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Musashi Japanese Restaurant in Charlotte

nearlywild | Jan 4, 200411:50 PM

On Saturday night a friend and I planned on going to Musashi to try their sushi. I had read about it in the Charlotte Observer and it sounded like a place I would enjoy. We ended up going very late because we were putting together my new entertainment center and it took us a lot longer than what we thought. We arrived about 9:30, there was a large table of Japanese women, probably 9 people, and another table with a young Japanese couple. Those were the only people there. We sat where the lady directed us to sit and she brought us the menu. We told her we were there for the sushi so she brought us their sushi menu also. The restaurant was very nice and traditional looking. It's kind of small and the sushi bar seats only about 4 or 5 people. I looked through the menu even though I wasn't going to order from it and it looked very good. Part of the menu was handwritten with what looked like weekly specials. I say weekly because it was dated 1-1-04. One item was a salmon and salmon roe hot pot. I had to order it. Then I ordered an 8 piece chef's choice nigiri and tuna roll special. I also ordered 2 pieces of toro nigiri, albacore tuna nigiri, a salmon skin roll, California roll, spicy tuna roll. He was out of the albacore so we ordered a squid roll, which wasn't on the menu but he made it for us anyway. First we received the hot pot and it was delicious. There was a large piece of salmon with green onions and other vegetables, large chunks of tofu and then the salmon roe floating on top. It was great. For the chef's choice nigiri he made for us salmon, tuna, surf clam, yellow tail, octopus, squid,salmon roe, and shrimp. The only complaint I have was that on a few pieces I thought he put too much wasabi. But the fish was fresh and the slices were large. All of the rolls that he made were excellent. In fact, the California roll and the spicy tuna roll was probably the best I've ever had. But do keep in mind that this is only the third sushi restaurant I've been to. I loved the salmon skin roll. I really liked the crunchy texture. I forgot about the miso soup. We received it before the hot pot. There wasn't much in it, just a few small pieces of tofu and some green onions but the broth was very rich and again, some of the best I've had. It was almost 11 when we finally finished but we did talk for a few minutes to our server who was very helpful and nice. She gave me a copy of their menu so if anyone wants it just send me an email.

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