Momo Sushi Kelowna

CORR Star Ratings - 4 star - superb

Thanks to Momo Sushi in Kelowna, I think I’m addicted to Japanese food.

I first tried sushi a few years ago and was very slow to warm up to it. Recently seeking a simple take-out, I risked popping into Momo Sushi. Unsure of what to try, the waitress was so friendly and helpful, offering suggestions and bringing a complimentary tea to make me feel right at home. I stuck with a safe bet, BBQ Chicken Donburi (which also came with miso soup). It was delicious.

A week later, 2 sushi connoisseur friends — 1 of which was already a well-established fan of Momo’s — suggested we go there for lunch.

We each selected different Maki Sushi Rolls so that we could swap and try off each other’s plates. Pam chose the Spicy Scallop Roll (below, bottom) and the Crispy Crispy Roll (below, top) which contains shrimp and yam tempura, crab meat and cucumber.

Hilarie picked the Spicy Tuna Roll (yes, the tuna is raw).

She also got the California Roll (which includes crab meat, avocado, cucumber and sesame seeds).

I went a bit safe with the Chicken Teriyaki Roll (below, bottom). It turned out that I was more keen on the raw tuna and raw scallop! I also ordered the Ebi Ebi Roll (below, top) which contains shrimp tempura. Now that was really a nice light crunch mixed in with perfect texture of rice and just the right amount of sauce for added flavour.

They were all absolutely fantastic. So yummy, in fact, that just a few days later Hilarie and I went back for more! We had the gyoza.

She got a repeat order of the Spicy Tuna Roll (below, top) because it was just that good. I asked for a half order of prawn tempura which was delightfully delicate. The Spicy Vege Roll (below, bottom) intrigued me with its description: yam tempura and deep fried tofu, fine cut vegetables and chunks of fresh avocado. It was surprisingly complete considering it was vege-based. I highly recommend it!

As I get more daring, I hope I’ll one day get up the nerve to try their Ogopogo Dragon Roll. It contains BBQ eel!

The Dining Experience

Quality of Food

The ingredients were all very fresh tasting. The tempura and gyoza were served hot. (The chocolate mint patties at the end were a nice touch, too!)

Service

I was very impressed when I was treated with so much attention on my first newbie take-out visit. I was treated as honourably as any long-time, high-tipping customer. That wins huge points with me! On subsequent visits, even when they were busy, service was prompt and friendly. The staff seem to love their jobs and believe in their menu. The service is quick, friendly and beyond what I expected.

Ambiance

This place gets busy, but its layout is set up with subtle partitions and this seems to keep the volume down. It’s a small place, but it has enough space and is laid out efficiently.

Cleanliness

The restaurant was clean and tidy.

Value for money

The price of Maki Sushi Rolls averaged between $5.25 and $5.75, and you’ll probably want 2 orders per person. Count on approximately $12 per person (without tax or tip). It seems that this is on par with middle-of-the-road sushi places, but I’d say that Momo Sushi could be of a higher standard than others.

Overall

After 3 tries (take-out, lunch and dinner) I can say that Momo Sushi satisifies beyond expectation on all counts. I am confident to recommend this restaurant because everything I tried tasted great, and the service was excellent. I’m sure I’ll go back many times, and take others with me.

Even if you’re not a fan of sushi, I’m pretty sure (like me) you could be, after trying Momo Sushi!

 

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