February 22nd, 2012. Matoi Sushi
Nab and I wanted to try a different sushi place since we always seem to just go to Nagano. Today I suggested we try Matoi Sushi on the Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam border.
My sister had mentioned that she’d been there before and it was quite good and I read a few reviews online. Seemed like it was worth a visit 🙂
Nab started off with a Sake Sampler, which I think came with cold sake, hot sake and soe plum wine. Nab LOVED the plum wine. So much that he ordered more later 😉 I personally like plum wine, too. Nice and sweet and it goes down light 🙂
Along the lines of trying different stuff was the Kani Sunomono. Wow….lots of crab The sunomono
was refreshing, tasted fresh and we loved that the shrimp and crab were good chunks as well as the seaweed being plentiful and good. the sprinkling of sesame seeds was also a nice touch.
Nab thought he might as well splurge and try the day’s Fresh Oysters. They looked awesome! Super fresh, very clean and nice a juicy.
I tried one as well. The soy sauce that came with it was a nice and light accompainment to the delicate oysters.
They had Asari Miso Soup on the menu, so I figured I’d give it a try. Asari Miso is basically mio soup made with clams. Sure, I’m not a big fan of clams, but treated well it can make the miso quite delicious. This one was a bit too clammy/fishy for my liking…but if you like clams, this is just the ticket!
One thing I really love is Tuna Gomae. This one was no exception. Fresh tuna pieces tossed and covered in delicious peanuty sauce! So so good~!!
For rolls we went simple with a Spicy Tuna Roll and the Unaten Roll (prawn tempura & bbq eel). Both rolls were nice.
The spiciness didn’t overpower the tuna and the prawn tempura still had a nice crispiness which indicated that it hadn’t just been lying around.
Of course a Japanese restaurant’s real test is how well they treat their raw seafood components. I ordered a couple Sake Nigiri, Toro Nigiri and Amaebi Nigiri. Glad to say that everything tasted fresh with a nice sweetness that only well handled sushi can have. It was clean on the palate and had good flavor. The amaebi was quite good as well!
I asked for them to deep fry the Amaebi head. Crispy, flavorful
How awesome is it that they give you a baggie of Pocky with the bill! A nice change from from the usual half orange. Excitement!
So, yeah, I really like Matoi. It really is a neighborhood gem. Who knew you could find such a great little sushi place in this part of town? It’s slightly pricier, but totally worth it, so I would come back to treat myself 🙂