Moshi Moshi Bar + Ramen starts lunch service next week. While the two-month-old Stadium eatery is known for its ramen and cocktails by night, it’s about to become known for its sandwiches and donburi bowls by day.
Specifically, the fried katsu sandwiches. One is made with pork, the other beef.
For the fried pork sandwich, Chef Aaron Grissom said he’s making pork sausage, breading it, frying it and serving it with a swipe of kewpie mayo and other flavor enhancers.
Grissom said he's also come up with three versions of “toasts,” which are “playing off the idea of a sandwich, but a little bit lighter.”
One will be made with a shrimp-scallop salad flavored with cured egg kewpie and spring peas. Another will be a sunnyside egg, bacon and avocado toast with mirin-and-vinegar soaked cherry tomatoes that have been dried. The third will be a Dungeness crab toast.
There’s also a choice of donburi rice bowls.
“We’ll do a harissa-spiced chicken, with dried plums, avocado. We’ll do a play on a poke bowl with hamachi, instead of ahi, with grilled peaches, burned almonds,” said Grissom.
The menu also will include a smoked tofu salad. Two kinds of bao buns (mushroom or pork) will be made from dough created by Grit City Baking Co., a Hilltop bakery that’s working on opening its doors this year.
The Moshi Moshi lunch menu will list one of my favorite dishes from the opening menu, the outstanding fried chicken karaage served with mayo made from house-cured eggs. There’s also a vegetarian cauliflower version available.
And ramen, of course, will be represented on the lunch menu. A build-your-own $8 ramen bowl gives diners a choice of ingredients.
Grissom, who runs the restaurant with Buoy Ngov and Yu Nanakornphanom of neighboring Indo Asian Street Eatery, said the goal for Moshi Moshi is to offer a fast lunch at a fair price. The only items priced over $12 will be the more expensive seafood items made with Dungeness crab and hamachi.
“The whole idea for lunch is to get bang for your buck, a good value, and get in and out quickly. You want it fast, affordable and taste good. We’re hitting on those cylinders,” said Grissom.
Lunch service starts at noon Monday (June 25).
Moshi Moshi Bar + Ramen
Where: 110 N. Tacoma Ave, Suite B, Tacoma
Hours: Noon-10 p.m. weekdays. Open late Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday.