Edamamé

Price guide: Mid-range

15 Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3SA

Price guide: Mid-range

Edamamé

By Adrian Mourby, your Oxford expert

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#26 of 27
expert-rated restaurants in Oxford
Expert overall rating:3.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
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3.6
Ambience:
2.6
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Service:
3.9
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Location:
2.7
2.7
Value for money:
3.7
3.7
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Foodies, Singles, No fuss, Sightseeing

Expert review of Edamamé

An Oxford phenomenon: popular Japanese food produced in a tiny historic cottage.

Edamamé is very much its own place. Booking is not possible and very few days have the same opening hours or offer the same meals so you have to stay on your toes.

Food and drink: 

Lunch-time is all about stir fries and noodles while the weekend dinner menu is much more extensive. Thursday’s sushi and sashimi is very popular so be there when the doors open at 5pm. Warm saké is available by the flask or you can drink Japanese beer, Japanese plum wine or French house wines.

Ambience: 

If you can get a seat you’ll be squatting on low wooden stools of the kind Habitat sold in the 1960s and sharing your table with whoever else can cram themselves there with you. Edamamé is not about atmosphere. It’s all about the food. There's a great sense of excitement on sushi night.

Service: 

Busy but polite. You pay the staff when you order, not after you’ve eaten. Credit cards are accepted for bills that come in over £10; no more than two credit cards per party (a move designed primarily for student groups). 

Location: 

Directly opposite Holywell Street which, now it is blocked off at the Longwall Street end, has become an oasis with just the sound of the occasional cyclist colliding with pedestrians who’ve wandered down from the Holywell Music Room. Most of the historic houses are owned by the university. Edamamé has such a small frontage that it has to put a folding sign out on the street so you don’t walk straight past it!

Price advice: 

Main courses for lunch and dinner are around £6-£8. Sushi costs £2.50 a portion but the problem is the bill quickly mounts up; we spent £42 on a sushi evening recently and that was without drinks!

More information on Edamamé:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Japanese
Address:
15 Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3SA
Telephone:
01865 246916
Website:
http://www.edamame.co.uk
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Lunch Wed-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm (last orders); sushi night Thu 5pm-8.30pm (last orders); dinner Fri and Sat only 5pm-8.30pm (last orders).
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Not possible

Have you been to Edamamé? Would you recommended it?