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“Viable SUSHI Option”

Murakami Khreshchatyk
Ranked #491 of 1,872 Restaurants in Kiev
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Sushi
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Las Vegas, Nevada
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398 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“Viable SUSHI Option”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

the atmosphere is a little dated but the food and service were very good. The prices are also good compared with other options

Visited January 2013
Thank Deigs
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Manama, Bahrain
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165 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Standard Fare Sushi in the Center of Kiev”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

Murakami Kreschatik is a newcomer in the Murakami chain of sushi restaurants in Kiev and, as such, the menu is about the same as in any other Murakami. Actually, I slightly prefer the Krasnoarmeyskaya (or Chervonoarmeyskaya) Murakami, also conveniently located, simply because, at that outlet, Japanese beer is on offer.
Murakami is one cut above Planeta Sushi (its competitor next store), two cuts above Yakitoria, and three cuts above Sushi Ya, the lowest end sushi chain in Kiev. Slightly cheaper than Murakami but comparatively tiny with unhyped interior decoration is Sushi Studio, where, to my taste, the sushi quality is about the same -- only you'll need to stroll slightly outside the city center; I have tried the one on Artema, 26A. If a couple eat at Murakami (excuding alcohol), expect to pay no less than $75 without alcohol; the same meal will cost approximately $60 in Sushi Studio, where, as the Ukrainians say, more "democratic" prices prevail. (The cost calculation assumes a couple means a foreign man and a ukrainian woman in which case the man consumes by quantity twice as much as the woman; if your lady, on the contrary, eats like a trencherman and drinks like a fish, expect to pay well over $100!)
For references purposes, as of summer 2012, one smoked eel sushi (ugor' [R] or unagi [J]) costs 20 grivinya ($2.50) and one salmon (losos' [R] pronounced more like "la sauce") sushi raw not smoked (nekopchoniy) costs only 12 grivinya ($1.50). To my taste, the smoked salmon in sushi restaurants in Kiev is not delicious (although more costly than the raw salmon).
If you would like to reduce cost, try ordering some cooked Japanese dishes. I like tonkatsu (pork or chicken) but, unfortunately, I didn't see tonkatso on offer in this particular Murakami outlet. Overall, I am not too impressed by the Murakami cooked dishes; for example, teriyaki dishes taste bland failing to titillate the tastebuds. On the other hand, the spicy (Thai?) soup with shrimp is tasty but costs too much and only one single shrimp is included -- so sorry, Murakami, that is a bit of a rip-off. [One caveat concerning my review: I do not eat sushi rolls and offer no advice as to their quality (or lack thereof). I predominantly eat nigiri sushi and, once in a while, sashimi.]
On entering the building in which the restaurant is located, turn left and go all the way down the bank of stairs. Murakami Kreschatik is a basement venue: no scenic views (no windows) and, of course, no outdoor seating. No big loss in the summer months as Kiev can surprisingly swelter.
I have rated Murakami "very good" relative to the range of scylla-charybdis dining options prevailing in the Kiev city center and Podil -- not on the basis of global standards. On the one hand, there are many poor and by no means cheap restaurants in Kiev [Tequila House (lousy Mexican food but decent if overpriced Mexican hats), Shirvan Shah (terrible Azeri food) and Fridays (the worst ribs I have eaten in my life). On the other hand, high end restaurants with outrageous prices sit poised ready to gobble up your dollar (or euro) surplus. Great example: Pena. I ate there with one Ukrainian lady and her mom at the time the restaurant first opened when the exchange rate was about 4-1 rather than 8-1 grivniya-dollar. We drank very modestly but I spent 2000 grivinya.

  • Visited July 2012
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