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Momiji will serve modern and some non-traditional sushi from location on Portland Road

A new sushi restaurant called Momiji is expected to open in mid-December on Highway 99W in the former location of Frack Burger.

The restaurant will serve "modern sushi, a non- traditional style of sushi that's focused on offering more options of cooked sushi and less raw fish," John Zhen, the new restaurant's manager, said.

"Our goal is to fuse traditional sushi with a convenient, healthy solution, changing the perception of sushi using creative ideas and modernized techniques." according to their website.

"We will serve both lunch and dinner and will offer a nigari happy hour," Zhen said.

Nigiri is a thin slice of raw or cooked fish that is layered on top a mound of vinegary rice that fits comfortably into the mouth. Typically, a small amount of wasabi is placed between the fish and the rice, although in some cases, a small strip of toasted seaweed, or nori, may be used instead. In Japanese, nigiri translates to two fingers, which refers to the size of the rice portion.

The menu has a variety of choices to meet customers' sushi cravings, from an avocado boat to a sushi tower which has pieces of salmon, tuna and maguro, layered with crab salad, avocado and rice. It's then topped with eel and garlic sauce, fish roe, tempura crumbs and sesame seeds. Momiji will include a variety plate for individuals and a platter for larger groups. For those not into raw or cooked fish they will include a vegetable-only plate on the menu.

Those ready for desert have several types of crapes to choose from. They will offer anything from crapes for the chocolate lover to the classic crape of strawberries, peaches, Nutella, vanilla ice cream, strawberry syrup, whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles. If crapes are not your forte, then you will find ice-cream to top off your palette.

"We will also have a late-night special of rolls, other specials and all-you-can eat," Zhen said, adding that the average price for a meal will be around $10. "It will be a nice place to hang-out for professionals and students."

The eatery will be open until midnight and have a drive-through window, Zhen said, adding "we are focused on new ideas for sushi, a focus on beginners" and can accommodate large groups.

Momiji began as a small restaurant with five tables and a bar. Now they have grown to "four locations throughout Oregon," Zhen said. Momiji in Newberg will be their fifth location.

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