MSP New Japanese Restaurant on Hennepin & 6th
Know anything about the new Japanese restaurant slated to open on the ground floor of the Plymouth Building @ Hennepin Ave & 6th Street? They've changed the marquee above what most recently housed an ill-fated Olive Garden, whose demise in under 12 months restored my faith in the independent mindedness of downtown Minneapolitans.
I went there with my boyfriend on the 4th, the official grand opening weekend; all the food was 25% off, which would be a great deal if the food bad been better....
I've eaten at many, many sushi places in the world, and this is the first place that only gives you ONE piece of sushi, not two, so when you factor that in, it's quite expensive.
We tried the dish that is shown in the Rake review, the tuna with mango and sweet sauce, and it was atrocious...the mango was hard, had no flavor, and the sauce was the sickenly-sweet kind you find with bad eggrolls; I also take umbrage with their use of "crab" in/on some of the rolls that is actually fake crab, actually surimi.
I must admit that the sushi was very fresh and good, especially the white tuna, but in view of the price, lousy special dishes, terrible service, I don't think I would go back.
I noticed one thing about Musashi in the recent Strib write-up that I hadn't heard before: they have teppanyaki.
Has anyone sampled it? Or know what they charge?
533 Hennepin Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Our Musashi experience was absolutely awful. Our party of 6 arrived at 7:20 pm for a 7:30 reservation at one of their Hibachi tables. After being seated, were not even greeted to ask us for our drink order until 7:44... understandable if the place was even remotely busy, however, on a beautiful Saturday night when every other restaurant in the city was overbooked until 10 pm, we could have walked in and sat at any table in the restaurant with a group of literally any size.
Once the waitress finally came to our table, she asked us for our drink order without even presenting us with their wine/beer list, and instead offered us her abbreviated and very incomplete rendition of what was on the list.
After she came back a second time to ask us to repeat our drink order, someone in our party asked when our Hibachi chef would be joining us to make our dinner "in about 20-25 minutes." she responded -- we declined.
On our way out the door, the restaurant host offered to seat us at any other "regular" table because he suggested that the service "might be better." We decided to pass.
This restaurant has been open for some time now, and is in a prime location on 5th and Hennepin in DT Mpls. Once we walked in at 7:30 pm on a Saturday evening and saw how absolutely dead the restaurant was, we should have known what was coming. You would expect much more from a restaurant that charges 25-35 per entree.
STAY AWAY... though I doubt they'll be open long enough for most people to get burned the way we did.
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