Sushi and rolls in the restaurants of Moscow: restaurants Yaposh, Tanuki, Ginnotaki, Planet Sushi, Asia Cafe
Gastronom.ru found out where the most delicious sushi is found in Moscow and how Asian restaurants feed those who don’t tolerate raw fish and consider sushi a girlish meal.
Of the variety of institutions, we chose the most accessible and popular: Yaposhu, Tanuki, Gin-no-Taki, Planet Sushi and Asia Cafe.
So that you could imagine the level and difference of prices in these establishments, we present a summary table of the cost of “hit” orders: sushi with salmon, sushi with tuna, rolls “California” and “Philadelphia”.
If you think this bold restaurant chain shouldn’t exist at all, since such disrespectful crossbreeding of great Russian and Asian cuisines is sacrilege. However, the existence of Yaposha in our city is beyond doubt, besides, excellent sushi is being molded here — the most delicious in the entire democratic segment.
All signs of high-quality sushi are obvious: well cooked rice, not “rubber” nori, and fresh fish without an unpleasant darling (if, of course, the term “freshness” is appropriate when the product has gone through a shock freeze).
However, for the sake of good quality sushi in Yaposh, you have to put up with thundering music, noisy youth, who are almost at the table and uneven service.
What to do, the target audience of Yaposhi is students who once again demonstrate their fashion by the fact that they are crossing the threshold of a sushi bar.
In Yaposh, there are specialists-restaurateurs who brilliantly know their craft.
It was in this network that they first decided to divide the menu into two parts: Russian cuisine, which would satisfy brutal men with a good appetite, and Japanese cuisine — for chirping young ladies, who need six round rolls for the whole evening.
A set of sushi, sashimi and rolls is quite traditional, the choice is quite large. And besides the classics there is also “authoring”, such as the hot roll “Jap” for 190 rubles (with salmon, cucumber, Philadelphia cheese, green onions and caviar chaplain) or baked sushi with eel (65 rubles). “California” is of two types: with salmon for 225 rubles and with crab for 325, and crab rolls are not inferior to the same in expensive restaurants, where at least 600 rubles are taken for a standard set of four or six pieces.
In mayonnaise and caviar tobiko in Yaposh do not save, crab meat is used natural, not a surrogate from crab sticks. Another advantage of Yaposha is a wide range of prices, calculated on a variety of wallets.
For example, sushi with salmon cost only 29 rubles.
This is the best price in town.
«Anti-Sushi» in Yaposha is dishes like Olivier, herring under a fur coat (100 rubles), dumplings and Ukrainian borsch (95 rubles).
The quality is usually average, as in mediocre cooking.
For example, Olivier with salmon (125 rubles) — watery, nutritious and creamy taste, which perpetuated this salad in the entire Soviet Union, it is clearly not enough.
Chicken cutlets (120 rubles) are pretty good, but rice with vegetables for my taste is a bit fatty (although the excess oil may well be enjoyed by men).
In hit sales there is a French fries (65 rubles) — he enjoys special popularity among male freshmen (once I watched a company of young people for one and a half hours, whose table was filled with cola and potatoes).
This Asian network was invented by the company “Coffee House”, and it was extremely rare with the rational goal: to effectively use large areas that had to be rented.
If square meters turned out to be more than what is required for a coffee shop, a sushi bar was placed next to it — after all, no large kitchen or a staff of professional chefs is needed to make sushi.
Now Aziy Cafe is more than a dozen, and by their simplicity and democratic character they all look like a Coffee House.
The daily public Asia-Cafe on Gogol Boulevard is respectable men, large women under 60, bohemian-looking youth and clerks.
Some sit here for hours, as if in a coffee shop, and slowly sip tea.
Serving here is very bad: for example, the juice was brought to us after the soup, the waitress in the second round asked the same questions, the bill had to wait almost half an hour. Of course, all this can be explained by the frantic pace of development of the chain — Coffee House in 2007 entered the top ten of the largest coffee chains in Europe.
However, attention and care from this want no less.
In Asia-Cafe does not leave the feeling of some non-tidiness, as in the old apartment, where the upholstery absorbed dust, mud stains on the windows, things are dumped in the corners.
In general, I want spring — to arrange a spring-cleaning and finally deliver the curtains to the dry cleaning.
However, the prices of the main hits here are very good.
In addition, representatives of the stronger sex also have something to eat: Asian hodgepodge (125 rubles), stewed pork with broccoli (225 rubles), pork in coconut milk (254 rubles), several types of kebabs made of salmon, pork, king prawns, turkey and chicken (from 85 to 299 rubles), there are even chicken wings in a spicy sauce (185 rubles), hearty Asian dishes like yaks sozd (245 rubles) and rolls with pork (145 rubles).
And, of course, traditional dishes of “Moscow cuisine”.
But in fact, everything is not so rosy.
Rice in rolls and sushi is undercooked, “Philadelphia” turned out to be a bit nosy, you can hardly see the cheese in rolls with the naked eye.
But the fish in the land was very tolerable, without an unpleasant smell. In general, on a solid «four».
Miso soup is also good, but it is better to refrain from seafood soup: cloying and without a soul.
There are a lot of desserts in Asia-Cafe: there is “Tiramisu” for 135 rubles, fruit rolls and pineapples breaded with a strange orange and butter sauce (you can eat them, in principle, but only if you manage to get rid of the sauce).
In general, dining at the Asia Cafe is like walking through a minefield: if you’re lucky, everything will be fresh and tasty, if not, my condolences.
The word «tanuki» in Japanese translates as «little raccoon.»
Tanuki is the hero of Japanese fairy tales for kids, and for some reason they depict him with a bottle of sake.
Tanuki is a fairly large network, and its establishments are located, as a rule, in residential areas.
For example, in the South-Eastern district of the capital, from where the network began its expansion, Tanuki sushi bars can be found in almost every home, so you can walk on Sundays to eat sushi.
Standard wooden tables and benches with backs, on the wall — plasma with cable TV, a gatekeeper at the entrance and a parking attendant who pours tea from a teapot with a thin spout a meter and a half in length to the new guests.
The distinction of Tanuki is the purity of the concept. A minimum of flirting with Russian and Caucasian cuisines, except that «Asian Caesar» in one of the latest special offers.
The rest of the menu is based on a standard set of sushi rolls.
The choice is very large, only rolls around 30. It’s difficult to say how much they really differ from each other, because there are not so many bright and interesting combinations in sushi production.
The choice in other positions of the menu is also huge: for example, soups — 13 types, salads — 15.
Sushi is molded quickly, the portions are large, but soy sauce, they are unfortunately served with diluted. However, saving on soy sauce for Moscow networks is a common thing: as a rule, in half of democratic establishments either they buy the cheapest surrogate or mercilessly dilute a good sauce with water. It’s a pity: the sushi seems to be fresh from this, the taste of the fish is not revealed.
In general, if you go to Tanuki not far from home, take the sauce with you.
The rice in sushi turns out to be a little underdone, the tuna has an unpleasant taste, the avocado in California reminds a carrot and crunches on the teeth.
On the other hand, Tanuki is the only place where they serve “ekan” — a classic Japanese marshmallow pastille (155 rubles), and the portion is enough, as a rule, for two.
In addition to sushi and rolls, Tanuki has a large selection of noodle dishes (from 75 to 135 rubles), from rice (75-245 rubles), about 20 main hot dishes, including dorado (820 rubles), crab cakes with tonkatsu sauce (160 rubles), eggplants in a spicy sauce with pork (210 rubles), salmon in teriyaki sauce (195 rubles), beef, fried with wood mushrooms (175 rubles).
And also — dishes on teppan (from 70 to 350 rubles) and kebabs (from 40 to 298 rubles) — especially for those who have a brutal appetite.
In the company «Vesta-Center International», which manages the network of Gin-no Taki, they still have not decided what, in fact, Gin-no Taki differs from their other project — the network Yakitoria.
And there and there Japanese cuisine, and there and there are more or less the same menus and prices.
Only Gin-no-Taki was registered on Tverskaya, and the Friday line-up to this establishment became the same obligatory phenomenon of Moscow, as well as the guard at the eternal flame in the Alexander Garden.
In Gin-no-Taki, it feels like a European establishment, whose owner does not bother to repair and replace worn-out furniture. As it is, it is.
And this situation of Gin-no-Taki is only good.
At the entrance, the staff shouts a life-affirming greeting in Japanese, the central artery of Moscow pulses outside the window, and the waiters scurry around the hall for Asian songs. The menu is Asian, but, as usual, with “Moscow” patches.
The dishes are beautiful, in the serving too try.
But, alas, not everything is smooth.
Fish — with an unpleasant taste, tuna right in the hands falling apart on the plate. At the same time rice is cooked very correctly, and portions of reasonable sizes.
And the miso soup turns out to be delicious.
«California» is not too expressive, the tobiko is clearly saving, the taste of the crab is not felt at all.
But we really liked the perch in teriyaki sauce, we could not leave it to be half-eaten.
The choice of sushi and rolls is quite large, and there are very original ones, like rolls with smoked chicken and vegetables (160 rubles) or Italian rolls with basil and mozzarella (165 rubles).
In the block of salads there are baked pork salad (180 rubles), several salads with avocado — with shrimps (180 rubles) and crab (150 rubles).
Among the original snacks there is gyoza with shrimps and pork (170 rubles) and steam dumplings sumai (160 rubles).
For children, there are special sets in a naughty container in the form of a plane (250 rubles), which includes several dishes at once (salad, ramen, warm salmon in tempura with tobiko and fruit salad).
For men — two dozen kebabs (41 — 490 rubles), excluding, of course, from the men’s list leeks and tomatoes on skewers, there are meat dishes, including pork with potatoes and mushrooms (250 rubles), lamb fillet with vegetables in sweet and sour sauce (270 rubles), beef with spinach, mushrooms and pomegranate sauce (230 rubles).
Among seafood there is halibut with vegetables (325 rubles), shark in harumaki dough with plum sauce (315 rubles) and grilled salmon in teriyaki sauce (190 rubles).
For dessert, cheesecakes (90 rubles), tiramisu (90 rubles), rolls with banana and pineapple in harumaki dough (160 rubles) and other international sweets that are always present in Asian restaurants in Moscow.
As restaurateurs convince, traditional Japanese desserts, unlike fish with rice, refuses to perceive the Russian consciousness.
Behind this network is the Rosinter Restaurants company, which also manages a number of democratic institutions, such as IL Patio and T.G.I.
I’ll say right away that a few years ago, rolls and sushi on this network did much better, sushi was perfect at all. And it is hardly worth looking for reasons in deepening the relationship between the tastes of Muscovites and Japanese cooking.
The Sushi Planet, like the establishments of the Coffee House chain, suffer from growing pains.
If earlier Sushi Planet could be put on the same level as Yaposha, now we are talking about the level of Tanuki.
However, the marketers of Planet Sushi need to be given their due: Planet Sushi explained to Muscovites what “fifth taste” is — minds, securing the use of a new term.
The menu on this network is the most creative, with spectacular photos and original promotions.
His task is to manage the choice of the guest.
On the first page — hot soups and noodles, on the third — sashimi, then — maki sushi.
On special inserts there are special offers with flashy and juicy photos: “Super salad for superteby”, “Fifth taste” and so on.
In a block of hot dishes, small pans with shrimps fried in garlic sauce (350 rubles), salmon in teriyaki sauce (350 rubles), scallops (375 rubles) and pieces of chicken in teriyaki (290 rubles), beef with mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and zucchini (235 rubles).
All dishes are offered boiled rice (50 rubles) or wheat udon noodles (85 rubles). In the «super hot for super teb» chicken in spicy-sweet sauce (295 rubles) and white fish with «super bowl» appear (marinated Chukka seaweed with squid ) (395 rubles).
In the Planet Sushi, dreary Japanese music is playing, and sharks are swimming under the water on the plasma panel.
Soy sauce in a restaurant near the metro station Proletarskaya is frankly diluted, rice has a sweetish taste, as if some syrup was poured into it when cooking.
Sushi with salmon is a rather large bowl of rice, on which lies a soft, almost tasteless piece of fish.
«Philadelphia» in Planet Sushi is presented in the updated version: inside — red caviar with the same name cheese, on top — a wrap of salmon and cucumber and tobiko caviar decorations.
The rolls were tasty, but they were rather casually stuck together: there was almost no salmon on one piece, the cheese was practically falling out.
Relatively satisfying options for men are noodle dishes.
Egg yakisobu and wheat udon are served (each, of course, separately) with beef (295 rubles), vegetables (195 rubles) and seafood (350 rubles).
There is chicken, eel, beef, skiyaki stewed in sauce with egg and rice (185, 220 and 195 rubles, respectively).