We stopped by here for lunch due to work and since Guu was closed. Seems like just another sushi restaurant, and it is. (Not sure if it is Japanese run, I thought I heard them speaking in Japanese, but I wasn't paying attention).
Service was very quick, prompt. Not super friendly, but who cares. It isn't unexpected from a lunch rush at a place like this.
Menu looked pretty standard. A bunch of special lunch boxes you can pick from as well as individual items. Wasn't feeling particularly hungry, so I just picked one of the specials and my colleagues also ordered the specials and other bento boxes.
The surprise was when my box came! about half a roll worth (not small), a couple of pieces of nigiri, 6 pieces of sashimi, salad, rice, soup ... all under $7. Okay, so it's not the best cuts of sushi ever, but it was at least fresh. For the price, I'm not disappointed given the quantities. So it isn't Samurai huge or Sushi King grande, but then I don't get too bloated or sick afterwards either ;-)
It's certainly not a destination (unless you count the slightly diner style decor) but if you're in the area or need a fast lunch, this is a good place to hit. They're fast, cheap and you won't leave feeling hungry.
I was in Gastown, wanted sushi and decided to check it out. I ordered the dynamte roll, avacado roll, 3 salmon nigiri and cucumber roll. when I walked in, I thought the service was rushed..it wasn't busy for 11.30am, and didn't get it. I placed my order, the dynmate roll wasn't too bad, but fell apart very easily. I liked the avacado and cucumber roll, both tasty. The Salmon nigiri wasn't very good, only ate 1 piece, and wasn't wild about their wasabi or ginger. It could have been an off day, they gave me the bill and wish the staff was a bit more friendlier.
I doubt I will return.
The value is so good, I love how most combos include the vermicelli in rice vinegar salad (ebi something). The terriyaki (and tempuras) are excellent, their deep fried stuff is really good for price. No oily oil aftertaste, very crisy. It's like they deep fry their terriyaki chicken. The sashimi is always very fresh (I've eaten here at least 6 times), the size of the pieces isn't consistent though. Sometimes the pieces are huge, sometimes quite meager looking but nonetheless I am stuffed after a 6.95 combo. the $7 combo includes 3 pieces of cali roll (only bad thing, their sushi! heh) The sushi rice is less than satisfactory. It also comes with miso soup and a fresh tasty salad. I think 3/4 pieces of sashimi, bowl of rice, and something else. For $10, you can eat for 2! Once I also ordered their philadelphia roll ($4.50 for 6) It wasn't very good
Thus 3 stars for food because other than the cheap decent deals and their sashimi, I wouldn't come here for sushi
My boyfriend and I just ate at MoMo for the first time. When we walked in, the hostess barely greeted us, grabbed a couple of menus, and ran to the back so fast I lost her and didn't know where she was seating us. Eventually we found our table in a little alcove with one other table in it. We were given tea right away and then left to sit with our menus for a good 15 minutes. I remarked to my boyfriend that I was disappointed that this place doesn't have a "special roll" menu -- just the typical fare. We later saw one on the way out that nobody had shown to us.
Once the server eventually showed up to take our order, she seemed so irritated by our mere existence that she actually started to grab the menus and walk away before we'd even finished ordering. She then came back to tell us they were out of Asahi -- normally that wouldn't bother me, but it just added to the whole negative experience.
Our sushi combo and gyoza came right away, and the server dropped off ONE soy dish. No side plates. I eventually had to get up and ask a server for more dishes so we could eat. She came by with another soy dish, no plates. I asked for plates, and when she brought them she dropped them on the table and hurried off. Mine was filthy. I had to get up and get another one. Once we finally had our food AND plates, our food was delicious and fresh. It was actually some of the best sushi I've had. I was really looking forward to the red dragon roll we'd ordered...but it never came. The server came by at one point with more tea for the table next to us...and didn't fill ours. We called after her to get her to come back, but she ignored us. After we waited for about half an hour for our red dragon roll, we gave up and went to pay for what we'd already eaten. We got no apology...only "it's coming!" Yeah, so is Christmas.
For a late lunch, we headed to Momo Sushi at their Gastown location. As there was no lineup today, we were seated, and I ordered the Special Box B. Shortly after ordering, I got my miso soup and green salad to start. It didn't take too long until the bento box arrived, and it was filled with lots of food - teriyaki chicken, 3 pieces of nigiri sushi (tuna, salmon, ebi), california rolls, shrimp and vegetable tempura, and sunomono. Was there anything else? Yes! It came with a bowl of rice. Well, it probably wasn't the best bento box I had, but it was pretty decent and for $8.95, I found it to be really good value. The service was not bad either and the ambience was okay.
I was looking forward to visiting Momo Sushi again for their chirashi and I was very disappointed by some of the quality of the fish. Some of the pieces were hard and a couple were slightly off. When I told one waitress about the meal she smiled and ignored me. Then I told another waitress who offered to change it for me. In the end, they gave me some seaweed on the house. My hands smelled fishy all afternoon.
Momo Sushi is our go-to sushi lunch spot. Our work group comes here every week, sometimes twice a week. It's in Gastown and probably was an old 50s or 60s diner in a previous life. It's tiered with about 8 booths and a couple larger tables. The sushi chefs are up front but there's no sushi bar except at the back where you can only see the kitchen where the food is being cooked and the dishes being washed. The place gets crowded at lunch time so the secret is to get there early.
The food is Japanese comfort food. The Special Box A with California roll, tuna and salmon sushi, 3 piece Salmon and 3 piece Tuna sashimi, salad, rice, miso soup will set you back $6.95, which is a heck of a deal. Good value for your hard earned dollars. You can also have other bento boxes with tempura, the usual bento experience common to the hundreds of similar shops set up here in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver. Plus don buri and udon noodles dishes. All of them are good deals.
The service is ok. Actually for us, it's pretty good as the waitresses know us fairly well. They know who wants the water and who wants the tea. For the most part, they are very fast.
I like the place. It serves good comfort food, offers great value.
On a Monday before the lunch crowd, I walked in when the restaurant opened, at 11:30 a.m.
This is a very small restaurant, but there were no diners when I had arrived.
I was flabbergasted when I was escorted to a back seat, in the single diner section FACING A WALL. I don't mind single seating, say, at a sushi bar, single seating facing a window, but FACING A WALL.
My comment to the waitress: There is nobody here, is that where you want to stick me. I should have walked out at that moment. I was seated in a booth.
The food came out immediately, which makes me wonder, how considering the restaurant opened at 11:30. Makes me think my food was heated up from leftovers.
Ordered a typical chicken teriyaki combo box, you'd find at most japanese restaurants, and was thoroughly disappointed. The rice wasn't even hot. How do you screw up on rice?
Then, you have to use a key to use the restroom.
When I left, I was the only one still seated.
I ended up going to SPICE on Cambie for a meal a couple of hours later.
I was in Vancouver with my fiance and we both had the urge to eat sushi for lunch. We asked the chap at the hotel lobby for a good place, and he suggested Momo... I was very pleased with the quick and friendly service, nothing spectacular mind you but I ordered the food came quickly and the server was nice enough. What makes this place special is the value. 30$ got a huge portion of Sushi (we were both stuffed and had to change our dinner reservation) and it tasted fantastic, I don't mean gourmet restaurant fantastic, but better than what you would find in an all you can eat place, and really about the same price unless you need 2000 calories worth of sushi.
We liked the place so much we came back the next day and got some sushi to take back to Tacoma. GO Momo!
I am a Momo repeat customer (I probably hit it up a couple of times a week), for a number of reasons.
First, the price is right; the meals include a lot of food and range from $6.95 for a generous small box to $14.95 for a huge one. I usually enjoy their spicy tuna rolls along with miso soup and tea (which they don't charge for) and can get in and out for $10.
Also, the service is quite speedy. They aren't super friendly, but they definitely get the job done (and that's OK with me).
The decor is nothing fancy, but it's clean. The food is solid; it's not amazing, but as mentioned earlier the value for what you get at the quality they do have is very worth it.
If you're in Gastown and you are in the mood for unpretentious sushi at a good value, I would recommend this place. :)