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Mura North Hills

When we lived in Durham, we had the luxury of living 5 minutes down the road from Sushi Love.  It quickly became our “go to” dinner place thanks to their daily “buy one, get one free” special.  Since we’ve moved to Raleigh, I’ve been looking for a place that could serve as a stand-in on days we don’t want to drive to Durham for sushi.  I had heard good things about Mura, so we decided to check it out.

As soon as we walked in, I felt underdressed.  The inside of the restaurant is quite stylish and…in a word… sexy. I can see it being a great date night kind of place.

We started out with soup as our appetizers.  Ian had the cream of mushroom soup and I had the miso soup.  My miso was nothing to “write home about,” but then again, I can’t remember the last time I had one that blew me away.  It was good and it was warm – that’s really all I wanted.

Next up were the sushi rolls!  On the left – a TNT Crunch and a Screaming O roll.  On the right – a Lobster Salad and a HardRock roll.

I enjoyed both of my rolls (the ones pictured on the left) and Ian seemed to enjoy his as well.  I stole a piece of his Lobster Salad roll and was not terribly impressed.

Finally, there was this beautiful dessert…

This beauty is called a Tempura Ice Cream and it was the best part of the meal.  The crunchy exterior complimented the vanilla ice cream beautifully.  It was big enough to easily split between three people!

Overall, the restaurant was good.  The best parts were the ambiance and the dessert.  The sushi rolls were good, but not exceptional.  We visited Mura on a Tuesday because that’s the day when they have their “buy one, get one 50% off” special.  I’ll go back on a Tuesday again, but I don’t think the rolls were delicious enough to pay full price.  Next time, I’ll try the non sushi menu and see if it is more noteworthy than the rolls.

Finally, I wanted to point out two things about this restaurant.  First, the bar area is spiffy.  I can see it being a cool place to grab a martini.  Second, the restaurant has Tatami rooms for larger groups.  I haven’t been to another Japanese restaurant in the area (yet!  not to say that they don’t exist!) that had these pretty rooms available.  It would be a fun room to reserve for a dinner party with friends.

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