Restaurant Review: Mura – Raleigh, N.C.

We recently had an unexpected night away from the kids and decided to go to Mura at the last minute. This is becoming one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh. Located in the once again trendy North Hills shopping center off of Six Forks Road, Mura is a beautiful Japanese fusion restaurant, serving Kobe beef, a variety of steaks, seafood, mixed cuisine and the finest grade sushi. It has won a handful of “best-of” awards since opening in 2008.

This was my third (or fourth) visit to Mura, and it keeps getting better each time!

Mira has recently expanded its outside seating, but since it was still almost 90 degrees we opted to dine inside, which is upscale and chic. The bar area is large, light and quite spacicous. In additon, there are at least three rooms with traditional Japanese seating.  The main dining area is fairly small (I counted 19 tables/booths, most sat four). I love the full-length red kimono on one of the walls – stunning!

Nice  wine list – bottles ranging from $28.00 up to $210.00. There is a fair selection of wines by the glass and the best thing was that on the night we were there (Sunday) these are half price. Yaaaay.

Brad’s wine: 2008 Dona Paula Estate Malbec, Argentina ($9.00 – ½ off !) Kel’s wine: 2010 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand ($10.00, ½ off !)

Brad’s salad: Garden ($6.00) – Fresh spring mix, cucumber, carrots, onions, tomatoes. Signature salad dressing.

This salad was beautiful and the veggies were fresh. Brad said the dressing was good – he ate all of it, so I guess he liked it.

Kel’s salad: Avocado ($8.00) – Sliced avocado, spring greens,  cucumber, carrots, onions, tomatoes. Miso dressing.

Wow! This salad rocks, but you have to love avocados (which, BTW, are so good for you) because you get 1/2 of a freshly sliced one on top of fresh greens. The miso dressing on this salad is awesome- I told Brad that this is probably going to be a lunchtime staple for me! Yaaaay salad!

Carolina Roll ($13.00) – Tuna, avocado, cream cheese, jalapeno inside. Tempura fried. Spicy mayo, eel sauce and scallions.

Absolutely one of my favorite rolls in Raleigh (and an inspiration for a future sushi roll blog.) This was fantastic! The cream cheese tempered the jalapeno nicely, although Brad would have liked more spice (I could go for more as well, but also loved this as it was.) The avocado, tuna and eel sauce – some of my roll favorites – puts this roll on the top of my list!

Brad’s small plate:  Yakitori ($7.00) – Grilled, seasoned chicken skewers. Teriyaki sauce.

He liked – just liked. Good, but nothing special.

Kel’s small plate: Tuna Crab Cake ($9.00) –  Fresh yellowfin tuna and lump crab cake. Served atop crispy potato laces. Mustard aioli.

Nice twist (tuna) on an old favorite (crab),  but I guess I’m a crab purist and Iike crab cakes with no other seafood in the mix. Check out my previous blogs on tuna and crab recipes.

On previous visits I had braised short ribs ($8.00) and calamari tempura ($7.00). I almost ordered the calamari again this time, but wanted to go with something different. The short ribs were excellent – they came with creamy kale and I will get these again when I go back to carnivore world. Yum!

*Note – all food descriptions in italics came directly from Mura’s website at: http://www.muranorthhills.com/index.php/food

Ratings

  • Price:   Nice          Reasonable, especially the small plates and   wine on Sunday.
  • Service: 4.00        Good on all of our visits, some a tad better than others .
  • Food:  4.25           Gets better and better every time I go.
  • Recommend:        Absolutely  – Mura is becoming one of my Raleigh favs!
  • Kid friendly:          Maybe – I saw a couple of kids there. It’s more romantic without.

1= hater, 2=poor, 3=adequate, 4=above average, 5=superb

Bon appétit!

Eat, drink and be merry!

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