Moshi Moshi Sushi
1155 East Sunset Dr
Mon-Thurs 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Mon-Thurs 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Fri 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Fri 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sat Noon - 3:00 PM
Sat 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
In another world and another time, in an age of wonder, I lived in Los Angeles. I had the good (mis)fortune to date a waitress who worked at one of the best sushi places in LA, one of those places where all the celebrities go. This girl refused to eat anything but Japanese food, usually sushi. Not only that, she wouldn’t eat at any sushi place that wasn’t on par with the place where she worked.
As a result, I ended up eating (and paying for) the finest sushi in Los Angeles. I returned to Bellingham a sushi snob but was pleasantly surprised with the number of good (even by LA standards) sushi places that have sprung up in recent years.
There are a lot of so-so and bad sushi joints in Seattle. Bad is first clearly defined by the freshness of ingredients, ever so important when you’re dealing with raw fish. If you’re a sushi aficionado, you can power through some strong smelling/tasting salmon or yellowtail but if you’re a bit squeamish in the first place, you’d best go for the good stuff.
Good starts with freshness, but extends far beyond that. A good sushi restaurant offers some creativity and uniqueness with their rolls in combinations of ingredients and the use of sauces. You expect the old standbys like California or Spicy Tuna, but what are the house specialties? Presentation, although some would argue has nothing to do with the flavor of the food, starts pushing a sushi restaurant from good to great. This is Japanese food, after all, and one would expect some attention to detail. There is a certain amount of novelty watching plates pass by on a conveyor belt but that is fast food sushi without art or class.
Moshi moshi qualifies by anyone’s standards, Los Angeles or otherwise. Unique combinations with local names like "Alaska" or "Mt. Baker" offer the frequent sushi consumer a splash of something new and original. The use of macadamia nut in a sushi roll was refreshing, but also an observance of the yin and yang philosophy: complementary pairings of contrasting flavors and textures. Sauces are used lightly and complement the natural flavors of the dishes instead of compensating or covering up what they lack. Presentation was exceptional, with an arrangement of rolls with a salmon top facing the outside to make an "orange flower". Freshness goes without saying in this case, the fish being faultless.
Be aware that the quality of Moshi Moshi is no secret, and peak times can mean long waits. Quality sushi takes time to prepare and it will not come at the lightening speed one comes to expect, so bring your patience as well.
Get off the freeway on the Sunset exit, proceed into Sunset Square through the traffic lights, go straight at the stop sign and find a place to park. It's right next to the movie theater.
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