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Nov 6, 2009 03:25 PM

"Raw Deal" report on Sushi

I'm new to posting so I'm not sure if I'm allowed being negative, if so please forgive me.

Last night CTV Montreal's "Raw Deal" news report aired a scathing report on Montreal sushi joints that has me irate! I urge you all to look it up and read/watch it. To sum up it basically found out that the only scammers bigger than used car dealerships are sushi joints with 14 of 16 randomly selected restaurants selling "mislabeled" items, and very obviously for their benefit (profit) and to our detriment.

I even know of a very famous sushi chef (as famous as one could get I suppose) who was ultimately fired after refusing to lower his standards after that particular restaurant went corporate and expanded.

It's time we set clear boundaries as to who the good guys and bad guys of sushi are in this town and purge the city of these fraud artists! We have WAY too many sushi joints here anyhow!

What are the good and AUTHENTIC sushi restaurants in the city???

Thanks and farewell (hopefully the Yakuza don't come after me)!

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  1. Here's a link to the article and video report:

    «What are the good and AUTHENTIC sushi restaurants in the city???»

    Jun-i is tops.

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    1. re: carswell

      Ultimately this is when what you pay for sushi is what you get. skip the convenience of the subway/food court and don't be ashamed to spend a little more money. After all you are what you eat.
      I have been to Jun-i and believe all their food is organic however I don't believe they are as authentic as a place such as kaizen.
      My friend and I get great pleasure out of hanging out at their sushi bar (or on occasion with a group at a big table) and asking about their specials of the day. One such special which appears to be consistently on their menu now is the red snapper which is imported after being given acupuncture to keep it alive during the shipping process until literally a minute before it is in your mouth.
      Anyways as for purging a particular sushi place in town i am not sure if i am more opposed to miso or sushi shop... i would suggest avoiding either as what they produce is usually pretty disappointing and obviously not fresh or traceable

      1. re: wcundill

        As someone who is a chef and who owned a fish/seafood restaurant for a few years I am always very suspicious whenever I see Red Snapper on a menu. It is an endangered species and as such it is not as plentiful as you might think from its frequent appearance on many menus. Genetic studies have shown, however, that many fish sold as red snapper in the USA and Canada are not actually Red Snapper, but other species in the family. This kind of seafood mislabelling is probably common with species that suffer from heavy overfishing, and whose stocks are depleted to the point that supply cannot keep up with demand.
        Two articles on this:

        After living on the West Coast for many years I have been consistently disappointed by the sushi places here in Montreal. Calgary has better sushi!
        But it has been my experience that Montreal is just not that much of a fish city.

      2. If your looking for authentic sushi in Montreal go to Kaizen, sit at the sushi bar, order an omakaze and prepare to be amazed!

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        1. re: dylankier

          there is precisely nothing authentic about Kaizen.
          It may be good food, upscale atmosphere, artful preparation etc but I would be surprised if they've ever even employed a japanese person (that is, after Koji left).

        2. Tri Express on Laurier
          Bishoku on Bishop

          1184 Rue Bishop, Montreal, QC H3G2E3, CA

          Tri Express
          1650 Av Laurier E, Montreal, QC H2J1J2, CA

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          1. re: jarschef

            Tri is vietnamese.
            He and his staff make wonderful rolls. But there's nothng "authentic" there.
            Besides which, the entire concept of sushi, as westerners undertand it, is not authentic. So whatever eh? ;)

          2. I also put in a vote for Jun-i. Very fresh, very lovely sushi.

            Kaizen isn't bad. I will eat there, but I'm always a little disappointed.

            Tri express is good, but I like simple sushi, so I am not as impressed by all the fancy-dancy rolls.

            I used to like Mikado a lot, but I feel it has gone downhill lately.

            I agree with Bigfellow, Montreal really isn't a fish town. I miss Vancouver. Wow, the sushi and sashimi! It makes it hard for me to eat the stuff here. It has saved me a lot of money though. But Jun-i is pretty good, and I will go there if I really need my fix.

            For less expensive sushi, I still like Mr Kim's place in Westmount Square. But this isn't a destination sushi place. It is just an easy place to get some reasonably priced rolls and nigiri.

            Westmount Square
            , Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

            1. I am pleased that I generally stick to salmon and shrimp!