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Moshi Moshi (London)
Member Name: Gaffer
Moshi Moshi (London)
Date: 17/09/01, updated on 17/09/01 (136 review reads)
Advantages: Batter than some
Disadvantages: Quality is really very poor
We have much to learn about Japanese food in the UK. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of Japanese restaurants I would make an effort to get to in London; unfortunately, Moshi Moshi is way of the finger league.
Now, what do I base this judgement on? A good place to start is with the condiments. And they do well here. The soy sauce is Japanese (Kikoman), the wasabi is hot, the ginger is good. Not a bad start really, should be downhill from here. But that's what they said about Eddie the Eagle.
In Japan, rice is as near to sacred as our rosbif. You need to have good rice to even contemplate good sushi. And it just isn't good at Moshi Moshi. In the 3 times I have tried this restaurant, the rice has been dull. Depressed. Bored. I like sushi rice to be soft, fluffy, zinging with vinegar. This is Blakey from On the Buses.
The nori (the seaweed that wraps the sushi) is not good. It is soft, gooey, and lacks any taste. Do yourselves a favour and buy a couple os sheets of seaweed from a Japanese supermarket. And then comapre it to Moshi Moshi's effort. You will see what I mean.
The fish is OK, but there was a tendancy to not to use some of the best cuts of salmon and tuna. (By the way, the golden rule with any sushi reataurant is not to eat there on a Monday - the fish is likely to be less than fresh). Unfortunately, the fish was best left sashimi style, as the rice was so poor. The inari (salmon roe) was good, but then again most salmon roe comes from jars anyway.
Miso soup tasted like it was from a packet; the soya cubes looked like melting sugar cubes. The overall taste was of Powdery Oxtail Consomee Cup-a-Soup.
Lets be fair about this. This restaurant mini-chain is not a disaster if you consider the general quality of sushi on London. Compared to the muck served at Sainsburies and Tescos (shiver), this is really quite OK. But just OK.
My advice is to try buying your sushi from sel
friges food counter, buy some good Japanese soy sauce and wasabi, and eat sashimi at home. Or go live in New York. As for restaurants, the is only one worthy of any praise (and having been there twice, Nobu is NOT one of them). Yumi (on George street) is the most authentic Japanese sushi restaurant in town. Save up by not going to Moshi Moshi 3 times. You will not regret it.