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Jan 4, 2008 01:38 PM

sushi anyone

best sushi places in montreal

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    1. I like kanda sushi. they have 3 locations. one downtown on bishop, one somewhere on queen mary, and one out in the west island on St jean's. it's between 19.99 - 23.99 all you can eat. it's a la carte..not a buffet and it's good.

      (just because you pay $80 for 2 for sushi - doesnt make it good.)

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      1. re: Kryster

        Oh, I'm sorry, but we went accidentally went to Kanda Sushi on Queen Mary and it was the biggest sushi mistake of my life. Every single selection tasted like absolutely nothing. People were scoffing the stuff down like there was no tomorrow, and quantity definitely won out over quality. We agreed we'd have been much happier spending twice as much and getting 6X the quality.

        We finally tried Mikado on Monkeyland, and have been back twice since.

        1. re: Kryster

          I really despise the sushi at Kanda on Bishop. Terrible, dried out stuff. Blergh.

          In that area, I much prefer sushi Kanto in the Faubourg. The selection is meager but what they do make is delicious and fresh.

          1. re: mainsqueeze

            Gotta ditto that, although I had some ok experiences at Kanda on Bishop.

            I love Kanto, its incredibly good. I wish they were open later :(

            1. re: mainsqueeze

              I just wanted to update this since the last time I went to Kanto the guy there showed me the menu card that he hides under counter. There's actually much more selection than I thought. You're not limited to the rolls that are up on the boards.

              1. re: mainsqueeze

                I think Kanda on Bishop is the best deal on good sushi in town. That's if you do the 80 cent! take out menu. Yup, 80 cents! Had to work this weekend so I picked up sushi on the way home tonight. 20 pieces of fresh sushi for $16. Their turnover is so high you always get fresh fish. It's made to order not the crap you get at sushi shop etc.. It's not perfect but by far the best bang for the buck sushi wise I've encountered.
                Had to really expend far to much energy to get the bill right though. She'd (innocently) overcharged me by about $5 and just couldn't get the calculations right. She was new. I hope the pro is still there because she fronts the restaurant really well.

            2. Kaizen is consistently rated #1 in the city, but that doesn't necessarily make it the best. I've never been, but I imagine it has something going for it if it's consistently rated so highly.

              My favorite that I've been too so far is Miso, which is on St. Catherine's right by the Atwater stop. It's more of a fusion restaurant than strictly Japanese, but they do have good food.

              As for a volonte experiences, it's hard to really recommend any of them... I've been slowly working my way through them all and haven't really found that's particularly good. I've returned to Odaki on St. Laurent simply because they have mackerel (my favorite) and soft shell crab on the menu, but they also have a maki roll that combines spicy mayo and rice krispies, so it's hard to give them too much credit.

              1. I kind of have to agree that all you can eat sushi does not hold a lot of appeal for me. If I'm doing sushi, quality has to be key. And very few all you can eat places put quality over quantity.

                I like Tri Express, I thought it is very good. I have been a little disappointed by Mikado on Laurier of late. It used to be my favorite. And recently, we had a great meal at Takara (4th floor of Les Cours Mont Royal). We went with friends who are regulars, and they let the chef choose everything. We had some great appetizers, including a cooked oyster appetizer that was out of this world. We also had a fabulous hot pot, kind of like the ones they feed the sumo wrestlers. The sashimi was very fresh and very tasty. I was not as big a fan of the rolls, but they were certainly acceptable. They just weren't the best I've ever had.

                Unfortunately, I have been spoiled by some really great sushi in Vancouver, and now I am not as excited by the Montreal sushi scene. Better for my pocket book, I suppose. But I kind of feel, what is the point of eating substandard sushi? I'd rather eat it less often and really enjoy the experience. Especially since it is expensive. The quality/price ratio is a funny thing.

                Now, there is a really great little place in Westmount Square that I happily eat at. There is a fruit and vegetable store/florist run by the Kims. They also have a lunch counter. They have a really great sushi special for around $17 with 14 assorted pieces, some rolls, some sashimi. It comes with a gigantic fresh salad with a nice asian style housemade vinagrette. The sushi is very fresh and delicious, and aesthetically pleasing.I haven't been disappointed yet! The whole thing is quite filling. Very high quality/price ratio for my money! And Mrs. Kim (of course they are Korean) makes really great kimchi, one of the best I've had in the city. If you get to know them (or if you are Korean), and if they have it around, they will sometimes give you some to go along with your meal... I keep on trying to convince them to sell the stuff, it is pretty good kimchi! But so far, they save it for staff meals....

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                1. re: moh

                  Agree that the Laurier Mikado has loss some of its lustre recently (don't eat there frequently enough to know when it started sliding). However, the Monkland outlet has been consistently solid in my experience, especially for the more traditional sushi I find appealing.

                  My favourite source of sushi remains Sushi Volant. Unfortunately, it's takeout only and never offers a huge variety. But the fish and shellfish are fresh and the rice is superb.

                  1. re: carswell

                    The one on Rachel? will have to give it a try next time I am near Parc lafontaine. thanks for the tip!

                    1. re: carswell

                      Sushi Volant is good, but I never understood their "call us 5 hours ahead" thing. I rarely know what I want to have for dinner most days until the last minute, so I always end up picking something from their fridge or trying Tataki if I don't want to eat refrigerated sushi (Duluth and Buillon I believe, decent but nothing spectacular). The end result is not bad, but I prefer something made to order, not something sitting in the fridge for long. I know they are a small business with minimal number of employees, and I don't mind waiting for an hour to get my order if necessary; but 5 hours call ahead time (they ask you to call a day in advance for the weekends) for takeout sushi is just a mystery to me. We are not talking about a 12 hour braised short ribs, or a two day cassoulet here.

                      1. re: emerilcantcook

                        I always assumed it had something to do with properly thawing the right amount of fish. It is definitely worth ordering a day ahead if you know you are having an occasion. And at busy times I've picked up a big order of sushi at noon that I then put int he fridge till dinner .. Valentine's Day, for example. Very busy at Sushi Volant.

                        1. re: emerilcantcook

                          I was looking for some sushi in my neighborhood as I've recently moved away from my usual place (Bleu Caramel) and tried Tataki. I was really hesitant to try as the store front looks like a not-so-great take out place but-it was really good sushi at a reasonable price. The use of mint in one of the rolls was super refreshing and unexpected, as well a maki we tried with eggplant. So, I'd say its definately worth a try! Appearances can be deceiving!

                      2. re: moh

                        I finally tried Tri Express, and it was really good. I had the omakase, and the fish was extremely fresh, flavors were clean, combinations were creative but not bizzaro (once I had some roll with banana slices at NYC) and the rice was right. No doubt the best I've had so far in the city, I can even say one of the best ones I've had North America (or perhaps my sushi standards have been lowered by the many mediocre places around town). So far so good, however, the service was extremely fast: so fast that they would start bringing new courses just a minute after we started our previous one. I know the name itself says "express", and we have been warned that our seating is only reserved for an hour an a half; but it took us 50 minutes to get in, order (ordering took longer than the time between some courses), pay, and get out. We are kind of fast eaters, but this was even too fast for us. Mind you, this covered a five course dinner, not just a bunch of rolls and nigiri.

                        I think this turned out to be the most expensive per minute meal I have ever had. But the food was so good, I can't wait to try it at a slower time.

                        1. re: moh

                          Hey, so I understand that this post is from two years ago, but I was just at Sushi Kim in Westmount Square today and the sashimi and everything else was just as fresh as moh has mentioned. And it's still $15 (w/out tax) for a 14-piece combo, with sashimi, hosomaki, and one maki roll. Ooh and a generous salad with that minced ginger vinaigrette often at Japanese places. Worth checking out, it's a great option for those looking for quality but still a quick meal.

                          Westmount Square
                          , Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

                          1. re: torontrealais

                            Thanks for the report back torontrealais, I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your meal there. I find their food very good quality for the price. It is always very fresh. It is probably my favorite place to eat in Westmount square.

                        2. I think that an important omission is Jun I on Laurier. In my humble opinion, it is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. Even the temperature at which the "sushi" is served leads to a much more pleasurable experience. As a side note, I cannot say that I am as enthused by their appetizers and desserts. They are of the "inventive that does not quite work" variety for the most part. But, nevertheless, THE place to go in Montreal for sushi.

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                          1. re: 1Marlowe1

                            Probably worth repeating. But it is recommended several times in the thread mainsqueeze linked to in the first reply in this thread.