J and I had a great dinner tonight at Princeton's newest sushi & Japanese cuisine restaurant.
We called ahead for a res'v and were advised they only take res'v for 8's or more. No problem as we were already on our way, parked in the Spring Street garage less than a block away and made a quick stop in Witherspoon Wines for a bottle of Chardonnay.
The restaurant is on Tulane Street next to the Princeton Record Exchange and the building has been totally redone inside and out. The result is a very hip, modern, inviting and comfortable space.
We decided to share everything so we ordered edamame and an avocado salad to start. Both were very fresh with the edamame served piping hot. The salad was served (at our request) with their house ginger dressing on the side. The dressing was very good and was thicker than many we've had in the past.
For our second course we ordered a couple of their gourmet sushi rolls - the Dragon roll and the Transformer roll along with an ala carte order of toro (fatty tuna).
The Dragon roll was a combination eel and cucumber roll wrapped with thinly sliced avocado and topped with caviar. Overall it was good with the eel being very mild and not distinctive. We'd recommend it for someone trying eel for the first time.
The Transformer roll was excellent. It is a combination of tuna, salmon, white tuna and avocado, wrapped in seaweed then very lightly fried and topped with a spicy sauce. The sauce really set it off and the combination was so good that we ordered a second.
The ala carte toro was two pieces of super fresh, melt in your mouth quality. Could have had a lot more but the second Transformer roll really filled us up!
Service throughout was excellent. After dinner we had a chance to meet one of the owners Carrie Chang. Carrie manages the front of the house while her brother Michael is behind the sushi bar. Both worked previously at Sunny Garden and now have their own place to showcase their skills. Their experience shows as the place was full yet running without a hiccup, after being open for only a week.
All in all, a very welcomed addition to Princeton and we look forward to many return visits to enjoy more of the cuisine.
Now, about the name... MoC MoC is a take on Carrie and Michael's initials and also a play on the Japanese greeting of moshi moshi. MoC can be pronounced MoShi. We like the creativity.