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Wax on, wax off, quoth Mr Miyagi, demonstrating that the daily grind can indeed lead one to a kickass Way of Enlightenment, kid. In a similar fashion, Liverpudlians’ daily wanderings through the Ropewalks might find them encountering the beatific countenance of Miyagi, an upstart restaurant on the city centre’s Asian dining scene whose pacific premises down Bold Street pack a lot of power when it comes to the delicacies contained within. The emphasis is Japanese cuisine, but punching far above its weight, Miyagi offers Liverpool a battery of pan-Asian and fusion dishes all set to stun.
Japanese soul food meets ghetto Asian, quoth Miyagi’s co-founder Alex Hannah. And indeed this Japanese restaurant in Liverpool’s bohemian Ropewalks precinct is no simple Nihon-focused entity. While there are plenty of authentic and old-school Japanese dishes on the menu at this city centre spot (well-known due to previous tenancies), there’s more than a little fusion flair going on too, with wonderful Windward Generation concoctions like the reggae jerk slow-cooked lamb shoulder bun with coconut slaw and magic mint jam rubbing slow-cooked shoulders with a New York-style shrimp patty and miso aioli bun under the heading Flesh & Buns. Kung fusion?
Bold Street this is, with Miyagi’s Soul Food menu continuing the pattern of Japanese tradition shot through with curveballs from other Asian and international cuisines. You’ll find Japanese standards peppered throughout – edamame with pink Himalayan salt and togarashi, tempura tiger prawns, beef tataki with daikon, cilantro and enoki mushroom – but it’s the cool and unusual flourishes that make this Ropewalks restaurant a top candidate for Liverpool’s Foods of Fury awards: the salmon ceviche versus tuna tataki with pickled red ginger, yuzu and a kimchi mayo stages a delicious Korean-Japanese-Peruvian standoff that’s sure to get diners vying for ringside seats, while the fried crispy duck gyoza served with hoisin takes Peking’s best and marries it to the classic further-Eastern dumpling. Sino-Japanese relations have never been nicer, culinarily speaking, as at this quasi-Japanese restaurant. Enter the Miyagi on the city centre stage to round these curiosities off with a good list of yakitori, ramen (and laksa), sushi, sumo-sized dishes, and desserts (use your betsubara! quoth Miyagi) and you’ve got a surefire winner.
Consistently excellent food and service and great for sharing plates.
The food was delicious an the staff were amazing, the atmosphere was also very nice for a couple or a group. I would highly recommend it
my 4rd visit - each time with different people & everyone enjoyed. Recommend 2 plates each plus extras chips & rice. Delicious tastes & great value