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Jan 13, 2010 04:00 PM

FYI - Mori (of all places!) has a bargain of a lunch. The Bento Box.

You get Mori quality, but under 20 bucks? (okay, close to 20 bucks).

Still, a relative bargain.

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    1. re: Sgee

      I went today, thanks to the heads up from foodiemahoodie. The place is very simply and nicely decorated with big round paper lamps hanging from the ceiling. The soy sauce and dipping plates come in unique ceramic tiles, and the waitresses are very pretty.

      I had the sushi deluxe for $20.00. The salad and miso soup were delicious. The 8 pieces included boiled shrimp, unagi (river eel), tai (Japanese snapper), tuna, yellowtail, salmon, white fish, and cannot remember the 8th piece, along with a tuna roll. Although I don't care for the shrimp or unagi for sushi, I had no complaints. The fish was high quality. I was in the mood for dessert, so I had the homemade sesame ice cream with hojicha (roasted barley tea).

      The lunch specials are weekdays only. A real bargain.

      1. re: liu

        From Mori Sushi website: http://www.morisushi.org/
        Lunch served Mon-Fri: 11:45am-2:15pm

        All lunch specials are served with green salad and miso soup

        Sushi 15.00
        6pcs of Nigiri and one Tuna roll or California roll.

        Sushi Deluxe 20.00
        8pcs of Nigiri and one Tuna roll or California roll.

        Sashimi 17.00
        Assorted Sashimi and rice

        Sashimi Deluxe 23.00
        Assorted Sashimi and rice

        Chirashi 17.00
        Assorted Sashimi over sushi rice

        Chirashi Deluxe 23.00
        Assorted Sashimi over sushi rice

        Tekka Donburi 16.50
        Tuna sashimi over sushi rice

        Tempura 15.00
        Shrimp and vegetable tempura served with rice

        Grilled Wild Salmon 15.00
        Choice of salted or with teriyaki sauce served with rice

        Grilled Fish of the Day 12.00
        Seasonal selection served with rice

        Bento 18.00
        Sashimi, tempura, grilled fish , daily special and rice

        Substitutions cannot be made for Lunch Specials.

      2. It really is fabulous for the money. When my office was closer, I used to go a couple days a week for the bento box lunch at Mori's. For the money, you get the same wonderful soup otherwise served in the restaurant (i.e., not the cheap packaged miso that you usually get at an ordinary sushi restaurant), excellent tempura, suberb rice, some vegetables and a few good morsels of raw fish.

        I think it is the best bargain in town. Weekdays only.

        1. I've had various things from the above-mentioned lunch menu. The last couple of times I went there, I decided that despite the lower price tag, it wasn't worth it. They use the absolutely worst pieces of fish and the people cutting up my meal were never the same people you get at dinner. Bad fish, raggedy pieces, no thanks.

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          1. re: choctastic

            I've never had that experience. Mori's there in the day and the night. So I'm not sure where that's coming from.

            1. re: choctastic

              Well, of course the choicest morsels of fish are going to be saved for those sitting at the sushi bar and paying top dollar, not those ordering the $18 bento lunch. That being said, the sashimi I have received with my bento lunch has also been more than acceptable (and much better quality of fish than you would find in your typical neighborhood sushi bar).

              1. re: omotosando

                I agree with you Omotosando.

                I disagree with the others - and in fact I find it very hard to believe they're getting inferior fish from Mori. It's just not something he would do.

                I think these are "Sushi Wars" have more to do with a rigid adherence to a belief system - where it comes down to wanting to believe "my sushi chef is better than your sushi chef. If you really want to compare, you'd have to have both chefs side by side and do a taste comparison. Other'n that, it's in the details. I've eaten at Sushi Zo once - and it was terrific. The fish was the same league as Mori. I prefer Mori because he's closer, and he's fun to talk to.

                If you really want to work this argument, then go downtown to the Japanese fishmongers before sunrise and see who is buying what, from whom, and paying what prices. That's an education.

                1. re: foodiemahoodie

                  After my last ($100 +) lunch at Sushi Zo, I decided I would never go back. I just couldn't stand the explicit instructions from the assistant with each dish - no soy sauce, blah, blah, blah.

                  Very unenjoyable experience, very un Zen. I don't care how good the fish was. For $100 + dollars, I don't want someone breaking my reverie and telling me how to eat. I felt like a toddler.

                  Give me Mori anytime with all that beautiful Japanese pottery.

                2. re: omotosando

                  I got the sushi deluxe a couple of times. One time it was outstanding and I took pictures because it was so awesome. The next time, holy cow, it sucked.

                  I've had better luck with the chirashi sushi lunch special, the deluxe one.

                  I love the pottery, loooove the rice, and the fish at dinner is outstanding. However, I'm just sayin' that lunch has been a mixed bag for me.

              2. can anyone speak to the contents of the chirashi vs. the chirashi deluxe?
                ie. premium stuff? toro? uni? amae ebi? etc?

                thanks.... i've been getting my chirashi fix at toshi sushi in jtown these days. which usually throws in some toro, ikura, uni and then the usuals...