I met my sister after work at Momoya, a local sushi joint on Amsterdam. This Upper West Side restaurant has great outdoor seating and extremely reasonably priced food, perfect for our evening’s needs.
We ordered a bottle of cold saki to start, priced conveniently at $22. We toasted to a great evening, and glanced over the menu. It took us a bit t order after a deep political conversation (for real) but eventually decided our plan of action.
We decided to start the meal off with the Edamame Ricotta Ravioli, a unique dish to say the least.
The stand out part of this Japanese meets Italian ravioli was the truffle oil coating the bottom of the dish. The light wanton wrappers soaked up all of the umami flavor, adding to each bite of ravioli. The sweet ricotta acted as a binding ingredient to the edamame purée, allowing fr the light sweet flavors to shine through. The micro-greens on top absorbed all if the additional truffle oil, creating a light crunch and burst of flavor. This dish was good, but nothing too memorable.
Then came the Tuna and Avocado salad.
This dish was right up my alley. I could pick this up for lunch on the reg. the tuna, prepared sashimi style, was neatly stacked on the bottom of a pile of flavor. The just ripe avocado was layered on top, with the lightly dressed mesclun salad topping off the dish. The tuna was fresh and avocado creamy, creating an almost deconstructed tuna avocado roll, minus the rice. The ginger said dressing added the delicious element of spice and sweetness. Everything about this dish was delicious.
Next, we decided to walk on the wild side ordering the Momoya Spicy Tuna roll.
It wouldn’t seem like this combination of flavors would work, but it did. The spice from the tuna with the sweet of the raspberry created a wonderfully rich roll of sushi. Each component balanced the other one’s extreme flavor. The seared yellowtail seemed to be the most essential piece, with the light flavor of char on top, which I love. The slight, but essential crunch of the almonds gave it the right burst of nutty flavor. Everything about this roll was delicious and a reason to come back in itself. Do not be afraid of bold, unique flavors. It could pay off in unexplainable ways.
If you are on the Upper West Side, definitely check out Momoya. The reasonable prices for sushi and delicious twists on classic flavors creates a new experience every single time.
Momoya - 427 Amsterdam Avenue - New York, NY