We didn't really enjoy our first trip to Moshimo. My partner wanted to try sushi, having been converted by M&S with their sushi tray. So we invited friends to try it out with us. I've been to Japan some years ago and tried it there and, while I found most of it edible, it never quite got me as fantastic food. And I think I had the same result at Moshimo.
The restaurant was very full when we arrived and we were shown to our table very quickly. It was at the end of the bar next to the conveyor which was handy. But once we had sat down we noticed we were on our own so to speak. No waiters nearby. No help with menu or protocol. And we felt out of place quite quickly.
We perused the very grubby and sticky laminated menus for a while and tried to guess what was passing us on the conveyor. After some time a 'beautiful boy' (according to one of our party) came along to take our drinks order. We tried to get him to engage with us and help us out but, although he could identify many of the dishes passing us by, he was unable to enthuse us or recommend dishes for us. So we dipped our toes into the conveyor dishes (figuratively speaking) and tried out what looked familiar.
We tried a number of different maki and a couple of us tested out the tuna, salmon and shrimp nikiri. The biggest success was one of the tuna sashimi dishes, but we didn't really understand what we were eating and a couple of us were very wary of the raw fish. Then we started to branch out and try the unfamiliar. Disaster. Everything after that was a real disappointment. The spinach dish, the tofu, the temaki set and miso soup. Eventually we decided to cut our losses. We asked for the bill, paid up and headed elsewhere for something that we could recognise and enjoyed eating.
Maybe sushi and Japanese food in general is not for us.
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