Last November I paid a visit to Sushi Gen, on Portage Avenue. My intent was to follow it up quite quickly with a visit to Mooshiro. Mooshiro is another all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant, located just past Portage and Maryland. The first difference you notice between the two restaurants is that the Mooshiro dinner buffer, which I tried, is five dollars less than the Sushi Gen dinner buffet. So, is it a better bargain?
My Three Basics at Mooshiro Sushi:
There is a lot of variety in sushi menus. There are though, three dishes that I usually try when I go to a new sushi joint. The first is the Miso soup. The Mooshiro Miso was definitely as good as Sushi Gen. The second is the Wakame (Seaweed Salad). This was rather disappointing as it didn’t have quite the flavour, and there didn’t seem to have any white sesame seeds on top. The third is the dynamite roll, which is a little better, but still rather pedestrian. All in all I’d call these three dishes a saw-off.
I decided to take a risk on a Torched Salmon Nigri, but the torching only hurt the texture and flavour of the fish. Don’t order that one. The Inari Nigri was quite large, but the pancake was a little doughy. I did quite enjoy the Roe Nigri.
The highlight for me was the Spicy Squid Noodles. If was, like most of the dishes a decent sized portion. This was good, because I got more of a dish that I liked. It was bad because it contributed to me trying fewer items. The squid was chewy without making you work at chewing.
The various tempura items I tried were on the disappointing side. The mushrooms, which are the only tempura I have a picture of, were sliced and as a result were dried out. This is unlike Sushi Gen where the mushrooms were buttons and very meaty. There was too much tempura surrounding the shrimp and the yam which came on the vegetable offering was rather bland. On the other hand, I also order garlic fried mushrooms. These were also sliced but held their texture better, and had a strong, but not overpowering garlic taste.
Too top things off, I ordered two rolls. I don’t remember both their names. One was definitely The Totally Crazy Roll, and I believe the other one was the Volcano Roll. Both were advertised as being very spicy, but I didn’t find that to be the case with either. Both were generously sized, but there was too much sauced slathered on for my liking. Still they were all right.
One of things I found at Mooshiro Sushi was that the food had a heavier feeling than at pretty much any sushi restaurant I’ve been. That being said, a bowl of Strawberry Ice Cream took some of the edge of of that. Ice cream was also available at Sushi Gen, but I didn’t have any.
One thing I noticed at Mooshiro Sushi was that the service was quite a bit quicker than Sushi Gen. I don’t know if this planned, but I did find myself eating faster as well. On the plus side, I also order green tea, and one of the servers gave me a refill of hot water without me needing to ask.
Mooshiro Sushi or Suhi Gen?
When all is said and done, if your primary concern is price, Mooshiro Sushi will give you a good dinner for you dollar. However, if you’re not concerned with cost, I’d pick Sushi Gen.