My daughter and I have been patronizing Momiji for many years, both in Salem and in Lincoln City. We've always enjoyed our meals there. This last visit we ordered salmon nigiri, a shrimp tempura roll and a Salem roll, and all were very good. The sushi chef wisely advised us to try the salmon or tuna, and advised against a couple of other choices he said were not as fresh. I appreciated his advice and the salmon was perfect. We also ordered mu shu pork for the first time, which we found tasty, if a bit on the greasy side. It came with five pancakes and plum sauce for rolling our own "burritos". I'm not sure we'd order it again, but it was good enough. We arrived late in the evening, about an hour before closing. There were a number of children in the restaurant, most of whom were family. The owner's mother waited on us with her grandchild bundled on her back, and two older children (maybe 5 and 7?) were back with the sushi chef. While the food and service has always been good at this restaurant, I've always been dismayed by the cleanliness of the common areas. Everything seems to be sticky, from the pencils you write down your sushi order, to the bathrooms, to the dirty carpet on the floor, to the plastic wallets they bring with your bill. We would go more often if they spent more attention to keeping the place cleaner. And while we initially enjoyed watching the children in the kitchen, I have to say I was horrified when I saw the little boy grab a handful of rice from the sushi rice pile with his bare little hand when the sushi chef briefly turned away. Perhaps that pile of rice was going to be thrown out at the end of the day, or perhaps it was going to be saved for the next day, but either way, hygiene-wise, it's probably better to keep young children from being in the kitchen areas. Overall, the food is adequate, the sushi good, and while the location in the outlet mall causes the prices to be higher, it's handy for those shopping to have a good meal in a family - run restaurant.
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