Moshi Moshi Sushi, EC2M 7PY
- 020 7247 3227
- Unit 24, Liverpool Street Station, EC2M 7PY
- 11:30am-10pm Mon-Fri; closed Sat-Sun
Conveyor belt sushi place in Liverpool Street Station, a little more interesting/varied/upmarket than Yo Sushi. It used to be part of a small chain, but the Canary Wharf branch has now closed, and the Brighton branch is independent. Although it went into administration in late 2011, as of mid-2012 it is still trading.
It has a conveyor belt system with seating for around 25–30 people, plus separate tables. Some of the seating is in raised booths with a sand zen garden underneath. They offer some of their dishes as takeaway, and (as of September 2011) will also deliver to EC1, EC2, EC3, EC4, and E1 with a minimum order of £50. They used not to take bookings, but as of October 2011 they now do.
Kake visited on a Wednesday lunchtime in January 2007; it wasn't horribly crowded, but wasn't empty either. I didn't have to wait to be seated, but then again I was on my own. Most of the other people around the conveyor belt were men in suits; not surprising, given the location.
The range of dishes on the belt was pretty good; not just the normal standbys like salmon/tuna rolls/nigiri/sashimi, but some more interesting stuff too, like lotus root with seaweed and fried chicken skin (actually quite tasty), and another dish involving some kind of white fish wrapped around julienne vegetables (would have tried it but was too full). There was even something that seemed to involve bacon. The conveyor belt was kept full (double-stacked, so you have to be quick if you want something off the bottom layer!) and varied. As a generalisation, I'd say the range here is more interesting than at any Yo Sushi branch I've tried. Also, the quality was way way way better than the Moshi branch in Brighton, which I have previously been very disappointed by.
I saw several “sushi set” orders being made up for the booths/tables; the sushi for these wasn't made to order, but taken from pre-prepared boxes (and occasionally also from the conveyor belt). (This is not a criticism, since they really were quite busy; just a note.) My bill included a cover charge of 50p; I don't know if this applies all the time or only at peak times.
The area off to the side offers a non-conveyor belt menu. This has a variety of starters that are probably the same as things on the conveyor belt (along with deals on box sets of starters), along with a good range of non-sushi dishes, including eel, fresh cooked fish, meat and noodles. They do also have a good range of sushi sets, as mentioned above. Billy once had something involving poached daikon that was rather good (and rather big — daikon are huge).
They also do a range of Japanese sweets and desserts, which are very unlike the average British pudding and quite nice.
They do various offers throughout the year (e.g. free octopus & wakame salad if you spend over £10 in September 2011), but you have to pre-register as a member on their site (and wait up to 10 days for a membership card). They're not hugely strict about membership; if, for example, one person in a group of four has a membership card, then that's fine (confirmed via email, August 2007).
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