Thursday, May 17, 2012
Alexandria, VA 22314
Good Stuff, The Canopy, Mama Rosa...) so for today at lunch I wanted something on the lighter side and usually when I think of the lighter side, I think sushi. I have a hard time evaluating sushi when it's not an omakase like Sushi of Gari since that is a pre-defined flow of a meal and of course all you have to say is foie gras sushi and you've pretty much described the experience. However, when I'm having sushi for lunch and still have to get back to work, I don't like choosing individual pieces and I just go for the quick and easy Sushi meals that restaurants provide. Also, I stopped ordering rolls years ago since I prefer the cleaner flavors you find with just nigiri. This may have reduced my exposure to some of the more creative dishes in a sushi restaurant.
I decided to go back to Old Town Alexandria and try out Momo Sushi which seems to have garnered a lot of positive reviews. It's located in a pretty quiet part of Old Town, far away from the main downtown area and surrounded by townhomes and tree lined streets. It's a quaint, narrow townhouse itself that opens up into smallish sushi restaurant. The lower level only has a sushi bar with about 3 tables and I'm told there is an upstairs which I hope is substantially bigger. The place struck me as a cozy, out of way restaurant that seems to have built up a very loyal client base.
One of my better food experiences was with Blue Ribbon Sushi in Soho where they serve you just the Miso soup broth but have the paste on the side. This allows you to control the miso flavor in your soup and creates a neat interactive experience. I've always wondered why more restaurants didn't do that and you're probably wondering why I'm even talking about it but since my meal came with miso soup and a salad, that thought popped into my mind since I didn't have anything particularly interesting to write about this particular Miso soup beyond that it was like every Miso soup you've ever had. The salad thing is always perplexing to me. It's a plain salad with a dressing akin to thousand island dressing. I never eat it and it just feels so out of place in this type of meal.
I also ordered the shu mai since I craved something cooked beyond soup. This is where I found a bit of a fishy taste which made me think these were not wholly fresh and probably had been frozen for a while. I would just pass on these and stick with the sushi when I come back.
I've always tended to classify my sushi restaurants as higher end joints that are a special experience like Sushi Yasuda or as regular places that you can go back to often and will give you a reliable and fresh sushi meal with some sake mixed in like Sushi Choshi. I would put Momo Sushi squarely in the latter category. It is a quaint, out of the way, cozy restaurant that will give you simple and fresh sushi that won't break the bank which will keep you coming back. What else can you ask for?