Top 9 Japanese Restaurants In Durham, England

japanese restaurants in durham

The dazzling city of Durham is a breathtaking blend of history, culture, and scenic beauty. This lovely city in northeast England is filled with family-friendly attractions and outdoor activities to enjoy. From hiking in the heather-covered dales through exploring historic attractions like Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle to admiring antiquities at Durham University Museum of Archaeology, your days here will be packed with great things to do. After you work up an appetite strolling along the Durham Riverside Walk or visiting the High Force Waterfall, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants where you can get a delicious meal. If you are craving Japanese cuisine, the list below has you covered. Read on for more information about the top Japanese restaurants in Durham, UK.

1. Ajiwai

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Posted by Ajiwai on Thursday, 13 June 2019

Ajiwai is a casual restaurant with a fabulous menu filled with both Japanese and Chinese dishes. This family-friendly restaurant offers both take-away as well as sit-down dining options. You can find a staggering variety of starters, sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, and more on their menu. Start your meal with appetizers like sumptuous yakitori or vegetable gyoza, then feast on entrees like unagi don or Ajiwai special rolls that include options like Durham chicken, double prawn tempura, and dark dragon. There are also delicious ramen and soba options to try, including the Dan Dan noodles, spicy mapo tofu ramen, and seafood yaki soba. In addition to the great regular menu, Ajiwai offers fantastic lunch specials too.


Address: 88 Claypath, Durham DH1 1RG, United Kingdom

Website: Ajiwai

Opening hours: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm (daily)

2. Nudo Sushi Box

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A fantastic option for a fresh, flavorful, and fun meal, Nudo Sushi Box has a delicious menu full of sushi selections, box options, and small plates. The first Nudo Sushi Box opened in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2013 and has since expanded to several locations across England. This restaurant is renowned for its jaw-dropping sushi selections, which include gunkan, osomaki, temaki, and nigiri options as well as its inventive dishes like sushi sandwiches. In addition to its magnificent box sets of tasty sushi, Nudo Sushi Box also offers hot meals like soups, curries, and rice dishes. Whatever you decide to order, don’t forget to grab a delicious bubble tea or creamy pudding for dessert!

Nudo Sushi Box

Address: The Gates Shopping, 85 North Rd, Durham DH1 4SJ, United Kingdom

Website: Nudo Sushi Box

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 8pm; Sun: 11am - 5pm

3. Zen

For a sumptuous sampling of Pan-Asian cuisine, you must head to Zen. This fantastic restaurant has a wide-ranging menu that is inspired by a multitude of Asian dishes, and there are many mouthwatering options to choose from. With starters, shareable small plates, noodles, rice bowls, curries, stir-frys, and skewers to enjoy, you won’t ever leave hungry from here. For Japanese-inspired dishes, opt for the sushi platter or dishes like gyoza ‘potsticker’ style, teriyaki beef stir-fry, and the Tokyo salmon. Zen also has an extensive drinks menu, which features Japanese beer as well as wines, cocktails, mocktails, and hot drinks.


Address: Court Ln, Durham DH1 3JS, United Kingdom

Website: Zen

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am

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4. YO! Gateshead MetroCentre

Set in the Gateshead MetroCentre, YO! is flavorful, fast, fresh, and the perfect place to snack on Japanese cuisine in Gateshead. This restaurant serves delicious sushi, ramen, yakisoba, salads, katsu curries, and more! From aromatic duck rolls through chicken gyoza to avocado nigiri, this vibrant restaurant offers both well-loved classics and inventive takes on traditional dishes. Enjoy a feast of delicious entrees, but make sure you save room for delicious desserts like dorayaki pancakes, chocolate mochi, or Japanese cheesecake.

YO! Gateshead MetroCentre

Address: Unit 1, 126 Yellow Mall, Metrocentre, Gateshead NE11 9XZ, United Kingdom

Website: YO! Gateshead MetroCentre

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 9pm; Sun: 11:30am - 7pm

5. Sushi Me Rollin'

Located in nearby Newcastle upon Tyne, Sushi Me Rollin’ is a lively restaurant that serves delicious, hand-crafted sushi options created with the freshest ingredients. This restaurant has an extensive selection of nigiri, maki, hosomaki, sashimi, temaki, and gunkan, and a chef’s selection that brims with an assortment of 30 pieces. You can also opt to build your own uramaki by choosing your own rice, filling, and mayo.

Sushi Me Rollin'

Address: Stack, Pilgrim St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6QE, United Kingdom

Website: Sushi Me Rollin’

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

6. Fujiyama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant

Posted by Fujiyama on Monday, 5 October 2015

Established in 1997, Fujiyama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant was one of the first teppanyaki restaurants to open in Newcastle upon Tyne and remains a popular option for sizzling, sumptuous meals. This restaurant specializes in teppanyaki, which is a style of preparation that uses an iron griddle to cook food. This interactive dining experience means that customers can watch a highly trained chef prepare their meal right in front of them. With seafood, meat, and vegetarian selections, there are plenty of customizable dining options as well as set banquets that include a starter, soup, and a hotplate main course to choose from. If you fancy something cold instead of hot, you can always go for something from the sushi menu.

Fujiyama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant

Address: 35-39 Bath Ln, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5SP, United Kingdom

Website: Fujiyama Teppanyaki Japanese Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 12pm - 2pm, 6pm - 11pm; Sat: 12pm - 11pm; Sun: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm

7. St Sushi

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Posted by St Sushi Japanese Restaurant on Tuesday, 8 December 2015

St Sushi is a stylish restaurant that serves a wonderful variety of traditional and popular Japanese dishes bursting with flavor. A favorite of Newcastle upon Tyne since it opened in 2006, this restaurant has a fantastic menu brimming with classic options like their signature sushi rolls, curry entrees, and wok dishes. From bento box sets to big bowls of soup noodles, there is something for everyone on the menu, including preparations like soft shell crab tempura and salmon teriyaki. Plenty of unique side dishes here offer a sampling of great Japanese flavors. If you still have room, finish off your meal with a sweet treat like green tea ice cream, dorayaki, or apple tempura.

St Sushi

Address: 89-93 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4AE, United Kingdom

Website: St Sushi

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 10:30pm; Sun: 12pm - 9pm (closed on Mon)

8. Umai Mi

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Umai Mi is a sophisticated restaurant with a Pan-Asian menu and a chic ambiance. This Newcastle upon Tyne restaurant offers an exciting blend of modern flavors inspired by classic dishes from across a range of Asian cultures. From sushi sets to soup noodles, rice dishes to ramen, Umai Mi has fantastic small plates, entrees, sharing platters, lunch deals and more. While there is a broad range of Asian dishes to choose from, the restaurant has quite a few Japanese specialities too, including gyoza, Japanese style soup noodles, doburi, sushi, and sashimi. The extensive drinks menu here includes wines, bottled beers, cocktails, hot drinks, and Japanese sake.

Umai Mi

Address: Unit 13 Grey’s Quarter Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AP, United Kingdom

Website: Umai Mi

Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)

9. Dojo Japanese Restaurant

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Posted by DOJO Japanese Restaurant on Friday, 30 August 2019

Dojo Japanese Restaurant is a casual Japanese restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne that serves classic favorites and traditional dishes. With a wide selection of small starters, snacks, soups, salads, sashimi, noodles and rice dishes, there is a lot to love at this restaurant. Whether you’re in the mood for hand-crafted sushi rolls, grilled entrees of fish or meat or traditional dishes like natto with squid, Dojo Japanese Restaurant offers a fantastic sampling of Japanese cuisine.

Dojo Japanese Restaurant

Address: 26 Stowell St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XQ, United Kingdom

Website: Dojo Japanese Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Thu: 11:30am - 10:30pm; Fri: 11:30am - 11:30pm; Sat: 11:30am - 11pm; Sun: 11:30am - 10pm (closed on Wed)

Japanese cuisine in delightful Durham

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Japanese restaurants around Durham provide mouthwatering meals packed with amazing flavor. From bento boxes and sushi sets to ramen and gyoza, the restaurants in this roundup are a great way to sample the unique flavors of Japan. Whether you’re craving a sushi snack or a hearty bowl of soup noodles on a chilly English day, these restaurants can satisfy any craving. So, next time hunger hits you, check out one of these Japanese restaurants in and around Durham, UK.

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