The Short Course
To avoid wait: come for lunch or an early dinner
Noise level: Medium
Bathroom amenities: No changing table
High chairs? Yes
Got milk? Yes
Kids’ menu? Yes
Anything healthy for kids? Yes
Food allergy concerns? Many gluten free options.
Located in the Colonnade Shopping Center on Eisenhower Road in Ann Arbor, newly-opened Momo Sushi describes itself as a “fast-casual seafood fusion” restaurant. But with kids who aren’t reliable seafood lovers, we were curious if we could make it work for all of us. While the name suggests a sushi bar, it’s really much more than that, offering a wide variety of Japanese, Korean, and Chinese dishes and an extensive menu.
We started our meal with a bubble tea ($3.50). Momo offers a variety of tea and bubble flavors; we chose taro tea with mango bubbles. The bubbles (large balls of tapioca) really delighted our 3-year old. Our kids are dumpling addicts and the hot and tasty steamed gyoza served with ponzu sauce ($5) were a delicious way to start the meal.
Momo offers a fun kids meal option. For $7, kids (no age limit) can get their choice of tempura shrimp, veggies or chicken with a side of soup (miso or udon) and edamame or octopus salad. Our 5-year old was all about the tempura chicken and he did not shy away from the octopus salad which highlighted the octopus in fun, bite-size pieces. Our 3-year old crushed the miso soup: his, hers, and ours.
Our friendly server could tell the adults were a bit overwhelmed by the wide-ranging menu and suggested that we try both a cupbop and a sushi burrito; two of their featured dishes. The cupbop (poke bowl to Hawaiians, or donburi to the Japanese) allows you to choose your rice, protein, toppings, and sauces. We went with Tuna Lover Cupbop ($12): marinated tuna, spicy tuna, spicy crab salad, edamame, corn, cucumber, masago, carrot, sweet potato chips, lettuce and a choice of one of five house sauces. It was so fresh and the taste was amazing! We also selected the Dragon Burrito ($13) – eel, 2 tempura fried shrimp, spiced crab, cucumber, avocado, eel sauce, chili sauce, and sesame oil crunch. It tasted like a delicious, giant sushi roll. Ultimately we preferred the cupbop to the sushi burrito only because the rice-to-other ingredient ratio was more balanced. The sushi burrito would be a perfect eating on the go option.
We also tried the Bibimbop, in part because we were so pleased to see it served in a hot stone bowl. The Korean specialty certainly met our expectations and lovers of this classic will be satisfied. Momo also offers a diverse selection of vegetarian ($3-$5), classic ($3-$8), and specialty ($11-$15) sushi rolls. The Salmon-Avocado-Cucumber roll ($5.25) was the star of our 3-year old’s day. Not lunch. Day. She devoured almost all 8 pieces on her own, so we will be back for that roll again. We ended the meal on a high note with delicious Strawberry Mochi Ice Cream (a rice cake surrounding an ice cream center, $5).
The service at Momo Sushi was exceptional. Friendly and fast, they kept the food coming and were unruffled by our 3-kid circus. They took care to place hot dishes, like the Bibimbob, out of our younger crowd’s arms’ reach and were happy to bring extra plates for sharing and extra chop sticks when inexperienced hands sent them flying to the floor. Unlike other sushi joints, the wide-ranging menu at Momo means that parents and sushi-loving kids can get their raw fish fix while sushi-averse family members have plenty of delicious options as well. With fair prices, great service, abundant options and tasty food, Momo was a hit with our family.
895 W Eisenhower Pkwy | Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 800-4909 | facebook.com/momosushiA2
Open daily | 11am-9pm