When an invitation came in for a summer sample menu at Moshi while I was away last week, I was devastated. After all, sushi is one of my favorite food groups. I crossed my fingers and asked if I could come in this week and my request was granted — result! While not my favorite job, I did work near Lamcy Plaza for a time, so was relatively familiar with the Oud Metha location (really, only 20ish minutes from my beloved JVC). Parking in a nearby lot was plentiful (but this was the middle of the day). Upon arrival, I was warmly greeted and taken care of (a theme that lasted throughout the meal).
Mr. Moshi was on hand himself to answer many of my questions. As a proprietor, I found him to be hands on, engaging and quite creative (falafel nigiri, anyone?). Many of the dishes on the menu are his conceptions. The plates I sampled are billed as a summer menu (but look for many of these selections to find a permanent home at the end of August). Of the batch, I enjoyed the Cheeto roll and Za’atar maki the best, and wished I had left room for the out of this world Nutella roll (honestly, if you are too full, just order it for takeaway, you won’t be disappointed).
As I worked my way through MANY of the plates, I realized, there is a time and place for Zuma or Nobu (should you want to go high end), but there should also be a space for fun and fusion. I think Moshi does a fine job of this. Furthermore, while many people are turned off by the very idea of raw fish (why, I have no idea), there is much of the Moshi menu that is cooked and/or vegetarian. See below from the founder:
“I wanted to change the myth of sushi being raw. People who shied away from sushi for years are now sushi-lovers. The smile people give when they try our sushi and momos for the ﬁrst time is something I love. When I see them return, I know they are truly hooked and are turning into Moshians.”
– Mr. Moshi
But, beyond the unique rolls, do you know what I love the most? ‘From every bill at Moshi, we give 5% towards a construction workers meal.’ I mean, really, how awesome is that? I wish more restaurants would follow this lead. A look at the prices and this is not the type of place that will break the bank — everything is well within reason for sushi establishments in the city.
There are two locations in Dubai. I went to the Oud Metha property (and now realize that the Barsha property delivers to my area – bonus!).
Have you tried an unusual roll? What were the ingredients?