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'.
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.
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.
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.