By Dan Paris

Musashi, established in 1996, is excited to welcome you back to outdoor restaurant dining. Executive sushi chef, Masao Arai, personally trains his staff to be devoted to the small details that make for an excellent dining experience. The seafood is fresh and beautifully presented. The ahi tuna is a deep rich red with a subtle ocean-fresh brightness. Their sea urchin is a velvety, briny mouthful. The fish for the sushi and sashimi is expertly sliced by the sushi chefs. The transparent slices of the ahi carpaccio enhance by the garlic-infused olive oil and citrusy ponzu is my dream appetizer.

Musashi makes several different types of noodle dishes, both cold and hot. The earthy flavor of soba (buckwheat noodles) and soft texture of glassy sukiyaki and ramen enhance your slurping experience.

The tempura is perfectly prepared with a thin, never greasy, coating of batter covering the crisp-tender vegetables and shrimp.


Most Japanese restaurants serve miso soup as an afterthought. Musashi makes theirs with a complex, deep-flavored stock.

The sauces and condiments are all made in-house and are thoughtfully customized to pair with every dish. They serve chicken, pork, and beef tonkatsu in a light panko breading that will ruin your schnitzel cravings forever.

To enhance your meal, Musashi offers rare sakes and a sophisticated wine list. Finish your meal with a scoop of green tea ice cream or frozen mochi.

Musashi Japanese Restaurant
72785 HWY 111, Suite B-4
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Phone: 760-340-9780
Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.