Momiji Japanese Restaurant
Momiji Japanese restaurant opened at The Cherry Tree in December 2016, although we previously ran Momiji between 2003-2009 at the opposite end of the town.
We aim to offer casual Japanese food in a relaxed and friendly environment. Our staff can offer guidance to customers who are unfamiliar with Japanese food. So, whether you are a lover of Japanese food or it is new to you, come and give us a try!
Casual Japanese – our regular menu covers a range of popular cooked Japanese dishes but doesn’t include sushi and sashimi. However, we hold regular “Sushi & Tempura Nights” events, usually for a three day period each month, when we offer a good selection of sushi and sashimi alongside a selection our most popular cooked food – a copy of the cooked food menu available for these three nights can be seen in our Menus section.
Our next Sushi Nights will be held Sept 10,11,12. The dates for October are 1,2&3 .
Many customers ask us the meaning of the name Momiji. It is a type of tree, the Japanese maple, which is especially beautiful in autumn when it turns amazing shades of red and orange. There is a small island, Miyajima, close to Taka’s hometown of Hiroshima, which is famous for its Momiji trees and stunning autumn scenery, hence our choice of name for the restaurant.
The style of dining
Our menu is based around popular dishes found at casual eating and drinking establishments known as IZAKAYA. The best way to enjoy your meal at MOMIJI is to choose a variety of dishes and share them with your group, whether you are “two” or a larger group, sharing is definitely the best way to enjoy a variety of flavours, textures and cooking styles. If you are familiar with the tapas style of dining, that is a good comparison – enjoy a selection of dishes that are cooked and served to order “as they come” and you won’t be disappointed. If you would prefer to order individually please just mention this to the waiting staff and we will do our best to serve dishes simultaneously.
We offer a SET MENU – which is a great introduction, although many regular customers like it so much they have it every visit! The Set Menu is designed to share, offering a combination of seafood and meat dishes followed by dessert. Vegetarian and non-meat options are also available.
Be it a family get-together, girls’ night out, birthday party or whatever the occasion, the casual dining style and communal element of eating at Momiji makes it a great place for group meals. The Set Menu is a great option for groups as it takes the pressure of you, sit back and relax and enjoy the food as it comes. If you would prefer to order from the main menu this is also possible, though we do emphasize the fact that, whatever you order, communal dining works so much better. For groups of eight or more we recommend pre-ordering to make for a smooth and relaxing evening and to avoid delays. We will take your contact details when you book and contact you to discuss.
At least once a month, we do Sushi for a three night period , when we have a sushi menu alongside a selection of our most popular dishes . Please note the full menu and SET Menu is not available on these nights. By making an event of it and holding this monthly, we are able to offer a good selection of sushi and it has become a focal point of our calendar. The next ones will be:
10,11 & 12 Sept. Also October 1,2,& 3.