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Posted by joe on 01/30/2006
just because it looks like sushi and its served in a trendy looking place by asian people, it does NOTmean its good sushi!! there are density and consistency factors to rice when it comes to sushi...kinda like al dente pasta for italians. frankly, if the rice sucks, you can't possibly be serving good sushi. actually, the sashimi was decent since it didn't involve their rice. as for even simple things like spicy tuna rolls (not sure who u can mess that up) i've seen and definitely tasted better.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/28/2005
What else to say... it's a bit weird because they don't really deliver and they're closed on sunday, but food is really good for the best price. Matsuri is more trendy but not the same price. We go there like 5 times a week between lunch and dinner and we still love the place! Sit at the corner of the bar and ask for special sushis, it's always a good surprise.
Posted by anonymous on 12/02/2005
One wall of the place is like a clear garage door. There are even rails so I guess they could open it in the summer. It gives the place a bit of a cold feeling. The lighting is on the dark side. The staff are attentive enough. The food is better than other sushi joints in the area, but there is higher quality sushi around the city. I called for delivery on a Friday night at 7:30 and they said they don't deliver after 7!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/21/2005
This is an odd place. It's often slightly on the empty side but the food is better then average and the decor is nice. Also, I tried to order take out slightly after 10pm and the person told me they stop doing take out, even though they are open quite late. I'm not quite sure I understand why you wowuld turn down the easiest business a restuarant can possibly ask for. It's not like Momoya is Daniel or Le Bernadin. Oh, and the music always seems slightly off. An odd place.
Posted by Anthony on 10/17/2005
A wonderful Japanese restaurant. Well priced too! Went there recently on a Saturday night. They were very busy, but there was an opening at the Sushi Bar. The service was good, the food and presentation very good. I recommend this restaurant.
Posted by Helen on 10/06/2005
Thank God there's finally good Japanese in our neighborhood! The ingredients are very fresh and high quality. The Yellowtail in the roll is a whole piece of fish, not chopped up like some of the restaurants. Makes you think that it's truly fresh - they have nothing to hide. What makes a good restaurant is the quality of the ingredients, and Momoya doesn't cut corners. This is a real Japanese restaurant opened by a Japanese owner (a woman as well!), not a Chinese restaurant in disguise! This restaurant is for those who truly appreciates good food.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/18/2005
Went there at 8:00 p.m. Sushi bar was completely empty. Sat down. Three young sushi chefs stood there looking completely vacant. I waited and waited for one of three sushi chefs to look in my direction. Remember there were three of them and I was the only person at the sushi bar (they were also making sushi for the patrons at tables, but the restaurant was not very full). Nothing. Finally, I managed to place and order and got a single small piece of sushi (each order here is one piece, not two). It was average mediocre sushi - not as bad as supermarket sushi, not great. After eating my one piece of sushi, I sat and sat and waited for one of the chefs to take another order. Again, nothing. Finally, I snagged the attention of the chef closest to me (and it is a really small sushi bar) and managed to successfully order a second piece of sushi. I am still the only person at the sushi bar. After eating my second small piece of sushi, I waited and waited and finally got to order a third piece of sushi. But after that, it was all over. I was completely ignored. For about 10 minutes. Finally, I decided, "this is just too much trouble." I was still hungry, so I flagged a waiter and order tea and the green tea panna cota dessert (which was mediocre). I paid my bill and didn't leave and exited without leaving a tip - the first time I have done that in at least 15 years. If are looking for a loungy hip looking place to have a drink, you might like this place. But if you are at all discriminating about sushi and value competent service, I do not recommend this place.