Address: 26 Baldwin St. Toronto, ON. M5T 1L2
Phone: (416) 901-8892
Momosan Sushi Bar is a new sushi joint, where Bocca once was, opened in semi-Chinatown this late spring 2017. They are extremely young to the industry and when I visited, I could tell that everyone are trying to get into the groove and move with the natural flow. Everyone looked a bit nervous and at times, displaced. I am sure with time and experience, they will improve.
The revamped interior looked hip and modern, especially the combination of black and gray colours. One complaint I have are the circular booth or benches. They looked cheap, like made of plastic and looked like sitting in a burger joint.
The manager should take their printed menus into consideration. They are so filthy and oily that I barely want to touch them. They are not cleaned and when they accidentally land on the floor, workers just pick them up and hand it to the customers. Proper hygiene is required.
Sashimi Sampler ($30.00) was in no doubt very fresh. We were served scallops, salmon, albacore tuna, and yellowtail kampachi. The texture of the sashimi was very soft. Except, I am confused with the salmon which tasted and looked smoked.
Saba Oshi ($14.00) is pressed rice with a layer of house-cured mackerel topped with miso sauce and blow torched. Salmon Oshi ($14.00) is pressed sushi with a layer of salmon marinated with Momo sauce, sweet soy, black pepper, then blow torched and finally topped with jalapeno. Each oshi sushi comes in six pieces, hence we ordered two different ones to sample. Both oshi sushi have a strong smokey flavour. However, salmon oshi won in this particular competition. I liked how the sweetness of the momo sauce is paired with the heat of the jalapeno in the salmon oshi. Also, the blow torch released the fatty oils from the salmon, making the oshi melt and dissolve in your mouth. The saba oshi tasted good too, but, there is a slight sour flavour to the overall sushi, making it less appetizing. The miso sauce sort of heightened the sourness too. However, I liked the crusty skin on the saba, a very interesting texture.
Crispy Hokkaido Roll ($12.00) is made with chopped Hokkaido scallops with tobiko, brushed with sweet soy, and topped with aonori tempura bits. If you require more flavours, a soy pippete is also served on the side. The tempura bits gave the roll a definite crunchy texture, however, it was unnecessary. The avocado and fresh scallops were so soft, making the roll very tender to the bite. Overall, the roll was quite standard and there was nothing special that would blow my mind away.
Aburi Slow Braised Pork Belly ($20.00) is made with a moromi maple glaze. This was the tastiest entree of all that was ordered. Pork belly was so soft and tender that you do not need to chew. It just naturally disintegrates in your mouth. The maple glaze was savoury and added dimension to the course. It matched well with the side potatoes and brussel sprouts. The salt and sugar elements were well balanced.
In general, the food quality was great! I loved the flavours and the freshness of the ingredients. But, this restaurant is only a good place for large group gatherings, or during happy hour. The food portions were small, kind of like tapas style, where the pricing of the menu does not match the portions. It would break my bank to continue ordering to fill my hungry belly during dinner. I would recommend this restaurant if you are looking for something light to eat, or if drinking is more focused than food.