Mikaku

4.3
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38 reviews
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£25 and under
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Japanese

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An authentic Japanese Izakaya style restaurant, designed to let you share many different dishes while drinking and catching up. We still serve our much-loved ramen but have evolved into an entirely new experience. Mikaku = Sensation of Taste and Flavour
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4.4
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4.2
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4.1
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Rory
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service.
Everything's worth trying.

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BarbaraD
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quirky, friendly and comfortable little restaurant. Brilliant for when you want something tasty and not sure how hungry you are. The fried chicken was a revelation. Wonderful food and great value for money

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food amazing as always

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ChantelleM
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing!! Best ramen I’ve had so far and the Korean Fried Chicken is unbelievable!

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SarahF
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, the waiting staff friendly, it’s reasonably priced and I’ll definitely go back

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JulieC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Our initial impressions were good, with seaweed and edamame starters delicate and tasty. The chicken kaarage was also tasty, however perhaps a bit over-fried. The gyoza dumplings were so-so, unremarkable in flavour and were served first with empty sauce bowls (understandable that things can be missed) .
MOst disappointing were the skewers, extremely over-fried and lacking substance, especially the okra and green beans. Dessert choice of fruit salad contained only one of the fruits mentioned on the menu, there was no mango and it was served with icecream and cream, when we chose it as a vegan option (granted this was explained as a menu printing error). It was a pity as there were some good things overshadowed by the bad and Mikaku did not live up to Jay Rayner's review so we will not recommend to others.

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KirstiS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was so tasty! I hadn’t been before but wanted to try some different things so had a small ramen bowl and 3 dumplings - perfect meal size. My friends all enjoyed their meals (dumplings, katsu curries, ramen, wings) and it came to less than £10 each including drinks.
The staff were super friendly and helpful.
The only thing was - it was a freezing cold day and we were sitting in one of the window booths. The door doesn’t always close properly so a cold breeze kept blowing on us. That is our only criticism. We loved Mikaku and will be back again!

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AndrewR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We didn't get round to having any food as unfortunately the table we were offered was at the window (usually a good thing) but in this instance was absolutely freezing, I could feel the cold before I even sat down. We were offered another, but with backless stools. I'm afraid perching on a stool for dinner is not my thing so we just left. A pity as I'd been looking forward to it.

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Nova
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service. Keep going back, one of the best Japanese food places I've tried in the UK. The fact they do half portions is a winner too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place, may be very busy and someone they run out of certain items but always worth it if you love ramen.

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paulk
London
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Visited on 27th Dec.

No wings.
No fried chicken.
No eggs.
No good.

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DouglasM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The karaage chicken is particularly good but so too are the ramen bowls and the home made kimchee. Outstanding value too.

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simonb
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food. Good value. Quirky restaurant. Beef Bulgogi gyoza and grilled skewers very tasty. Good Kim Chi.

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Tasha
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amaaaazing - what a great vibe, brilliant tunes and absolutely delicious food! The staff were super lovely as well, this will be a new regular I think... Thanks!!

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JayRaynerFan
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

tasty, good value, knowledgeable staff
good variety of dishes and portion sizes
a bit quiet when we were there, so a bit cold - still a decent atmosphere
will be back, preferably in a large group in the evening

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EdenB
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food (especially the pork dumplings!) the Tokyo tea party drink was great too.

Also amazing friendly and attentive staff :) will be back next time I’m in Glasgow for sure!

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GordonR
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, loved it, looking forward to going back.

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mutley1
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is svery good, service ok but a couple of items were missed off owever once they were alerted they qickly recrified and deducted charge from final bill

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Glw1
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience1

I’m afraid the only thing to recommend Mikaku is the genuinely lovely and charming staff; they were a pleasure on the night. Apart from that, the place was absolutely FREEZING cold, so deeply uncomfortable and unpleasant to be in, the food was at best very mediocre, bland, pretty flavourless, not served very warm, and a pain in the butt to eat - everything was the ubiquitous small sharing plates - but no individual plates for us to use ourselves. I asked for cutlery as opposed to chopsticks, and was handed a not very clean fork.
We went on the recommendation of the Jay Rayner review, but good grief, can only think he was p*ssed when he visited. Cost £60 for two, complete rip off. Sorry, not going back - will stick to Wagamama for bog standard but consistent similar food with more flavour, and Opium for absolutely the best East Asian food in the city (incomparable).

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AnneNonnyMouse
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Despite friendly staff, great food and excellent drinks, Mikaku was simply too cold to enjoy. Every time the door opened there'd be a blast of freezing air and it just make for an uncomfortable evening.
We had specifically booked for a special event which, for whatever lack of organisation, was terribly delayed and we were so cold by the time it started that not even an offer of a free drink could convince us to stay.
It's a shame as it could be a nice venue, but the management need to pay a lot more attention to their organisation and how they ensure customer comfort.

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PaulM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Cannot fault the food to be honest every dish was great, fresh and full of flavour. Sitting for half an hour without a drink was disappointing. Also sitting directly in front of the front door which was constantly opening and closing causing a cold draft was not ideal. Lovely food but a lot of other issues needing sorted before it could have been a more enjoyable experience.

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MartinM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing better than a large bowl of ramen on a freezing cold Saturday night - served with style and with some really good junmai sake. And good kushi-yake (especially the mushrooms). We'll be back!

MM
MartinM
Manchester
12 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went to Mikaku because we were back in Glasgow to see our daughter and Jay Rayner raved about it in the Observer.
He is rarely wrong about any review and was spot on here.
We loved all the food we choose but especially the Tonkotsu, the spinach, the kimchi and the chicken Karaaage. In fact it was all delicious and so easy to order. Plus great value for money. Beer and wine (good quality) at very reasonable prices. For three the whole bill was less than £25 a head. Amazing and we will be back next time we're in the city. Please come to Manchester. The ambience and dining experience was relaxed and welcoming. No loud tables- people too busy eating.
Service, as usual in Glasgow was friendly, no fuss and efficient.
A big thank you Jay and folks at Mikaku.

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DarrenW
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding, I was with 4 other guys and there wasn't one disappointing plate of food.

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HannahM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and drink. Excellent value for money. ❤️

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PaulM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Yes, I would certainly revisit Mikaku, and would recommend to family and friends

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Glasgow3
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Enjoyable night. Good a little slow arriving but excellent when it arrived

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KathleenC
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

This is like a restaurant that just doesnt care. Sloppy,indifferent sevice, sticky tables and too long a wait for food. First dish rice then an hour or so later our last dish,even for a tasting menu that doesnt work on a night out. There are plenty other Japanese restaurants in Glasgow so I wont return.

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LornaS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasty ramen with good choice of side dishes Very good value

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VirginiaC
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very atmospheric, great food and a fun place to visit.

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RosheenT
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great staff will definitely be back .

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taniae
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal and super service. We were late and they kept our table.

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IainMcD
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After hearing about Mikaku for a while found some time to finally go check it out and it certainly delivered!

Styling, food & drinks were all amazing and tasted fantastic! Will definatley be going back soon!

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TrishyTrish
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Beautifully decorated, excellent service, food was a little greasy but great value for money. Would come again.

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RyanW
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Japanese food I have ever had, encouraged me to eat outside my comfort zone and the service was brilliant. You need to go here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food was exceptional and good value for money. However, the service was very disappointing. We were shown to a shared table where 3 diners were already seated and yet there were 3 empty tables in the restaurant. I would totally understand this if the restaurant was busy but it clearly wasn’t on this occasion. I didn’t mind this initially as the other tables appeared to be reserved. However, shortly after we arrived a table of 2 were seated at a single six seated table alone, we were a party 4 seated at a shared table with 3 other diners.

We had to prompt the waiting staff to take our order. I’m totally fine with relaxed dining but we were seated then forgotten about, a drinks order wasn’t even taken after we arrived. Disappointing as the ethos of the restaurant appears to be around enjoying food whilst socialising. Furthermore the waiter could not give us any advice on Sake and openly admitted to being clueless about it but did not ask a colleague to assist. A different waiter who delivered our mal-informed choice of Sake to the table seemed to have a reasonable knowledge on the subject.

The food, in short, saved the day. It was excellent, fantastic and the ambience of the restaurant was great. I would certainly come back for these reasons.

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SamP
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Japanese food in Glasgow. Go there.
**

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OpenTable Diner
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was 1st time and out for birthday celebration. By advising it was a Birthday as part of the booking the staff made a special cocktail ( free of charge)
Couldn’t beat service, ambience and price & taste of food.
Will definitely be back.

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Mikaku is rated 4.3 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.