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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
Amazing food, really good service and attentive. After a previous mishap Miyagi really couldnt have done more to host us and make amends. Food was really delicious.
What a fantastic restaurant, the choice of menu was exceptional with a fusion of Japanese and western food, setting Miyagi apart from your more traditional Japanese restaurants. The service was friendly, helpful and just great and the atmosphere incredible, background music was jazz/blues based, loud enough to provide a really edgy and funky atmosphere but also allowing guests to converse freely during the meal. The food was really great, all 3 courses were superb. From a person who eats at some of London's top restaurants, Miyagi it right up there with the best. Will definately return next time we're in Liverpool...great night out.
Had the most lovely meal at Miyagis. Food was amazing and the staff were lovely, welcoming and really attentive. Best of all we had our two year old with is and they were so lovely with him! Thank you staff of Miyagis for a lovely experience!! Ps. Not even over priced! Worth every penny for the service and gorgeous food!!!
My wife, myself and 2 friends visited Miyagi last night. The staff were very attentive, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We ordered the yakatori mixture and wine to start - delicious. This was followed by ordering our 'mains' - absolutely delicious. Not a single complaint. We were left to enjoy our meal and drinks, and converse. There was no pushiness from staff nor was there a racket from other diners so prevalent in many other restaurants - hence we could talk ! A relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable experience.
A group of us visited on a Wednesday night and were very surpised at how busy it was mid week! The food was completely beautiful, between 6 of us we ordered a good spread of the menu and everyone enjoyed their food. I shared the katsu curry, scallop and pancetta pancakes and veg tempura with my partner and they were all superb! The cocktails are nice but they don't taste like they have a lot of alcohol in! The chocolate brownie spring rolls are worth visitkng for alone - heaven! I would like to give the staff a special mention, our server, I think her name was Becky, was really friendly and I noticed she was training another staff member. This didn't alter her attentiveness ad I was impressed in the level of care she was taking in training her colleague. The management clearly care about making sure good customer service is instilled in their staff. a final point is that the restaurant is decorated beautifully. Make sure you take a peek upstairs!
Great service, food and drinks delicious. The non alcoholic cleansers were really refreshing. Food cooked fresh and with care, packed with lots of flavour. Presentation of the restaurant and dishes where delicate. The only issue was we ordered far too much. We expected all small bowls to be small, but there was a mixture of large and small. So size of portions were not obvious. I would definitely come here again, this was exactly my type of food and now i have got a better idea of what to order - So i am sure i would enjoy my experience even more the next time as the table will not be as jam packed with food! However for someone who doesn't like spicy food they may struggle as my mum was coughing a lot from the hidden kick in the mayonnaise (i think this should be advised on more). I personally loved that most food had a hidden Wasabi spice in it and how Mayagi have managed to create a modern twist on Japanese style dishes combining with the popular tastes that everyone loves!
We did have an ok time but it wasn't exactly the birthday celebration I had in mind for my husband. Be aware if booking for a special occasion make sure to ask for a table downstairs. Upstairs is funky but much more relaxed, more café than restaurant. Our first visit so wasn't aware and no-one mentioned this even though I stated the booking was for my husbands birthday. Didn't help that our waiter kept mentioning how good it was downstairs and there was a band on so after we had eaten we should go and sit at the bar 'downstairs' to enjoy ! We had to wait for over half an hour at the bar downstairs until we were actually taken upstairs which we were quite surprised about as all the tables up there were practically empty. We were then seated next to a dirty table with all cleaning products just left on it ! Would be OK for a night out with friends I am sure but as I say not really good for a special occasion. Great cocktails though, which is why we ended up staying.