There’s a new sushi joint in town, and it’s shaping up to be something quite special. We were invited to a private tasting at Mirai – the new Far Eastern restaurant you might have noticed coming together in the space between Left Bank and Sequoia…
Suddenly, you can’t turn a corner without bumping into the latest sushi place, offering wacky combinations and seemingly great deals (until you get hit with all the ++s). There’s only so many ways you can sell a sushi place, so it’s refreshing to find that Mirai goes back to basics with a clean, warm design, a fresh sushi bar making classic rolls and nigiri, a teppenyaki grill and a selection of Far Asian mains that’d rival any five-star hotel restaurant. To top things off, keep an eye out for their quirky giant Buddhas throwing all sorts of shapes, dotted around the restaurant. Mirai has its private grand opening tonight, and opens to the public tomorrow, Saturday, 1st of February.
At the private tasting, we were treated to a whole spectrum of delicacies. We started off with a choice of classic Miso, Thai chicken and seafood soups, served in quaint little bowls and typical Chinese spoons. Shortly after, we were treated to an array of appetisers, from traditional spring rolls and Dim Sum style chicken dumplings, to satays with a variety of sauces.
Next, they flexed their sushi skills as platter after platter descended on our table. From clean, classic Nigiri pieces to more quirky rolls including a mango infused tuna number, and a more recognisible Philadelphia Roll. Surprisingly, the mango one was quickly finished by our eager party, while the salmon sashimi was a close second. Yes, they’re not reinventing the sushi wheel, but they do it well under the tutelage of two Japanese pros in the kitchen.
Just when we thought we couldn’t eat more, we were presented with a selection of noodles, Pad Thai (complete with peanuts for all you Thai traditionalists), a chili beef stew and a white chicken curry. Everything came out steaming hot, and spiced to perfection, making out journey around Far East Asia complete. Finishing things off were a hot pile of spiced chocolate spring rolls, with a vanilla dipping sauce, giving us a good idea of the vast menu that’s set to hit Cairo, starting this weekend.
Mirai opens to the public on Saturday 1st February. For more information, check out their Facebook page here.