Munich, the capital of Bavaria, is the place to be for good japanese cuisine and real Sushi very thin, we agree with many sushi lovers and Japanese chefs. And not because there is so much good competition - but unfortunately a lot of bad.
In our article Sushi in Munich we give a small overview of how we perceive the current status of sushi in Munich and which restaurants we have in addition to our Restaurant Sansaro can recommend in good conscience. This is about the restaurant Mitani in Rablstrasse.
Mitani, a Japanese run restaurant
In the 1990s, Rablstraße 45 was once home to the first Tokami Restaurant in Munich, where there was already relatively high-quality Japanese cuisine and sushi at that time.
Since about 2004, Japanese karateka Yoko Mitani has taken over the premises and runs the Mitani Restaurant there.
Sushi & hot cuisine at Mitani
For many years, Mitani made a name for itself by offering a sensationally cheap lunch:
8 euros for nigirizushi, (very tasty!) karaage or other dishes with salad, miso soup, dessert - a sensational deal.
In the evening, there was a clear difference in price and quality upwards at that time.
Meanwhile, the Mitani is only open in the evenings from Tuesday to Saturday and is very busy even on slow days: "Haidhausen is a neighborhood for connoisseurs!" explains a young Munich-based expert on Japan.
Sometimes, unfortunately, the service is a bit short-tempered: the Mitani has also suffered from the Corona crisis, and some of the service staff have gone back to Japan. In a crisis, the safety-oriented Japanese (and most Japanese are) like to go home to familiar surroundings.
The menu offers the typical range of Japanese restaurants outside Japan: from simple Japanese appetizers, hot main courses (also Shabu Shabu & Sukiyaki!), Sushi & Sashimi.
Top recommendation at Mitani, past & present: Karaage
But what has always excited us the most at Mitani, in the past and now, is the Karaage - in our opinion, the best in Munich so far (yes, better than at AOI Ramen, which some like to talk about).
Karaage are deep-fried chicken fillets with a spicy crust, typically served with lemon, sauce and mayonnaise for dipping. Quite typical for the end of the day in Japan, by the way, with a whiskey highball.
After we have been through 2022 once again Sushi, Sashimi and various appetizers, we recommend the Mitani for a typical Japanese after work: order a delicious beer (the Mitani has something different to offer than just the "TV beers"), Karaage and perhaps other appetizers to snack. Or even several portions of karaage 😉 We'll try the sukiyaki next time...
Opening hours of the Mitani
Tuesday to Saturday open from 18h.
Attention, kitchen takes the last order already at 21h!
We recommend reserving by phone, as the Mitani fills up quickly during the narrow opening hours with the few seats and only one chef for sushi and one cook for hot food. You can reach Mitani by phone for reservations best between 16.30h and 18h on opening days, an online reservation à la OpenTable is unfortunately not (yet) available.
Besides, vacations and closed days are sometimes not registered on Google, so be careful with spontaneous visits.
Conclusion: Japanese all-round restaurant for Haidhausen residents
Japanese all-round restaurant with lively flair, a selection of sushi, sashimi and delicious hot dishes. For us the best karaage in Munich so far & in addition a delicious beer, which you do not meet everywhere.
Ideal for people who live nearby, as parking is extremely difficult and there are currently no other proper Japanese in the area.
Contact: Restaurant Mitani | Rablstraße 45, 81669 Munich | Tel. 089 4489526 | none own website
✓ Reservation recommendation! (By phone 16.30h to 18h!)
✗ No Take-Away!