Dear diners, please note that reservations for Mother’s Day require a £10 deposit before they can be confirmed.
Miyagi has been imparting its Japanese culinary wisdom over in the Ropewalks for some time now, and the lesson has clearly been received with open arms by Liverpool’s discerning diners. But this is not a restaurant for the stuffy or high-minded. Miyagi’s vibe, from the exciting Japanese food and clever cocktails on offer to the atmosphere of their newer Allerton Road restaurant, is fun and good humoured through and through. The menu of Japanese soul food, fusion curiosities like the New York shrimp with miso aioli, highly slurpable bowls of ramen, sushi, yakitori and more is a big draw for Calderstones and Wavertree locals, and indeed for the city’s entire Asian food and fusion cuisine fanbase.
Miyagi set the ball rolling for Japanese cuisine in Liverpool with its Bold Street headquarters and, like all powerful statements, has spread meme-like to the east of the centre, with another outlet down Allerton Road on the borderlands of Calderstones and Wavertree. It’s a considered location to set up shop, with a local population known for their voracious appetites when it comes to curious food and drink. The menu here is peppered with wry nods to sage Far Eastern food, with a list of Japanese soul food and dishes like black pig gyoza with black plum chilli jam and inari-zushi super slow-poached eggs with grilled asparagus and a golden miso aioli heading up the selection.
Deeper into the maelstrom, Miyagi serves up some fusion oddities like Jamaican jerk-style lamb shoulder with coconut slaw and a ‘magic’ mint jam and glazed suckling pig pork belly with Japanese pickled pear and a honey mustard miso sauce, heads to Southeast Asia with big bowls of laksa incorporating either seared tofu or chicken satay cooked on the traditional robata grill. Indeed, Asian barbecue fans in Calderstones and Wavertree will be here every other day for Miyagi’s yakitori skewers, while Liverpool’s lighter eaters will drool over the sushi, sashimi and bento boxes on offer, too. Sumo-sized appetites are satisfied by generous portions of market-fresh fish given a yakitori grilling, but all of this means nothing without Miyagi’s comedic cocktails – the Miyagi sour, the Ghetto Geisha, and the South Pacific get our vote.
Delicious food and great service. The menu offers a variety of exciting small plates that makes it hard to pick! Waitress was very attentive and we had some delicious cocktails.
Everything about our evening meal was perfect. We ordered two fish and two meat plates plus the special rice, all meals were delicious. Good service as usual, but we have not been since last year. We will definitely be returning soon.
Lovely food and great service. We loved the custard doughnuts for dessert. Yakatpri chicken and edanme beans were delicious. What a gorgeous Mother's day treat sppult by my son and Myagi.Highly reccomend!
We visited Miyagi as a family on a busy Saturday night and had a great evening. The staff are friendly, chatty and helpful. The food was absolutely delicious, with generous portions and fabulous presentation. We will definitely be back soon!
Lovely little restaurant/cafe, food was priced accordingly to quantity, there is no rice included in some of the mains starters are small but very appetizing, I recommend the lobster and crayfish brioche it is delicious. They serve a variety of drinks including cocktails we tried the Japaneses stiletto again I would recommend, we also tried the white nest bottle of larger which had a very different taste to European lagers very nice indeed. They need to lessen the salt that they add to the meals it tends spoils the taste. Prices of drinks are middle to expensive as prices of food for the quantity you get can become expensive. We will return again probably in the next month or two. By the way your food and drinks are served to you when ready. Also ambiance was entertaining with 60's music.
The food was fantastic and the service was very good. There were six of us in our party and we happened to choose the hottest day of the year (so far) to go out for dinner. The restaurant is quite 'cosy' and had no air conditioning or even fans to try and break through the heat and the table we were given (booth style seating) felt cramped for 6 people (possibly due to the heat). However, the waiting staff were very quick to supply plentiful amounts of iced water to try and remedy this. This was the only aspect of our visit that stopped it being rated a 6/6. I would definitely visit again in cooler weather!
Miyagi was chosen as the place to celebrate my son's birthday. As soon as we entered the restaurant we knew we'd made a good choice. There was a relaxed ambiance and the Staff were friendly and attentive. The food was wonderful. There were five in our party and we each ordered two different dishes so we could sample as much of the menu as possible. There was no nasty shock when the bill arrived either. This was our first visit to Miyagi but it certainly won't be our last.
Service and expertise of staff was excellent. The food was wonderful - the special fried rice was the best I've ever had. It would have been a 6 if there had been a drinks licence but I was very pleased that the restaurant phoned me to explain they were still awaiting a licence and therefore there was a corkage charge if we took our own wine, I did know this but was impressed that they took the trouble to speak to me some hours before we were due to go for our meal. Overall, a real asset to Allerton Road.
Outstanding, from food to service. All food was perfect, really liked the relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant and how that was reflected in how the food came out - 'when it was ready'. The rating system below seems to consider background noise as bad and no waiting time as the ideal. The noise added to the atmosphere and wasn't overpowering. The waiting was ideal, it kept the meal relaxed and conversation going.
Our last visit to Myagi was not quite as good as the first, mainly because the restaurant is very noisy and it was difficult to have a conversation which marred our birthday visit a little. On the plus side, the manager honoured his promise for all those disappointed when the power failed and they had to close the restaurant, so top marks for this. Food wise, there are interesting choices on the menu, to the point that we ordered too much, but again most obligingly this was packaged up to take home. Undoubtedly Myagi will thrive as long as it gives excellent customer service like this.