Not overly expensive, good grown up eating without any gimmicks.

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CS
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the best sushi ever in this place.
It was a real pleasure to watch the chef preparing the fish and making sushi, very delicate.
The decoration of the place is beautiful, minimalist. The staff is nice at the atmosphere is very quiet.
Fish is so fresh and tasty that melts in your mouth and the rice is perfectly cooked.
It is more expensive than a standard restaurant but worth every penny. I would highly recommend it for a different experience

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N
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My partner and I went to the restaurant for an early Saturday dinner before going to a concert nearby. We were greeted very warmly by the server, who was courteous and attentive all of the time. The ambiance of the place is very minimalistic, bordering on sparse. There is one table, and the rest of the seats are by the bar; I believe there are around 12 covers in total if I'm not mistaken.

We had the nigiri set for one (which included miso soup and nine pieces of assorted nigiri), crispy prawns, spicy tuna roll, vegetable roll and eel nigiri between us. The food was freshly made to order and delicious. The portion of crispy prawns was very generous and cooked perfectly. The nigiri didn't disintegrate when having a bite taken out of it or dipped into soy sauce which is a pet peeve of mine when eating sushi! The spicy tuna roll and vegetable roll were beautifully constructed morsels full of flavour. And the eel nigiri... oh boy. It was so good I ordered another portion straight after.

As for value - yes, one might argue that it's just fancy rice and fish, but if you take the freshness of the ingredients into account, and the labour and precision that goes into making these morsels, the pricing is more than fair. The meal was fantastic and would totally recommend it, and is a must if you are a fan of sushi.

I wish the restaurant best of luck with their endeavour as it's very nice to see a small, independent business to succeed. My partner and I will most certainly be back.

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L
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and brilliant service. I had hoped we'd have some interaction with the chef while he prepared the sushi as he does it in front you but the only chat was from the waiter. The chairs at the bar were quite uncomfortable especially if you're short (as I am) but other than that it was a great experience.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

incredible sushi and friendly, attentive service

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EB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The host / waiter was really friendly. Food was amazing, would definitely return. I had a glass of the plum wine which was lovely and sweet. My boyfriend and I really enjoyed the food and the intimate setting. It was lovely to see the chef at work. Would recommend.

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b
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely evening . Highly recommend . This is certainly the best Sushi in Birmingham !
Great for couples and groups ! Lovely atmosphere ! Friendly staff ! Will be our go to for sushi from now on !

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AS
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Top notch sushi, freshly prepared whilst you wait.
We had a selection of dishes which were all prepared to a very higher standard using the best ingredients.
Beautifully presented.
Only one table available (which we had), the rest of the seating is high chair style around the chef’s work area.
Probably the best sushi I’ve tasted but this quality does come reflected in the price.
Will definitely return for another visit.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It would have been nice if the chef was a bit more interactive with his customers as the bar seats only accommodate for 10 people at a time (max) so it would have been a more personalised experience for the money we pay. It was a bit awkward sitting in silence starring at the chef do his thing on the bar seats. Sushi, however, was excellent. Is it worth the money? I would give a 4/5 for that.

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CC
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the quality of the food, the calm quiet simplicity of the place and the people : staff and diners. The name is so clever too. Ill be going back a lot!

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TR
London
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a gem of a place, you really get a feeling that this is house serious sushi restaurants in Japan might be, the chef (and owner I believe?) is very calming to watch, as he brings together a beautiful and delicious plate of sushi, and he and the rest of his team are very warm and friendly, I will be back next time I'm in Birmingham.

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RL
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant food, very friendly atmosphere, highly recommended.

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YU
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food, highly recommend Bluefin. Fair service

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C
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely fresh, well made food, good location almost opposite the 02, Birmingham. Great to watch the chef at work from the bar.

Only criticism is the bar stools are not very comfortable for shorter customers (the foot rest is a long way from the seat).

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A
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Amazing value and attentive service. Definitely coming back again. Couldn't recommend it enough for sushi lovers

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SC
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best sushi in Birmingham. Don't miss out on the miso or one of the fresh handrolls. Will be returning very soon.

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P
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and service, great sushi, Prosecco and Mototown doesn't get better.

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FL
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing!
Food on point!
Service on point!

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o
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really lovely experience all round. It’s very small and so you get a great view of the sushi chef preparing everything for you. Food was excellent and overall value wasn’t too bad. Would recommend.

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HH
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really good Japanese food. Very fresh fish. Well presented. Basic cafe style but that was fine. Very helpful service.

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HB
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good sushi. Can watch it being prepared or there is one table available. Need to book as limited seats. Price ok for sushi.

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KM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best sushi places in Birmingham. All freshly prepared in front of you, small but delicious.

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S
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great sushi prepared in front of you at a fairly reasonable price, given the quality of the food. A varied menu without TOO much choice means that you can really pick out your favourites. Service was good and the restaurant was pleasant and clean. Probably the best sushi in and around Birmingham? Shame it's so small!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing night out with great service and excellent food!

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