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May 27, 2008 06:42 AM

Sushi place with conveyor belt in montreal?

Is there any sushi place in Montreal where the dishes are served on a conveyor belt? I really like this system but I never saw it in Montreal.

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  1. Not that I am aware of - although why anyone would want to eat at one is beyond me - my experiences have been universally wretched at such establishments. (with the caveat that this was in Toronto).

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    1. re: buspirone

      Well if I'm not wrong that's the "traditional" way of eating sushi. Personally I enjoy it since it allows me to see all the different sushis.

      1. re: Kebab

        Unless I'm wrong it is only "traditional" at places that feature conveyor belts :-)

      2. re: buspirone

        I've had this in san francisco a few times and each place was better than the best montreal sushi.

        1. re: celfie

          That probably has to do with the fact that it was San Francisco, rather than any effects from the conveyor belt itself. ;-)

          1. re: kpzoo

            Agreed. I cannot speak for what happens in Japan, but in North America I find that this is a little more than a gimmick found in "cheap" sushi shops and not the higher quality ones.

            And Montreal's low-end sushi is really really low end (Kanda anyone?) SF's low end is tolerable.

            1. re: buspirone

              In Japan too, conveyor belt sushi is the most affordable option.

              The "traditional" way has the sushiman (and only men) give the sushi piece directly to the customer. No assorted plates, just order one at the time at the bar.

      3. Twenty years ago there was one on Crescent St below Ste Catherine St but not even a good conveyor belt could help poor sushi. Out of business !

        1. I don't think theres any in Montreal.
          I also don't beleive the conveyor itself is a sign of bad sushi. I am supposing that the system started in Japan to get sushi out of the kitchen in a steady fashion.
          People around the world started using the system as a novelty.
          Years ago, there was Susha Gardens on Bishop. Their conveyor was a canal with sushi-carrying boats. I figure the upkeep was too expensive for what little use they got out of it and simply stopped using it.

          BTW here's a video of someone placing a video camera on a sushi conveyor in Tokyo...

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          1. re: porker

            Ahh, Suisha Gardens (on Mackay?)..the place where I first learned all about sushi, mastered the art of chopsticks, and even had my 8th birthday party! (too many years ago to mention)

            If ever another conveyor-belt place opens up in Montreal, I will race over there just out of sheer nostalgia for this place.

            1. re: anachemia

              You willingly ate sushi at age 8? I'm very impressed. ;-)

              1. re: kpzoo

                My kids have been loving sushi since they were 4!

                As for the conveyor belts, yes, they're all over Japan, that's just the way it's done.

          2. In Japan, it is a cheap yet excellent option, especially if you are alone. But in Montréal, there is none.
            I would strongly suggest, however, a visit to the excellent Tri Express on Laurier east. If you sit at the bar, you can watch the chef prepare the sushi. You can't see it before you order it -- which I guess is what you appreciate at the conveyor belt places -- but everything is excellent and you should not worry. And you can tell the chef exactly what you like.

            1. This just in...

              The branch of Odaki all-you-can-eat sushi on Ste-Catherine near St-Marc has a conveyor belt!

              We noticed it when we went there for lunch, today. The sushi was pretty good, too. And the decor is very nice.

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              1. re: SnackHappy

                Had dinner at Odaki yesterday and it was a pretty good meal. The conveyor belt was great as it allowed us to grab a few apps (edamame etc...) before ordering--which was needed cause the service was slow. For 23 bucks they have all you can eat sushi (including the "belt") as well as Chinese and Thai options. The salmon teriaki was excellent, the beef a little tough. The goyza was so so but overall the quality of the sushi was good, not the best but not low end either. They had a wide selection including mackrel (my fav) and I agree with SnackHappy that the decor is nice with private, large booths. Another thing I liked was that the dishes were not too large or rice heavy--as with many all you can eat sushi places. I have no problem with the conveyor belt concept--Yo Sushi in London makes a killing with their chains there (including one in the airport) and frankly, it's nice to be able to eat with my eyes and choose whatever strikes my fancy. i'm glad such an option now exists in montreal--I think that when Mikado and Kaizen are out of my price range for the evening I will end up at Odaki in the future.

                1. re: daimon4

                  It's $15 dollars for lunch. They have more stuff on their menu at dinner though.