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Restaurant Murata Restaurant Review: The best place to sit at Restaurant Murata might be the sushi bar where you can watch the master chefs at work. Otherwise, reserve a private tatami room to bypass the tiny (eight tables) dining room. While more expensive than many Japanese places around town, the quality of ingredients and attention to detail here justify the price, and the kimono-clad waitresses couldn't be more gracious. Fresh sushi and sashimi include such exotic elements as raw octopus, uni, amberjack, oysters and geoduck. Follow up with lacy tempura or soft-shell crabs. Other hard-to-find specialties include zosui (Japanese rice soup) and Okinawa-style sushi. Hot towels offered before dining are a classy touch. Wine, beer, saké and cocktails comprise the beverage list. Murata’s location close to the Keller Auditorium makes this a fine choice for a pre-show dinner.