I hadn’t eaten at Muju since it first opened a few years ago, but I when I had the food was delicious, so I was looking forward to going back.
We decided to sit outside on the terrace, with a lovely view overlooking the water and looking through the menu my mouth started to water. Remembering how fresh the sushi was, my choice of starter was a no-brainer, salmon and prawn Sushi would be the perfect start to the meal, and for my dining companion, creamy Thai tom yum soup with prawns, squid and mussels infused with lemon grass and coriander.
When it arrived neither of us were disappointed, the sushi was beautifully fresh and, a rarity for Bahrain, the chef had made the perfect sushi rice. The tom yum soup was relatively mild but beautifully flavoured, with the perfect balance of ingredients and a generous amount of seafood.
Sadly we only faired half as well for the main course. My companion ordered the lamb three ways, described as lamb ragout, roast lamb and lamb steak fillet, served with turned vegetables and red grape sauce. It looked very pretty and flavour-wise it delivered well, unfortunately in my opinion the lamb was a little over-cooked but for my companion, it was perfect and she was a very happy camper.
My main course on the other hand was a series of disappointments. I love duck, so when I saw pan fried duck breast on the menu, described as duck breast served with turnip pulp, caramelised baby shallots and red grape sauce, I was sure I was on to a winner. Not having eaten duck in a while, I was very much looking forward to it, but having ordered it pink in the middle, it arrived very well done, dry and chewy with the tiniest drizzle of sauce. Sending it back, sadly I didn’t fare much better the second time round, as the duck arrived only minimally less cooked, although at least this time the centre slices weren’t quite as dry and chewy, however since by this time my companion had already finished her main course, I gamely just accepted itnand settled for disappointment.
We were visited by the restaurant manager though, who agreed the meat was, indeed, overcooked and offered a free drink and all-in-all, barring my duck fiasco, the meal was pleasant, the staff friendly, if a little slow on the uptake, and the atmosphere was very nice indeed.
The bill (for two) Ebi sushi BD3.500 Saki sushi BD3.500 Tom yum soup BD3.900 Lamb three ways BD7.900 French fries BD2.100 Duck breast BD8.300 Voss water BD2.000 Total (inc tax) BD37.440
MUJU Restaurant & Lounge
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