Warren Street's newly opened izakaya restaurant, Mushu, sets a minimalist yet warm atmosphere for casual and delicious dining. With its menu of well priced, contemporary “tapas”, noodle dishes and rice sets, Mushu is worth keeping on the radar, which considering all the eatery options in the area is impressive.
Moreish items such as handmade “signature Beijing dumplings” (£5.75 for six pieces, £8.95 for ten) and pork and cabbage potstickers (£5.95/£9.20) are definitely downable, while the must-try nasu dengaku (creamy soft aubergine “oozing” with sweet miso sauce, £4.95) is a plate of umami wonder. Crisp prawn tempura (lightly battered black tiger prawns, £6.10) and a massive bowl spicy beef and kimchi dumpling noodle soup (£7.80) beckon as well, along with a range of flavoursome bits for veggies and carnos alike.
One half of the husband/wife team behind Mushu, co-owner Szu-Yuen was pleasant and earnest company during our recent lunchtime visit. Her concept is tasty and tasteful and one she reckons is good for a quick lunch or quiet evening. Londonist would be inclined to agree.
Mushu is located at 53 Warren Street, W1T 5NL. Visit the restaurant online at www.mushu.co.uk.