Momiji Japanese Grill
2955 Bloor Street West
I spend a lot of time in the Bloor West/Royal York area of Toronto. There are so many great places to eat and buy food there like Hot Oven Bakery, Young’s Produce and Just Greek restaurant, to name a few. I have eaten lunch at Momiji’s Japanese Grill more times than I can remember, but I keep forgetting to blog about it.
My last visit was several weeks ago, but at least I remembered to take photos! My mom and I had a light lunch there before heading to a new spa that opened up in the area. More on the spa in a minute.
Momiji had a bit of a facelift over the summer, and it looks really fresh and clean in there now. Although, I think they removed the sushi conveyor belt which is a shame. I always wanted to try that thing…
I didn’t want to drink alcohol before going to the spa because I’m pretty sure that’s counterproductive. So we ordered a Shirley Temple (one of my fav’s) and a Cinderella. These drinks are so pretty, like sunshine in a glass.
It was a bit chilly out when we visited, so we decided to start our meal with miso soup. I had the Asari Soup (miso soup with clams) and my mom ordered Wakame Soup (miso soup with tofu and seaweed). Each soup had its own distinctive flavour, and they were really tasty. If you look closely at the photo (the first one in this post) you can see the clam shells in my soup 🙂
I really enjoyed the Shrimp Tempura! The batter was crispy, the shrimp wasn’t overcooked, and there wasn’t much grease at all. The last time I had tempura at this restaurant it was really greasy, but they seem to have fixed that problem over the summer.
Momiji is known for having good sushi, and I always end up buying a couple different types of maki rolls. This time we bought Spicy Salmon Maki Rolls (not pictured) and Dynamite Special Maki Rolls (shown below). They also have really good teriyaki, but we didn’t buy any during this visit.
Momiji is one of my go-to places to eat, so I know I will be visiting again. If you’re in the area, you should definitely give it a try.
After lunch we headed over to Hand & Stone – the new spa on Bloor Street West.
Unlike other spas, Hand & Stone only specializes in a few areas. You can visit for a massage, facial or waxing, but they don’t offer manicures or pedicures. They offer a signature Hot Stone Massage that sounds really nice… I’ll have to try that one day.
I booked a facial because they had a promotion going on. Right now you can get an introductory massage or facial for $64, which is a lot cheaper than other spas I’ve been to.
I was excited to hear what the esthetician would say about my skin. I have acne and hyperpigmentation (ugh!) and I’m always looking for ways to improve my skin. That might sound really vain… but it’s embarrassing to have acne when you’re almost 30! The esthetician told me that I should exfoliate more often because it helps prevent your pores from getting clogged. I’ve started doing that, and I’ve seen a noticeable improvement in my skin (YES!).
Hand and Stone carries Dermalogica products in their stores, including the teen acne line called Clear Start. I bought the cleanser, toner and moisturizer (all reasonably priced) and they seem to be working well with my skin. We’ll see how it goes as I continue to use the products…
Anyhow, if you’re looking for somewhere to get a facial or massage then check out the Hand and Stone website to find a location near you.
This is not a sponsored post.