23/10/2010

All's well that eats well.

On Tuesday night I ended up in Moshi Moshi at Liverpool Street station. I'd gotten soaked whilst waiting for a bus as the driver of the number 11 didn't bother to stop, despite the gaggle of people
waiting in the pouring rain at the bus stop, so by the time I got to the station all I wanted was some food, and some warmth for a while. I didn't need to be home so the lure of fresh fish and noodles won out. I also felt like celebrating a little bit of good news at work, so a Treat to myself was in order.

The menu is lovely. Simple, and full of flavourful dishes. I could have spent a fortune just on nigiri sushi but there were so many other things to choose from. The sushi was very tempting as it is always so very good there. They had hand-dived scallops on the menu which are like slices of pure silk on rice, so I struggled with that for a bit but in the end what I really wanted was hot food and a bit of comfort. In the end I didn't have noodles at all, but went for some gorgeous fish tempura, rice stuffed tofu and a truly delicious pork stir fry, though that name doesn't do it justice. Steamed brown rice helped soak up the sauce, because you just don't want to waste any of it.

The inari tofu, tofu skin 'pillowcases' filled with sweet rice, were as good as ever. There's an underlying tang which negates any oiliness there might be, and the whole thing is one large mouthful of flavour. They don't last long around me at all, even with my cackhanded 'if in doubt stab it' attempts to use chopsticks. Tofu skin is a great ingredient to work with as well. It makes the best low carb 'spring'rolls when it is deep fried.

The 'stir'fry'  - or Pork Shogayaki to give it its proper name - was exactly what was needed. Paper thin slices of deeply flavoured belly pork, cooked with ginger, carrot batons and yellow courgette strips. I only had my phone with me so you get to have a moody black and white shot instead of the full on autumnal effect of the dish. It was covered with shredded, deep fried crispy spring onions which added a nice crunchy texture and another layer of flavour.

The fish tempura arrived with it and again it was just perfect. Flaky, pure white fish pieces and a whole prawn, surrounded in a very light, almost bubbly batter. I couldn't have asked for anything better, and so I sat happily reading whilst drying out and devouring my feast for one. £14 the lot.

I loved sitting at the window overlooking the station,  watching the trains pulling out. I always wonder where people are going, what they are doing. It's like people watching except that they cannot see you. The design of the restaurant is also very pleasing. A bit of zen, a bit of mood lighting...and funky wooden booths that look vaguely space age.

Quick, efficient, friendly service, excellent food and a peaceful atmosphere. It is one of my favourite places to go, and I need to remember to go there more often.

http://www.moshimoshi.co.uk/restaurant_liverpool.htm

Unit 24, Liverpool Street Station, London EC2M 7QH (above platform 1, behind M&S)
Tel / Fax: 020 7247 3227
General Opening Times
Mon-Fri 11:30-22:00

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