Bold Street, Liverpool, L1
Review by Hannah Fowler
It’s been just over a year since Miyagi burst on to Bold Street’s thriving food and drink scene – hard to believe given its popularity and following in Liverpool. But with food described as ‘Japanese soul food meets ghetto Asian’, it’s no surprise the concept has been a hit.
Having visited the restaurant a few times before, I was excited to return with my sister who had yet to visit. Perhaps in keeping with the fusion menu, the interior is a mix of old and new and a crossover of cultures.
Miyagi has a modern, industrial vibe inside with contemporary east-meets-west décor. Ornate graffiti covers exposed brick walls while the lavish jade and gold painted ceiling gives the restaurant that added character and charm.
After arriving at our table booth, my guest and I each chose the South Pacific cocktail (£7.50). Made with fresh passion fruit, apple, mint, Passao and Sailor Jerry, the cocktail was fruity, fresh and presented beautifully.
The eatery serves a varied menu of sushi, small plates, ramen, buns and laksas. The soul food menu is perfect for sharing and trying new dishes and features small plates such as Korean chicken wings (£5.75), blackened cod (£6.95) and beef nori taco (£5.95).
My sister and I ordered Mr M’s tiger prawn tempura (£6.95) and the fried crispy duck gyoza with hoisin (£5.75) to start. At Miyagi, food comes out as and when it’s ready, meaning all the food is hot, fresh and delicious.
As one of my favourite Miyagi dishes, the prawn tempura didn’t disappoint. The huge prawns were encased in a crunchy batter and were perfectly cooked, while the mustard dipping sauce on the side gave the dish a hint of spice. Similarly, the crispy duck gyozas lived up to their name and were filled with seasoned shredded duck – even better when dipped in the accompanying hoisin sauce (it’s worth the struggle with the chopsticks).
For my main, I decided on the sticky chilli beef with egg fried rice (£11.95). The crispy bites of chilli beef, topped with green chilli, were packed with flavour and had just the right kick of spice. Served with fluffy egg fried rice, the dish was proper Asian comfort food which I could enjoy again and again.
My sister opted for the chicken katsu curry with Mr M’s special fried rice (£10.50). The succulent chicken, coated in crispy breadcrumbs and served golden brown was topped with a rich Katsu curry sauce. The sweet sauce was perfectly balanced by the spicy infused rice which was full of authentic Japanese flavours.
With no room left for dessert after the sharing starters and large mains, we decided it was the perfect excuse to return another day. With black sesame custard doughnuts (£4.95) and chocolate brownie spring rolls (£5.95) on the menu, it would be hard to resist.
Miyagi offers a great food menu made up of varying styles of Asian cuisine. Teamed with friendly staff, delicious cocktails and cool interiors, it’s definitely worth a return trip.