Edamame is an absolute jewel in the Oxford crown (the foodie crown that is). If you live in or near to Oxford- or are thinking of visiting anytime soon- I urge you to try it. This unique, independent restaurant serves Japanese food (albeit at slightly restricted times of day) and houses a brilliant sushi night every Thursday. As a restaurant, it is not pretentious, it is not expensive, it is rather, fairly basic to the naked eye, but it is superb: there tends to be a queue most nights! It is not really the place for an intimate meal with a loved one as you will probably sit around a table with fellow diners, but it is cosy, relaxed and fun.
When it comes to the food, no matter what you think you like, I would recommend tasting a little bit of as much as possible. Particular sushi highlights for me have to be the spicy tuna gunkanzushi (fresh tuna with chilli), the unagi nigirizushi (freshwater eel with a sweet soy and eel sauce), the makizushi rolls (salmon, avocado, cucumber and pickled radish) and the miso soup… so, pretty much all of it! I previously had it in my head that I didn’t like miso soup, but how wrong I was. The soup at Edamame is sweet and salty and delicious, all at the same time. It is home-made, and you can really tell- it tastes so good and is also really good for you… full of antioxidants!
The sushi is priced at about £2-£4 for 2 pieces so you can have as much or as little as you like. I don’t care what you get, but if you have the opportunity, please try it! Just check the slightly unconventional opening times before you go: http://www.edamame.co.uk/.