Take Your Kids to Namoo Sushi

Namoo Sushi Port Moody

My kids love sushi. In fact, while my daughter declares that mashed potatoes are “weird”, she happily noshes on octopus sushi (or tako nigiri, for those in the know). This is no surprise because like many kids here in Metro Vancouver, my children have been eating it since they were in diapers. Sushi is one of our favourite go-to meals when we don’t feel like cooking. This is how, one recent Saturday evening, we found ourselves headed to Namoo Sushi in Port Moody for a visit.

No Play Place, No Crayons, Still Kid-Friendly

Namoo Sushi differs from most of the restaurants we normally visit with the kids in that it doesn’t have an indoor playspace, and it doesn’t offer crayons or colouring sheets to young patrons. In short, it’s not a “family” restaurant. However, we found it to be very kid-friendly all the same. Decorated with lots of little lights, and with a large water feature in the centre, my children were enchanted. They have a number of small rooms around the exterior, and we were seated in one. It provided a great enclosure, keeping the kids contained and focused on their food, rather than the other patrons. If you visit the restaurant with a family in tow, I would recommend requesting one of these rooms.

Namoo Sushi has another big mark in its favour if you’re dining with children, and that’s speed. They bring your food as it’s ready, in waves. Within a few minutes of ordering we had our first tray of food, which meant that the kids didn’t have to wait too long. With more food coming every few minutes after that, it kept the meal moving and it gave my young dining companions something new to focus on before their attention spans ran out. It wasn’t exactly a leisurely meal, but it was actually very relaxed considering my husband and I were there with two young children.

Good Value, Good Sushi

Namoo offers a children’s box, but we took a pass on that and instead ordered a bunch of food and dined family-style. Their menu features fairly typical fare for a sushi restaurant – maki, nigiri, sashimi, sunomono, miso, tempura and so on. For $40 we all got our fill, with a little bit left over. It’s less than we would spend at most family restaurants, although it’s not the cheapest sushi in town. In terms of quality my husband and I both rated it fairly high – not the best, but far from the worst. For the price that we paid, we felt that we got good value for our dollar. We both agree that we’d go back on another night that we don’t feel like cooking, and we want to get out of the house.

Namoo Sushi is open 11:30am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday and 11:30am-10:00pm Friday and Saturday. It’s closed Sundays.

Namoo Sushi

101-3003 Saint Johns Street, Port Moody

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  1. Have you tried Sushi town in Coquitlam? sushi town is my fav sushi place is the tri-cities.

    • We have tried Sushi Town. I wasn’t a fan, although I know many people swear by it. Sushi is such a hot topic in this part of the world!

  2. Graeme Mac says:

    Namoo is a firm favourite in our house. Often the kids get treated with lollipops after the meal and the owners have given us small clay monkeys – not sure why but the kids love them. You’re right it’s not a typical “family” place but they do a great job of remembering that our kids like their california rolls without avocado. Highly recommend it.

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