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Murasaki Restaurant Review: When Murasaki opened in Simsbury in 1990, it was one of Greater Hartford's first Japanese restaurants---hence a destination for adventurous foodies. Many competitors have arrived on the scene since, but this eatery, which moved to West Hartford in 2004, remains one of the area's premier destinations for well-executed Japanese fare. Intimate as the set-up is---an eleven-seat sushi bar supplements all of seven tables---you'll have a prime view of the sushi chefs no matter where you sit; but rest assured that what emerges from the kitchen is prepared with an equal sensitivity toward balanced textures and subtle flavors. Beyond the usual hand rolls and assorted noodle bowls, we recommend the house version of fried calamari---panko-breaded cuttlefish served with a zesty teriyaki dip. Even the miso soup is notably dense and rich, and the tempura light and crispy. And for those who want some culture with their sushi, don't forget about the second location at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford.