|2120 Cowell Blvd. Ste 143 (in Oakshade Commons)|
|(across the street from the Oakshade Town Center in South Davis)|
Moshi Moshi is one of the best places in Davis for sushi. Their nigiri and sashimi are some of the freshest available in Davis and are always decently made (rice vinegared well, not packed too hard, not too much rice, dab of wasabi).
They also have some of the best appetizers and special rolls in town. Some dishes, like the Tuna Surfboard and BSC roll, are not commonly found in other sushi restaurants, even outside of Davis. They have a small whiteboard listing their most popular rolls of the month; this is always a good starting point if you want to try new rolls. The Zero Hour ($8.95) is their best-selling roll. Another favorite is the Diana Roll ($12.95), a yellowtail tuna wrapped up with salmon in a sweet and spicy sauce.
They offer a selection of well-made warm foods, such as various chicken katsu, tonkatsu, sesame chicken, and beef bentos and bowls. The bentos typically come with miso soup, salad, california rolls or sashimi, rice, and tempura. They also have oyako-don and katsu-don, although sometimes these particular offerings turn out unimpressively soupy (try Osaka Sushi for better oyako-don or katsu-don). There is a variety of other rice and noodle dishes on the menu.
The waitresses are always friendly, the atmosphere easy and appealing. Pricing is as can be expected from any decent Japanese restaurant, but it is not outrageous by any means. For $12.95, you can get the 5-1, which includes miso soup, salad, five pieces of nigiri sushi (chef's choice), and one maki roll (your choice). They have also been known to run an insane number of ads in the California Aggie offering 10% off the bill, so keep on the look-out.
Parking: There is hardly any. You might want to try parking in the Safeway lot across the street.
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2009-01-25 03:25:30 in my opinon the best sushi restaurant in town. i LOVE their unique Kari and Oh La La roll. TRY IT! the kari roll is fresh assorted sashimi with rice wrapped by some white crunchy sheet. the Oh La La roll is quite simple actaully (CA roll + mango inside topped with salmon sashimi), but the mango definately gives it a refreshing kick! —gato
2009-03-13 23:10:18 I really feel like this place is forgotten about because of its size and location, but it's definitley some of the best sushi I've had in Davis! —ladygodiva
2009-03-30 11:41:05 I love Moshi Moshi. I have been frequenting this place for at least the last four years, and the quality of the food remains immpecable. Yes, sometimes the service is slow, and we always joke that a four person lunch at Moshi Moshi requires about 2 hours of your time, but the food is so good, it's worth the wait. One way to get around the slowness is to call your order in ahead of time. They'll get your order started so that by the time you get in, most of everything is already prepared, and you're eating the moment you sit down. Take out is another good option as well. All the people that work there are very nice, accommodating, and friendly. I love the dressing they use on their salad and often ask for a little side of it to throw over my rice. Delicious! I haven't eaten a roll I didn't like, the teriyaki chicken bento box is completely worth the $6.50, and the sashimi is well, divine. Love it. —j0liefllle
2009-05-07 16:56:28 I've been coming here at least once a week for the past 3+ months. Their lunch is awesome. I'm the type of person who cares more about quantity than quality, as long as quality isn't horrible.. but if you try their lunch, you get both quantity AND quality. Their bento box lunches are good because you get several different flavors in one meal: your choice of meat, salad, sashimi or California rolls, bowl of miso soup, and a nice scoop of rice. Like the above commenter said, the dressing they use on the salad is flavorful and makes me want more. If they sold that separately I would definitely purchase it. Things CAN be slow when they're busy at lunch because they usually have just one person waiting all of the tables, but I've been through worse so it's no biggie. Just call in your order ahead of time, that's all. I will be going back for more until the day I leave Davis! d(^_~)z —mr.review
2009-05-15 00:30:01 Went here tonight for the first time. Prices were quite high, but the atmosphere was great. It wasn't too busy so service was prompt and the wait short. I got the dinner combo b. The quality of food is pretty good and I like how the rolls are prepared fresh. This place is a pretty good place to eat for special occasions or a night out with a sig. other. —BenLee
2009-06-09 14:17:42 No doubt very tasty food, and great quality, but for the second time in two weeks, different days, we waited almost 45 minutes for food. Be wary, you may need more than an hour lunch to eat, we had to take ours to go. The waitress was very friendly, and working extremely hard, and we tipped her to show our appreciation, but the owners must realize they need more than one waitress for a full lunch service. —Alex
2009-12-06 21:06:15 one of the more expensive sushi restaurants in davis, but there motto is quality over quantity. i think its pretty safe to say that they have the best sashimi in davis... —betabeta
2009-12-17 20:23:38 Excellent service. —tierramor
2010-02-04 08:51:17 This place is awful. My sister and I decided to take a chance at a new spot and chose this place for lunch. We ordered a few rolls that seemed to cater to our liking. The rolls were awful, the sauce was just gross. We literally tasted each roll and could not eat anything else. We asked for our check. Had the staff been attentative they would have noticed that we were repulsed by the food, I guess its hard to take care of the ONLY CUSTOMERS IN THE RESTAURANT. I should have just left without paying, but being the good samaritan that I am I paid for the lunch I did not eat. —mzp0p
2010-02-05 14:49:02 I went here with my wife for the first time. I had heard many good things about this place. We ordered the spicy tuna surfboard, bloody mary roll, and futomaki roll. All were very good, the spicy tuna surfboard was spicy tuna on top of a tempura eggplant. It was very original and interesting. The blood mary roll was excellent, the hamachi and scallops were of very high quality. The service was friendly, we asked for a recommendation and she gave honest opinions (I hate it when I ask for a recommendation and the server says something like "well do you like fish or chicken?"). I will definitely go here again, the atmosphere is nice but nothing special. The location is a bit out of the way but it is close to Davis Creamery so desert is an easy choice. Also you should be warned that the large sake is bigger than most other places. Our dinner: 2 miso soup, wakame salad, large sake, tuna surfboard, bloody mary roll, and futomaki roll came out to about $50 with tax and tip.—DagonJones
2010-02-12 14:04:06 Far from a decent Japanese food place. Went there last weekend and was completely disappointed with the food. Especially with the prices we paid. I tried the tonkatsu which was pretty pathetic. Don't even get me started on the udon! I've had better packaged udon from the Nugget. —103
2010-08-03 23:29:22 The price too high,and the food just average, it take too long to have my dinner, not coming back for sure. —Willam
2010-10-30 16:04:12 This is my favorite Japanese restaurant in Davis. It's simple, has the best prices, and it's just plain pleasant to eat at. —elgreen
2010-10-30 18:05:31 This is the best Sashimi and sushi anywhere, there is great staff and nothing is rushed, they take the time to have wonderful presentation too. i highly recommend Moshi Moshi to friends, and i have wanted to write a review. i was just there this week and again wonderful lunch. jamie —JamesMorton
2011-03-02 19:51:00 Their sushi was okay (i got salmon nigiri) but DO NOT get the udon. They tasted nothing like udon. As for the service, we were the only customers there and the waitress wasn't there and wouldn't pay attention to us. (she was in the kitchen). I didn't even bother complaining about the udon. —littlemissbug
2011-03-06 22:48:28 Geat service, but surprisingly pricey. Their rolls aren't that big compared to the price you pay. That said, their sushi is yummy and it's nice to sit at the bar. —kthrnngo
2012-04-30 13:09:58 Oh Moshi Moshi, where have you gone? We used to love this place for great service, prices and food. Now there's only good food and I'm afraid one leg of a triangle isn't enough to come back to. Last Friday we went here with a group of four. We sat with no water, no offer of beverages or service for 15 minutes while the two waitresses buzzed around to the other tables. Ever get that feeling that you're invisible? After giving the stink eye to the chef and the other waitress, they got together and realized that each thought the other was taking care of us. Understandable, yes, but there was no "Hey could we give you some edamame or appetizer on the house for your wait?" only an embarrassed "Gee, thanks for your patience." We finally got to order drinks and two orders of edameme 20 minutes after sitting down. 10 minutes later, the drinks and appetizers got to our table. So, I guess you really weren't sorry that we got forgotten otherwise you would have made us a priority. This while multiple groups who came in after us were served water and drinks first. The food was pretty good but again the prices have gone up steadily for the past 2-3 years. Yes, I understand inflation but if you're going to raise prices be sure to give your customers great service. We don't go out to eat often (and especially sushi), so when we do we'd like to get good quality and service. Sadly Moshi Moshi is "failing" behind and we'll be looking for a new sushi restaurant. —DebWestergaard
2012-07-27 16:48:47 I have only been here for lunch and must say that I have never been disappointed. The rolls are smaller, but they are so good and fresh. I actually prefer the smaller bite rolls then the ones that fall apart or that you have to take three or bites to eat. Today our table had the OJ Dragon and Mighty Bob roll. Both were really good. But a new favorite is the Tuna Tart appetizer. Soooo, good. the service was very good and friendly. —LokiAbbi
2012-09-29 21:52:16 We tried this place recently and are sorry that it has taken us so long to do so! I think we've found our new favorite sushi place in Davis. But I would not bother with the chicken/steak teryaki dishes — I thought they were small for the price. —CovertProfessor
2012-11-03 16:27:45 This place sucks! The price is ridiculous and the food there doesn't worth the price. I tried the beef noodle soup and it was terrible. They charge $1 for a small miso soup, but it 's mainly just water. Fuji's miso soup is way much better. If you really want some good Japanese noodle, go to Zen Toro. —JGuan
"2013-10-09" Finally a Japanese restaurant with an actual range of "vegetarian-friendly" sushi that isn't just inari, tamago, or cucumber+carrots+avocado rolls! I ordered a Midori sushi and thought it was reasonably priced—7-8 rolls for $8.75. —michellenguyen
2014-10-03 20:27:53 i love this place. it's my favorite sushi in davis. HOWEVER, tonight i parked in the lot out front and saw the sushi chef in the parking lot finishing up a cigarette. i've seen him smoking many times and think it's disgusting, but always assumed that of COURSE he would wash his hands before subsequently touching any food. tonight i was proven wrong. he walked into the restaurant from the parking lot right in front of me after smoking his cigarette (and touched the door handle), walked behind the sushi bar, opened up the small fridge, pulled out some raw fish with his bare hands, and started making sushi. no hand washing involved. i'm totally disgusted and bummed by this and almost wish i hadn't seen it. i'll definitely think twice before ordering sushi here again... —mrss