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It's not just raw fish, you know.
Moshi Moshi (London)
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Moshi Moshi (London)
Date: 05/07/00, updated on 05/07/00 (140 review reads)
Advantages: Wonderful food
Disadvantages: A little intimidating for the beginner
You may have read about the Japanese tradition of conveyer belt restaurants; places where you sit around a bar with a belt in the middle while food whizzes past you at speed. You select something that takes your fancy, grab it as it whooshes past, and repeat ad nauseam. Literally.
I love this place. Quite apart from the fun way the food is presented, it's really fantastic sushi. The fish is fresh, the sushi properly hand made, there is ample wasabi and ginger at the bar, and the selection is enormous.
At the Liverpool Street branch you'll often see a burly Japanese chap clubbing an octopus to exceptional tenderness in the middle of the bar, and preparing it as sushi once it's reached the desired level of succulence. The fainthearted don't need to eat the raw fish, though; there is plenty of vegetarian sushi on offer; cucumber, egg, avocado and seaweed all make star appearances on the conveyer belt of doom. There are fantastic seaweed salads, and cooked gzoya (dumplings) zooming by too; grab the gzoya while they're hot.
If there's something you fancy that you don't see whizzing past you, ask one of the friendly staff. They usually have Uni (sea urchin; definitely not for the beginner) in the back, along with smoked eels and all kinds of other exciting stuff.
For the sushi virgin, there are a few dishes which it's wise to start off with. It takes time to work up to the octopus. You'll probably enjoy the salmon (you should be used to eating it raw in smoked salmon sandwiches anyway), the tuna and the red snapper. Oilier fishes such as mackerel need a bit of getting used to. Everything that goes past is identified by photo on a little leaflet in front of you, so you know what you're getting.
The staff are great; ask them for your drinks (green tea is free) and for miso soup if you fancy it. (Miso soup tip; whoosh it round a bit with your chopsticks first so it's all
mixed up, then sip it from the bowl. Don't worry; you won't look a prat; it's how you're meant to do it.)
I am going to ask them how much it costs to be installed under the sake tank next time I go.