Mottsu: Japanese restaurant with good food and reasonable prices

20130125-142447.jpg

Ginjo Sake (In plural? Ginjos Sake??)

20130125-142459.jpg

Strange flavor tea

Today I wanted something different for lunch, there was no chance that I was going to the same Deli I go all the time. So, even if it was a cold day, I walked a little bit more than the usual and went to Mottsu. It is a Japanese restaurant in Nolita but before heading there, I had previously seen online that they have take out as well and that they have some lunch boxes that looked like an option for a quite different lunch.

I ordered the shrimp tempura lunch box. While I was waiting for my food they offered me this cup of tea (photo above). The cup was too cute, but the tea had a strange smell. However, it was nice of them to offer a hot cup of tea in a cold day.

20130125-142510.jpg

Miso Soup

20130125-142515.jpg

Shrimp Tempura

The lunch box is served with rice, miso soup, a small, fresh salad and 2 pieces of shrimp shumai. Also, you get one choice of side dish, between tuna or California roll, 3 pieces of sushi, or 3 pieces of sashimi, or cooked seaweed hijki. I chose the sushi for today.

The miso soup was OK, but not anything special. The salad was lettuce, cucumber, tomato (at this point I was impressed because the tomato was actually good, which does not always happen in New York; many times the tomatoes are pinkish instead of red and, of course, tasteless) and very thin slices of red cabbage and carrot. It had on the side a weird (for me) sauce which I was not able to identify. I just tried it alone (did not put it on the salad) and as I had the salad for dinner, I added my own olive oil and balsamic vinegar with just a pinch of salt, converting it to a Mediterranean salad which is always the safest option for me.

The sushi was good. It was one piece of tuna, one piece of salmon and I am not sure about the third one (you can have a look at the photo, it is the white one next to the tuna and the salmon, if you know what it is, please let me know at the comments :)). Apart from the fried shrimps there were also some fried veggies (broccoli).

In general, everything was good. It was not the best Japanese or the best sushi I have ever had in my life but it is a very good option for lunch if you are in the area. The amount of food was a lot, so I ate half of it and I guess I’m good to go for tonight’s dinner.

The shrimp tempura lunch box costs $13 incl. tax but there are slightly cheaper options if you have veggie, chicken  or tofu instead of shrimp. They also do delivery ($10 minimum).

Mottsu

285 Mott St., New York

Closest subway station: Broadway-Lafayette (B,D,F,M trains), Bleecker St. (6 train), Prince St. (N, R trains).

(212) 343-8017

-Testing NYC

P.S. If you go, let me know!

Advertisements

One thought on “Mottsu: Japanese restaurant with good food and reasonable prices

What do you think of Testing NYC? Places to recommend? Please share!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s