Moshi is one place that we had been dying to try for some time now. Located just behind The Mall Of The Emirates in Barsha 1 – the venue is a pretty nondescript place in an area of little footfall… Yet Moshi has somehow managed to carve out quite a reputation (and dedicated foodie following) in the short time that it has been open, and after dining here, we can certainly see why.
Upon entering Moshi, it is unbelievable as to just how small the venue is! With seating for roughly twelve people, the dining is communal, or as we like to call it Wagamama style (as they were the first establishment to offer shared tables to the masses). On the left hand side is an open kitchen where you can see the plump momo’s being made and also the sushi being intricately constructed, by a team of experts.
Our visit was early evening on a weekday and we were the only diners, meaning that we had the full attention of the staff, who could not have done any more to ensure that we had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner. The interior has a very modern look with hues of grey, contrasted with bright eclectic orange. Hashtags and phrases adorn the walls and the establishment has a distinct ‘New York trendy’ type of vibe.
Though we were the only patrons physically within the restaurant, we were not the only people having Moshi… the telephone orders were coming in thick and fast during our time within the restaurant and the delivery guys were in and out constantly. We don’t think that we have experienced an eatery quite so popular (in takeaways at least) for a very long time.
So what is the concept of Moshi we hear you ask? Well if you haven’t yet seen the amazing images all over social media (especially Instagram), then the concept is simple – a combination of Nepalese Momo’s and Japanese Sushi.
Staff are on hand to thoroughly guide customers through the menu, which is little more than a sheet of A4 paper. Selling momos and sushi exclusively (with the exception of a number of side dishes), Moshi are firm believers in doing one or two things really well, as opposed to doing lots of things poorly. This is the key to Moshi’s success – and the food on offer is truly exceptional
Our waitress recommend that out beverage choice should be the lemon and mint juice, a traditional and very popular drink here in the UAE. Moshi boldly claim that there’s is the best in the country, and despite being really good, we have had better elsewhere! In our opinion Mohit Seafood Restauarnt in Ras Al Khaimah currently holds that crown. Perusing the menu we were certainly suprised at just how reasonably priced it was.
Having been converted to the joys of momo’s during a recent trip to Nepal, we were slightly sceptical as to how well this Nepalese delicacy would translate in Dubai. After our first bite of the dumplings, we were happy to report that the chefs do an exceptional job of bringing this little know dumpling to the masses. We sampled the paneer and spinach, buffalo, and cheesy chicken capsicum flavours and were suitably impressed by all.
Moshi is not just a one trick pony! The sushi is also exceptional and may well contend as some of the best that we have ever had. We were especially impressed with the soft shell crab, and the crispy prawn tempura sushi which had a lovely crunch to it. Our dining experience at Moshi is also the first time we have ever tried warm sushi and despite our initial reservations, this unique idea actually works.
Anyone who has been to Moshi will tell you that the standout menu item is the cheesy chips Oman sushi. This dish is rolled in potato chips (or crisps as we like to call them in the UK) and it is simply divine – this dish alone will have people returning to Moshi in droves!
The food is presented on colour coded plates – white for vegetarian dishes and orange for the carnivores amongst you (the dishes containing meat). This is a great idea for those who are in a group and sharing different dishes.
We liked the fact that the dining experience at Moshi was friendly and casual. The staff really take the time to help you select dishes from the menu and thoroughly explain the process behind the creation of each piece of sushi and delightful momo. Despite feeling almost too full to continue, we did sample some of the yellow tail sashimi (also good) and rounded out our meal with peanut butter bars and Nutella Maki. The latter of which is a unique idea, in which pancakes and nutella are constructed to look like Maki rolls – a very innovative dessert and one that also tastes spectacular.
After finally getting to visit Moshi we can fully agree with the hype, this is an excellent little eatery and the food is of a very high standard. With a new branch opening soon in Lamcy Plaza, Oud Metha – we are pleased to announce Moshi is a resounding success and one that is thankfully here to stay!
Location: Opposite Citymax Hotel, Barsha 1, Dubai
Phone: 04 4298972
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