I thought I’d give Momiji Japanese Restaurant a try during the week. We headed off to the Clarkson (Lakeshore) location at about 5:30 pm. It was rush hour so it took a bit longer for us to get there. Momiji is located in a small plaza right on Lakeshore. Theres a McDonalds right near it.
We entered the restaurant and weren’t quite sure which side to wait on. As you enter the restaurant, it divides into two sides and the front entrance gives you access to both sides. There wasn’t a hostess stand or a sign that reads Please Wait To Be Seated. So, finally someone from the back sees us and announces for us to follow her. I had to look for her. She points us to a seat on the right side of the restaurant.
There were already quite a few patrons there when we arrived. The side we sat on was quite tight with booths and other tables within very close proximity to each other. I guess with the other side of the room added, it could hold quite a few customers. The decor wasn’t flashy or too upscale. It was decently decorated in dark wood theme, with some pictures on the wall. I guess it was quite modern, but looked a little worn at the same time.
The waitress took our beverage order and gave us a few minutes to look over the menu. The menu had a pretty good selection and variety.
I chose The Hiromi Dinner (I’ve never seen at other restaurants). It consisted of what they called tempura fish, sweet potato fries, their version of ‘slaw’, and white rice. My daughter ordered the Unagi Donburi. Our meals included miso soup and salad. We also ordered a spicy salmon roll and a Hamachi roll to go with our meal. (Can’t have Japanese without some sushi!).
The miso soup was good. Others may think it a bit salty, but I enjoyed the flavour of it. The salad was fresh, but the dressing didn’t have much taste. Was that orange zest in the dressing? I couldn’t quite taste it.
The rolls were brought out shortly after our appetizers. They were quite enjoyable – quite fresh and not too much rice. The hamachi rolls was garnished with onions which added a nice flavour to the roll. The seaweed was a good chewiness. My daughter didn’t think much of the hamachi roll. The spicy salmon roll was also quite fresh and tasted good. I considered the rolls were the highlights of the whole dinner.
Our main courses came soon. My daughter did not enjoy her unagi meal and could not eat it at all. She said it tasted really fishy and they just slathered teriyaki sauce on it. I asked her to compare it to Hinote and Song Cook. She said she really enjoyed the Song Cook unagi dish and that we should go back there one day.
My meal was okay. The tempura fish was just deep fried fish. It did not have that crispy tempura texture, it was just coated in flour or corn starch and placed in oil to cook. It looked weird on the plate. They gave plenty, but it was also a little oily – I only ate about two pieces of the fish because of the oil. The slaw and the sweet potato fries were great. I ate all of those and also the steamed rice. Also, I just looked at the menu online and I don’t recall the sauce accompanying my meal.
The waitress took a looong time to bring our bill. She brought us the take out container but didn’t think to bring the bill along with it. We had to wait til we could flag her down.
The total for our meal with tip and tax was about $66.00. My daughter told me not to come here again unless we really had to.
I will upload photos soon.
Address: Momiji Japanese Restaurant – 1601 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga, ON