Sushi Mori is a local casual Japanese establishment tucked away in a strip mall in Port Moody. A few years ago, their old location had burned down due to an unexpected fire and recently reopened to a new location within the same plaza with a much bigger space! Just like their old location, the place is decked with beautiful artificial cherry blossom trees. The ambiance here is amazing! As for the food, it wouldn’t be my first choice for Japanese to be honest.
My boyfriend had to meet up with some friends over the weekend, so I decided to tag along since it was a good opportunity to see if any improvements were made since our last visit almost three years ago. They also have a location in Langley for those who are in the area 🙂
Some tea to start us off.. their teapots are heavy! But very Japanesque.
Appetizer Sashimi ($8.95) Two pieces of salmon, tuna, ebi, and one piece red snapper.
Katsu Don ($11.25) choice of pork or chicken with house-mouse cutlet sauce.
Takoyaki ($6.95) This came with eight pieces of octopus balls drizzled with mayo and a sauce that resembled okonomiyaki sauce on a cast iron skillet. For the price, I didn’t think it would be worth getting again. There was a little too much sauce that made the takoyaki balls very soft and mushy towards the end of my meal which wasn’t very pleasant tasting!
Aburi Battera Negi Tuna ($16.25) Lemon ponzu oroshi & seared tuna on top with green onion and rice pressed into traditional box sushi.
I was most excited to try one of their feature aburi (seared) battera rolls. I’m a huge fan of battera or boxed sushi, but unfortunately, this was a huge disappointment. The fish to rice ratio was totally off- way way wayyy too much rice to begin with. The fish wasn’t very fresh and the rice tasted sour. I have a feeling they gave me day old or two day old rice. It didn’t hit me to have it sent back to the kitchen, which was what I should have done after the first bite in.
Spicy Gyoza Bento B ($12.95) Beef Teriyaki with three pieces deep fried gyoza, half order of california and dynamite roll, assorted tempura with prawn and yam, and goma-ae salad. Boyfriend had this and didn’t have much to say other than the fact that it filled him up pretty quickly. Portion wise it’s not bad for the price!
Close up of the deep fried gyozas!
Competition is fierce when it comes to Japanese restaurants in the Lower Mainland. With so many options available for get our sushi fix, we tend to trek out to new places all the time. Don’t think I’ll be visiting this place any time soon, but do check it out if you want to impress your date with a nice ambiance for budget friendly Japanese food!
13-2565 Barnet Hwy