Seeing as Mississauga is a fair distance away from the North Atlantic Ocean, and nowhere near Asia, you have to be careful with where you get your sushi. Not only is it pertinent that you find fresh and authentic sushi for the purpose of taste, but also because it can genuinely be a health risk.
That being said, there are a handful of great sushi joints in Mississauga that are more than worth your time. Today we want to spotlight one such restaurant: Momiji Sushi.
Momiji Sushi has been in business since 2000, proudly delivering top-quality sushi to the fine people of Mississauga. The Clarkson-based restaurant prides itself on serving the highest-quality ingredients and fish with authentic cooking methods. In a fun little anecdote, the word ‘Momiji’ actually means maple leaf in Japanese!
If you find yourself in need of some sushi, you should make your way to 1801 Lakeshore Road West, where you will find the attractive Momiji building. The exposed brick walls are offset by the black sign and red lettering. Once you step inside, you’ll find a rather casual restaurant with simple chocolate coloured booths and black chairs. The open kitchen is a nice addition, especially if you choose to sit at the bar and watch the chef’s work their magic! Momiji’s colour scheme is predominantly cream with some dashes of red and a yellow leather bench along the back wall. It’s not particularly flashy but that just puts more emphasis on the food itself.
Speaking of which, let’s dive headfirst into the menu! Starting, as always, with the appetizers, you’ll find Momijo to offer much more depth than most restaurants. The menu consists of 20 appetizers! Yes 20! Some of the more traditional offerings are Shrimp Tempura, Chicken Tenders, or Grilled Cod, while you can also opt for more unique appetizers like Dragon Ball (spicy salmon and spicy tuna wrapped with avocado, and topped with fish eggs), Age Dashi Tofu (deep-fried tofu, garnished with Bonito flakes and dried seaweed), or Festival (shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, mango, tempura bits, wasabi mayo, wrapped with rice paper).
The list of appetizers is long and appetizing, and includes options for vegans, as well as gluten-free, and extra spicy. There’s also three soups, and four salads to choose from, including Wakame Soup (miso soup with tofu and seaweed), and Seaweed Salad (Japanese-style seasoned seaweed). It’s an extensive menu that will have your mouth watering for the entrees!
The entree menu is made up of, mostly, teriyaki options, whether that’s steak, beef, salmon, chicken, seafood, tofu, or shrimp. Beyond that however, there’s also Chicken Katsu (breaded chicken breast with coleslaw), King of Kalbi (BBQ grilled short ribs, marinated with sweet wine soya, served with sweet potato fries & kimchi salad), and Spicy Chicken Donburi (chopped chicken breast with mixed vegetables in a spicy sauce), among others.
Momiji then offers two menus of sushi and sashimi – one of which is ala carte, the other being combos. For an extensive rundown of these options, check out the menu. The one item really worth highlighting however, is the Love Boat. This dish, pictured below, is a literal wooden boat, adorned with the Chef’s selection of 15 pieces of sashimi, 15 pieces of sushi, and 13 rolls, including spicy caterpillar and shrimp tempura. This is the perfect dish to choose if you want to try a little of everything, and it’s ideal for date nights! There’s two other similar options, the Love Bridge and the Momiji Boat, all of which are fantastic!
If a boat of sushi isn’t your thing, you could opt for sushi pizza! Momiji offers two types of sushi pizza, both of which are basically the same, expect one comes with salmon, while the other is assorted fish. If you want to try something truly unique and memorable, a pizza with crispy sushi rice cakes, crab meat, fish eggs, and tempura will certainly suffice.
Momiji also offers Special Maki options. Maki is more traditional sushi, and you can choose from over 30 different options! Some of the standout options include Rainbow Dragon, Salgo Forest, Dynamite, Zebra, Volcano, Spider, Clarkson, Caterpillar, Beef Tataki,and Spider Dragon. Each choice of Maki comes with 6-9 pieces and is priced averagely at $15.
That’s the majority of the menu covered. Clearly we’re big fans of Momiji Sushi but you don’t have to believe us. Take a look at what others have been saying on Google Reviews:
Used to be a regular here when I lived in the area. Happy to return and find the same amazing high quality sushi! One of the best sushi restaurants in Mississauga. Had a Spicy Crunch Tuna roll and the Super Salmon. Delicious! The lunch specials are a great deal as well. Friendly staff too. A must try if you’re in the area.
– Thomas Dembie
We came here as a family. Party of 4 (One of whom was a sushi connoisseur) plus kids. Everyone was accommodated. Great food and consistent. Note: Momiji means maple leaf in Japanese. Also, this was THE sushi place that was ordered from biweekly for work lunches by the boss. Good memories.
– Redwan Safi
Great food and service. The ambiance is nice and cozy . Teriyaki portions are generous and quality is great. A bit on the pricey side, but worth it.
– Victor Olvera
This is our go to Sushi Restaurant. The quality is top notch and the staff are SUPER friendly. We go here at least once a week, and they remember us each and every time, no matter who serves us. A nice greeting each time you come in the door, although that is pretty standard of any sushi place.
Get’s busy at dinner on weekends, but there is always a table.
– Aaron Putman
Momiji Sushi is a big hit with people across Mississauga, as it holds an impressive 4.3 stars on Google, and a 4.5 on TripAdvisor. When you try the food and experience the delightful service it’s easy to see why!
Momiji Sushi is a great, casual restaurant in Mississauga’s Clarkson area. If sushi is your jam, or you’d like to try it for the first time, you really can’t do much better than Momiji. It’s excellent food, priced accordingly, and well worth a visit. Come see why Momiji has been around for almost 20 years, and why it will be for another 20!