Musashi has been on my radar for some time. I first heard of it when it was reviewed in the Irish Times Magazine. It got a glowing review. Since, I have heard a steady trickle through the twittersphere about the delights this place dishes up.
Myself and my better half tried it out over the weekend. Luckily I read somewhere that if you wanted to get your foot in the door on the weekend that you better book. I’m glad we did- at 7:30 it was jammed. Musashi it should also be noted is BYO, so after a detour to the nearby Spar to pick up a bottle of fizzy-pop (corkage €4) we toddled in.
We were seated by some very friendly staff and started glancing over the menu. Green tea was served and an ice-bucket and glasses were brought within seconds for the wine. There is a wide selection of dishes on the menu- but we had come with sushi in mind so our meal was sushi-heavy. We ordered a few starters and one main to share and it was more than enough food. We probably could have swapped the main for another starter and this would have been perfectly sufficient.
The first thing to arrive was the prawn tempura roll. It was the highlight of the meal. It was freshly tempura-d, and the rice had a wonderful texture. It was firm enough that the sushi held its structural integrity when picked up, but delicate enough that it was a pleasure to eat. The contrast between the crispy tempura and the soft rice was wonderful. We have both agreed we will be going back for this dish in particular.
Then the ebi gyoza arrived- I thought they were very tasty. The other half wasn’t such a fan- she thought they were a little scalliony (not a good thing in either of our books.) I was the beneficiary of this view and had the plate of these tasty morsels to myself.
The final platter to arrive was the very pretty Bara sushi selection. It was a wonderful assortment. We are both picky when it comes to fresh fish. You may know that I am a recovering fishmonger, well so is the other half. It’s how we met (No our eyes didn’t lock over the lobster-tank.) Happily, everything served was of the utmost freshness. The salmon was incredibly tender and stunningly fresh. The tuna rolls were very tasty- the only piece that didn’t meet with our approval was the squid. Mainly because it tasted and felt like raw squid. Not one of the more pleasant things in life.
After a few moments pause we prepared ourselves for the arrival of the tuna teriyaki . A generous piece of tuna (which they had asked how we would like cooked) arrived. Served with stir fried veg and more of their wonderfully sticky, chopstick-friendly rice. The dish was very tasty. The rice soaked up the sauce very nicely. My gripe with this dish was with the tuna. It was a slightly grizzly piece and wasn’t cooked particularly evenly. Some parts were medium and others were towards the very rare side.
Desert wasn’t the highlight of the meal but I am willing to share the blame on this one. I read it and saw that it was a stable of bought-in favourites and still went for it. Thus, I can’t cast judgment- my sweet-tooth got the better of me. However I would like to see them with something authentic and in-house on the menu.
The service throughout was excellent, efficient and very friendly. With a coffee and corkage the grand total was just over €52. Have sushi, skip desert and you won’t go wrong. We cannot wait to go back.