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200 Words: Musashi Noodles and Sushi Bar on Capel Street

A complete sucker for sashimi, this week I had a Japanese food craving that needed to be tackled.

Musashi, with its grey exterior and simple design, is tucked away on Capel Street and easy to pass by in favour of the more popular competition.

I hadn’t been back in three years, but I’m glad I finally did.

After much debating, but with the certainty that I’d definitely be getting sashimi, I settled on a big bowl of ramen with a selection of meat.

In the past, I’ve found Musashi to have very slow service, but much to my delight we were served swiftly with a waiter that could have gotten the award for the “most polite man of the year”.

Though the ramen’s broth could have been on the clearer side and the tofu was slightly overdone, the noodles and overall combination of food had a hearty feel. It was a filling meal.

But my winner was the raw salmon. My sashimi along with its soy and wasabi, was like a juicy kiss with the freshness of the fish heightening its flavour.

A hidden gem amongst some overpriced and not-so-nice sushi hubs in Dublin, Musashi is well worth a visit.

Come again? I need that sashimi again!
Rating: 3.5/5
Website: http://musashidublin.com/

  

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Ballymaloe Day 73: Úna dreams of sushi

I yawned so hard this morning that I thought my head would fall off.

Last night in a bid to get all of the last minute wine revision into our system, Sophie, Martha and I blitzed through our notes.

Up at the crack of dawn, we pulled on our chef whites, for formality, and heading into the cookery school for our wine exam.

With an hour to answer 100 questions on wine, I was glad I had studied beforehand. Though there were a few questions that I wasn’t 100% sure about, thankfully I felt quite comfortable going through the whole paper.

With a short break before our official learning day began, I pulled on normal clothes and prepared for a demo of glorious sushi.

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Anyone that knows me will probably know that I’m absolute sushi and sashimi fiend, so I was pretty excited to be learning all about how to put this nuggets of rice together.

Though I’ve eaten a monster’s worth of sushi over the years (and easily a kilo of sashimi), I’ve only ever rolled them twice!

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(Darina fanning the sushi rice, much to our amusement!)

After my fill of sushi, dolma and lamb – a bizarre but wonderful conglomerate of food – the afternoon demo took a new turn into Christmasland.

Now personally I’m not a huge fan of the sweeter side of Christmas, except mulled wine, but I was still fascinated to see everything come together in a festive array of food.

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(Pam working her magic)

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(Tracie and Pat rocking the festive look)

Coming up with frosted tangerines, pudding, trifle, mincemeat pies and a yule log, Pam and her team of merry reindeer elves worked hard at making Christmas beautiful.

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Feeling a bit under-the-weather, but thankfully not bad yet, tomorrow we’re back in the kitchen where I’ll be cooking duck legs with onion and thyme among other things.

Ciao!

Some random things I learned today:

  • Nori is seaweed that has been roasted and pressed.
  • Wasabi comes from the root of the wasabi plant – yes, it’s a plant!
  • Pickled ginger is meant to be a palate cleanser when you’re eating sushi.
  • When buying rice vinegar, check to see that it’s not flavoured in any way – better to get it as natural as possible.
  • If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative to soy sauce, try Tamari sauce!