After a spending an hour or so in a freezing Mariinsky Park, Antonina and I desperately needed to recover in a cosy, warm place. I suggested Murakami, a Japanese restaurant tucked away in lower reaches of the Hotel Khreschatyk.
It’s one of around a dozen Murakami restaurants in Kiev. So far I’ve only dined at this one. I keep coming back because the food is consistently good and the restaurant layout and tables offer an above average level of privacy.
It was around 4 pm on Wednesday afternoon so the restaurant was fairly empty. We chose our table and the waitress was quick to serve us.
The menu offers a good choice of sashimi, sushi, starters, salads, plus hot dishes such as noodles. English translations are included on the menu.
We both opted for cheese miso soup with prawn at 84 UAH. For a main Antonina chose Philadelphia roll with salmon at 118 UAH while I went for the salmon roll with fresh basil. Each main included 8 substantial pieces of sushi, together with a more than adequate supply of ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce. All dishes were fresh and tasty.
Murakami is slightly more expensive than Sushiya, another Japanese restaurant chain in Kiev. This branch at least offers a more private dining experience and would be a better venue for a romantic meal.
The total bill for two persons came to 565 UAH, including fresh orange juice at 58 UAH and something described on the bill as burning cocktail for 72 UAH. I’m not sure what this was, and only noticed it why writing this review, but I suspect we were overcharged. Antonina was drinking tea.
The restaurant can be a little tricky to find if you’ve not been before. Go into the Hotel Khreschatyk and turn immediately left down the stairway.
The Hotel Khreschatyk is located on Khreshchatyk, the main street in Kiev city centre. It’s just north of Independence Square. The closest Metro stations are Maidan Nezalezhnosti and Khreshchatyk. Both are within easy walking distance.
Visit Kiev Ukraine dined at Murakami on Khreshchatyk in January 2017. Unlike many other Kiev travel and dining websites we pay for our own food and drink and do not let the staff know we are reviewing their restaurant.
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Murakami – Khreshchatyk
14 Khreshchatyk Street
Nearest Metro Station(s): Khreschatyk, Maidan Nezalezhnosti