Good food on the Northside of Dublin an Oxymoron right? It’s been the running gag on here for months but lets dispel that myth once and for all today with the 2nd review from the dark side of the river and highlight by far the best Japanese food in the Capital. Before we start a rant….How fucking annoying are restaurant websites? All any of us want to do are quickly look at a menu, opening times and maybe a phone number to book a table. We don’t want to have to download a PDF or listen to shit music being piped out as soon as we load your flash website. Nobody cares about the awards you’ve paid to win and most importantly your customers are probably researching where to eat while on their phones so your hideous 10 year old site not working on a mobile is going to cost you business. Thats a fact. I think about this problem all the time and I was delighted when arriving on the Musashi website looking for info. Now I’ve seen a million better looking websites but this does everything I want it to. I got the location, opening hours and a quick look at the menu in less than 2 minutes. It is simple functional and there are links to social profiles, reviews and any other info I want to help with further research. This isn’t an expensive website (I’d guess a couple of grand) but it just works. Please go out and fix your websites restaurants because 80% of them are a fucking joke. Rant over I’ll start the review proper now..
Musashi is on Capel street which is a mixture of junkies, Adult shops, head shops, places selling mattresses and early houses. Thats not me beating up the North Side but simply a fact. The good news is that the best food spots in most cities are in unusual places like this. It was lunch time and we started with a free bowl of miso soup and a green tea. They looked like a little bowl of baby puke and some stale urine but tasted awesome. Next up was sashimi which you think would taste the same everywhere given that it is just a bit of raw sliced fish! You’d be totally wrong if you thought that though because there are different quality levels of tuna you can buy, different angles you can slice the fish at and lots of other variables like the quality of the soy and ginger served alongside the fish. This was the best I’ve ever tasted bar one time in Hawaii. Not even a doubt. Succulent, juicy and ocean fresh. If it weren’t for the fact that you’d need to take a mortgage out to eat sushi and sashimi for every meal I’d do it tomorrow. Nothing tastes this good and is as healthy bar maybe fresh orange juice.
Next up we went for a Bento box which was a kaleidoscope of beautiful colors. Pad Thai (Chicken and prawns), sushi, Gyoza and some little prawn skewers. It was the delicate nature of the cooking and the fact that it had edible flowers in there and the whole thing cost a mere 8.95 that blew my mind. I mean I know they have to cater for their local market (Junkies and Gurriers) but that is insanely cheap for food of this standard. It was way too much to even finish and it was one of those rare times in a Japanese restaurant where I left feeling stuffed.
The whole bill for 2 bento boxes, 2 sashimis and 2 cokes came to a paltry 33 Euros. As if that wasn’t good enough news the place is BYOB so you can bring a load of wine and cans to make an even better night of it. This is recession austerity Ireland at it’s best. Plonk this little delightful spot up on Grafton street, give it a bit of fancy branding (Yo sushi) and the bill would be closer to 100 lids. I’d eat here every single day if it was closer. It is completely authentic, clean and well run with professional staff. I’d strongly advise you to get a bullet proof jacket, hire a bouncer and head down there some evening to try it out. Just don’t let the locals see you carrying your own booze or you won’t make it as far as the front door.
The View From Others
I am only one person eating there on a single day and to give a little balance to the review here are some other people who have eaten there and written about the place as well
Stitch and bear
The Cook’s Belly
Fiona Japanese Cooking