Flaming Chicken Cheeto and Oman chips sushi rolls, Oh my! A visit to Moshi.

Flaming Chicken Cheeto and Oman chips sushi rolls, Oh my!  A visit to Moshi.

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).

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You’ve had Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, but have you had them on a sushi roll?
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You had me at chips…
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Za’atar and Labneh maki. (I had to pick off the olives — one of the only foods I don’t like, but seriously refreshing… It’s a weird concept to use with sushi rolls, but really, the cucumber does the trick!)
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Mr. Moshi’s fave on the menu, the volcano roll (tasty with a kick).
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Promise me you will leave room for this… PROMISE ME!

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?

A to Za’atar was a guest of Moshi Momo & Sushi.  Opinions are my own, just ask my husband.

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