-October 4, 2017-
This past Saturday, I went to go eat some Japanese food with Joe ❤️ (we always leave our Saturdays for each other). Now he and I are very different in terms of our food preferences but if there is one thing that we agree on, it’s Japanese.
We’ve dined at many Japanese restaurants together and concurred that the place we went to most recently has all the right to be enlisted on our Top 5 list.
The name of the place is Momoyama Sushi House, located in Nanuet, New York. The place brings forth a very peaceful vibe. They have classical music playing in the background (which I always thought was odd in some Japanese restaurants- that they would play western genre of music rather than eastern 🤔) and you hear the sound of water flowing from the miniature fountain that they’ve placed near the entrance of the restaurant.
The interior is very minimalistic and the wooden furnitures along with the small plants and paintings on the walls reminded me of traditional Japanese shrines ⛩ that you would typically see in Asian films (if you know what I’m talking about).
Towards the back of the restaurant is the sushi bar, where you get to see the chef make your order on the spot.
For appetizer, Joe and I ordered yakitori. Yakitori is a Japanese-style skewered chicken that is typically flavored with teriyaki sauce. The restaurant’s house-made teriyaki sauce was by far THE BEST that I’ve tasted in all my life. I think that rather than brushing the chicken with teriyaki sauce after grilling it, they grilled the chicken with the teriyaki sauce, allowing the sauce to penetrate deeper into the chicken, making the chicken very tender. Also, the sauce was slightly caramelized, increasing both savoriness and sweetness. The scallion topping helped to reduce the greasiness that could’ve been a minus for the dish 👌🏻. Overall, it was a really good choice for appetizer.
Joe ordered shrimp tempura roll with a side of miso soup. The shrimp tempura rolls were also topped with their house-made teriyaki sauce. The sauce+avocado+fried shrimp was an amazing combo. Being a nice boyfriend he is, he gave me some of the rolls that he ordered and I admit, they were better than the ones that I ordered (I give most of the credit to the teriyaki sauce 😍). We both thought it was so good that we decided to get another shrimp tempura roll afterwards.
The cucumber salad was not at all what I expected. I ordered thinking that I would get something similar to a garden salad with just extra cucumbers. Rather, what came out was more like a side dish than a salad. If you’ve ever tried Korean kimchi, this cucumber salad was somewhat similar kind to that-in a good way. Usually, when you go to Japanese restaurants, they serve your sushi or rolls with rakkyo, which are pickled shallot. Here, they didn’t have rakkyo so the cucumber salad substituted for its absence. I can’t say with certainty that the cucumber salad would be liked by everyone because of its strong vinegary and spicy taste, so if you’re not familiar with Asian cuisine or can’t tolerate strong tastes, I say you avoid this and get the green salad or the avocado salad instead.
The spicy tuna crunch roll was overall, very satisfactory. Because the rolls are made right on the spot, immediately after the order is placed in, the rice was very warm and soft. I literally swallowed my food without chewing because they melted as soon as they came into contact with my tongue 🤤.
The place is located in a distant, quiet neighborhood but it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re ever near the area!
Other dishes to try out! :
☛Beef Tatki ($9.95) : Thinly sliced beef marinated with ponzu sauce.
☛Island Roll ($10.95): White tuna roll wrapped around with mango slices!
☛Twinky Roll ($11.95): Deep-fried crabmeat inside the roll.
Momoyama Sushi House ★★★★ ❘ $$
Location: 80 E Route 59, Nanuet, NY 10954
- Mon-Thurs 11:30a.m. – 10:00p.m.
- Fri 11:30a.m. – 11:00p.m.
- Sat 1:00p.m. – 11:00p.m.
- Sun 1:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m.