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Check out my Review of Lu Mama

now called Lu Mama pls check out my review under Sushi Lu Mama...it was great

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Lu Mama Restaurant
1858 Rue Sainte-Catherine W, Montreal, QC H3H1M1, CA

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    1. re: carswell

      If you click on the restaurant name in the OP's post, you'll see the review - it's a Chowhound review, not a blog. (Not so obvious! Blondee_47 - in future, if you post the review on the boards and check off "This is a review of a specific restaurant," your review will still be connected to the resto listing, but be more obvious to the board readers.)

    2. We came this close to going there last night but settled on a quick bite at Buns instead. Our first choice was actually Kazu but the line was too long and we saw the signs for Lu Mama but were leary to try out a new sushi joint. Thanks for being more brave than us!

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      Lu Mama Restaurant
      1858 Rue Sainte-Catherine W, Montreal, QC H3H1M1, CA

      1. i ate there before their renovations and it was really bad. the fish was not fresh, and i had a bone in my eel. the staff were unsympathetic and the meal turned me off sushi for 2 months. i hope they stepped up their game. i wouldn't return though.

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        1. re: celfie

          I think I remembered a bad review from CH and that's why I wasn't keen on going.

          1. re: celfie

            i remember going for my 20th birthday (which was two years ago) but not eating the sushi...the cooked stuff was good. So I guess they reopened? Looks like I'll be making a trip back to see how it is now!

            1. re: caramielle

              yes, the reason I did it this way is because the restaurant name has changed and the one existing on Chowhound under which I wrote the review is a different name slightly...so I did not know if that would mean anything to people since it simply seemed to close and re-open quietly ...and I did click restaurant review but any way I will be more careful next time.

              yes, it was not a blog post.

              1. re: caramielle

                What a coincidence I ate there for my 20th birthday (two years ago) and we had the sushi menu. It was decent and pretty good considering it was all you can eat. I went there one more time last year and had a consistent experience. However, I went there 2-3 weeks ago when they reopened and noticed something strange and so did my friends. We had sushi and the fish wasn't good. They didn't taste very fresh (and that's more or less a feat since all fish in montreal come in frozen!). Another quirk was that sashimi was sliced too thick. Maybe it's me but I've noticed a lot of these all you can eat sushi places cut their sashimi way too thick. I liked Lu Mama because it was an all you can eat sushi place where the offering was decent. I wouldn't go back based on my most recent experience.

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                Lu Mama Restaurant
                1858 Rue Sainte-Catherine W, Montreal, QC H3H1M1, CA

                1. re: lazypanda

                  lazypanda I ate there with hubby last Saturday nite and walked past a huge lineup at Kazu only to enter Lu Mama as the only beings in the resto and the fish was awful. Definitely not the resto I experienced on two prior occasions and its funny when sushi is bad u don't go back and give it a chance again. Sushi is the kind of food that has to be dead on fresh each and every time one eats it.

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                  Lu Mama Restaurant
                  1858 Rue Sainte-Catherine W, Montreal, QC H3H1M1, CA

                  1. re: lazypanda

                    FYI frozen fish in Montreal is a restaurant cost choice..... Many offer fresh unfrozen fish.

                    1. re: KzenCass

                      Ah sorry I should have specified that it was my assumption that all you can eat sushi place would supply themselves with frozen fish. It is true it's a choice!

                      1. re: lazypanda

                        frozen fish can be very good. fresh fish can go bad. IMHO it is up to the chef to make sure his fish, whether frozen or fresh, is up to standards.

                        1. re: blondee_47

                          I think you are right, but I grew up on fresh fish since my mom worked in a sushi shop that only used fresh fish. I can taste the difference, but I am personally not that picky of an eater. My student budget dictates what I eat!

                          1. re: lazypanda

                            This might not be the best place to post this but I recently got some information from an employee working at one of my favorite sushi pick up places. I guess where doesnt really matter though...because the situation seems to repeat itself regularly everywhere...He said that all fish used in sushi in canada has been frozen.

                            NOW....being pregnant I have of course read that sushi is a no no for obvious reasons but also heard that if one eats sushi using previously frozen fish its ok, something about the bacterias dying off in the freezing process.

                            The flipside to this whole thing is who to believe. I went somewhere else, several places in fact, and asked employees directly: "has this fish been previously frozen?" and the answer is always "no no its fresh".

                            I know 110% that people answer what they think a client wants to hear. When I ask if its fresh for no obvious reason, they say "yes yes fresh". If I explain that, being pregnant, I can't have raw fish unless it's been frozen, they answer "yes, yes, previously frozen"....

                            Not really a question just a comment on how annoying people can be.

                            1. re: humbert

                              i think one of the issues is also mercury exposure

                      2. re: KzenCass

                        Fresh vs. frozen may be a health and legal requirement. I'm not sure about Quebec, but Ontario and most states in the US require almost all varieties of fish to be frozen before serving raw. Exceptions are usually for deep sea fish with low risk of parasites. Even the best and most expensive New York City sushi restaurants (Masa, Yasuda, etc.) do this. Here is a link to a Canadian Medical Association Journal article about Ontario's regulations: http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/1... and here is a discussion about NYC sushi restaurants' frozen raw fish: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/08/nyr...

                        1. re: Jasper1

                          Personally, whenever I decide on making sushi at home or tataki I always, without exception, freeze my fish first. Even if it has come from my most reliable fish monger; I have a huge fear of getting tapeworm and years ago I read that freezing fish kills any chance of that.