June 4

Omakase, Please

Japanese food fave Momiji opens a stunner in SLU.

After a long year of takeout only and temporary closures of restaurants across Seattle, newly opened Momiji SLU is setting the stage for dining scene comeback in the neighborhood. The gorgeous new space, located in Amazon’s Nitro North building (731 Bell Street) at The Regrade, offers a clean, modern vibe with natural elements throughout.

The restaurant’s interior is as pleasing to the eye as its food — Momiji SLU serves up the freshest fish in its sushi and sashimi offerings, giving diners pops of red, pink, and silver on a plate. One of the special features of Momiji’s menu is a solid vegetarian sushi selection (think red bell pepper nigiri, portabella rolls, and more). Specialty rolls include the Ultimate Dragon (snow crab mix, avocado, and cucumber, topped with half an eel, tobiko, sesame seeds and a soy glaze) and, if you love spice, the Hot as Hell (spicy tuna, yamagobo, and cilantro topped with 7-spice seared tuna, scallions, habanero, tobiko, and habanero-citrus-truffle oil).

White dinner platter with a variety row of nigiri sushi.

Aside from the sushi, diners will find a variety of kaiseki-style dishes at Momiji SLU. Kaiseki is traditionally a progressive, multi-course meal, but here, you can build your own experience with items from the menu’s raw bar and hot plate selections.

You’ll find familiar dishes like karaage (fried chicken) and shrimp and vegetable tempura. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out the ankimono, a dish made with monkfish liver, scallions, tobiko, wasabi aioli, and yuzu citrus ponzu. For the uninitiated, monkfish liver has a subtly sweet flavor and a melty texture and is a popular ingredient in kaiseki meals.

Momiji SLU is open for lunch daily from noon to 2pm, dinner from Sunday to Thursday from 4 to 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10pm. Happy hour is daily from 4 to 6pm.

Story by Ethan Chung & photographs courtesy of Momiji SLU.

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