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by Claire Winlow (subscribe)
I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities while on maternity leave
Published December 25th 2012
Because lunch doesn't have to be a sandwich


Jericho is just a bit cooler than mainstream city centre Oxford, with Little Clarendon Street being a beacon for eating and drinking. Slap bang in the middle of this small road you can find Moshi, an informal Japanese Restaurant.

I used to live only a few moments walk from Little Clarendon Street and thought I'd pop down to grab some lunch and see if there had been any changes. I've passed Moshi a few times in the past and decided to venture in for the first time in the hunt for an alternative to the common sandwich. Moshi is a Japanese term usually used on the phone to say 'hi'.

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Simple decor at Moshi

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Long benches are great for an informal sit down


Inside Moshi is quite minimalist with a couple of large long tables with benches and simple artwork on the wall. It's the sort of place to get a big steaming bowl of noodles and sit down next a stranger or go with a group of friends. It would be less suitable for a romantic meal for two.

The kitchen is open with a good view of their creations being made. I was greeted by the friendly Japanese couple who run Moshi. It was before the lunchtime rush and they were happy for me to get a little closer and watch the sushi being prepared.

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Sushi made in house


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8 pieces of grilled chicken Gyoza 4.95


There are other Japanese and Asian inspired food choices also available. I decided to try their chicken gyoza. Eight plump and tender dumplings, lightly grilled on one side with their own Gyoza dipping sauce. They were very tasty and a bit more interesting than a sandwich on a cold December lunchtime. Moshi has a good range of rice noodle soups starting from 3.95 and rice boxes like the Teriyaki Salmon with vegetables and rice at 4.95 for a medium box. A good value and tasty filling option that might appeal to students are the chicken, beef, pork or vegetable buns for only 1.50.

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Only one bun left


Check out their blackboard for daily specials. On the day I visited they had Teriyaki chicken, Japanese grill fish and Kave Lomen (a spicy soup made from lemongrass, coconut milk, shrimp paste and red chillies.

Moshi have a range of Asian sauces for sale including chilli sauce, soya sauce and oils which you can purchase to take away.



If you're looking for an alternative to a sandwich one lunchtime, then why not pop into Moshi and say hi.
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Why? An interesting alternative to sandwiches
When: 11am to 9pm (closes 6pm on Sundays)
Where: 23 Little Clarendon St, Oxford, OX1 2HU
Cost: From 1.50 for a bun or from 1.95 for sushi
Your Comment
Looks like a cool place
by Jane Street (score: 2|436) 665 days ago
The gyoza look really good. Did they sell other types of dumplings?
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|360) 665 days ago
Have you tried Edamame for Japanese food,. They do amazing sushi.
by rober (score: 1|24) 661 days ago
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