Matoi Sushi

November 6, 2012

February 22nd, 2012. Matoi Sushi

matoi sushi

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.

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matoi sushi

 

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

matoi sushi

matoi sushi

 

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

 

matoi sushi

matoi sushi

 

 

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.

matoi sushi

matoi sushi

 

 

 

 

 

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.

matoi sushi

matoi sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I tried one as well.  The soy sauce that came with it was a nice and light accompainment to the delicate oysters.

matoi sushi

matoi sushi

 

 

 

 

 

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!

matoi sushi

matoi sushi

 

 

 

 

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~!!

matoi sushi

matoi sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

For rolls we went simple with a Spicy Tuna Roll and the Unaten Roll (prawn tempura & bbq eel).  Both rolls were nice.

matoi sushi

matoi sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

matoi sushi

matoi sushi

 

 

 

 

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!

matoi sushi

matoi sushi

 

 

 

 

 

I asked for them to deep fry the Amaebi head.  Crispy, flavorful
deliciousness!!

matoi sushi

matoi sushi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 🙂

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