Food & Drink

The 8 best sushi spots in Montreal

Published On 05/14/2014 Published On 05/14/2014

As anyone who's been desperately hungry at a gas station knows, good sushi is actually quite difficult to find. But this is a big city, and there are plenty of fish in the sea/streets -- and these are the raw spots worth checking out in Montreal.

Katherine Sehl

Sushi D茅panneur
Plateau
You wouldn鈥檛 expect to find one of Montreal鈥檚 best sushi shops in the depths of Plateau, nor would you expect it to be a dep -- but that鈥檚 how these guys do it. Browse through shoppable sushi supplies while you wait for heaping sushi platters filled with two-bite maki rolls and generous portions of fish.

Kyo Bar Japonais

KYO Bar
Old Montreal
KYO may be relatively new on Montreal鈥檚 sushi scene -- they opened just last year -- and they may be tucked away in the basement of the ritzy Hotel Place d鈥橝rmes, but they haven鈥檛 stayed underground for long. The caramelized onion, cheese tempura, spicy mayo, avocado, and beef sashimi Gaijin role will keep you coming back on the regular, which is ironic 鈥榗ause Gaijin means "stranger".

Katherine Sehl

Tri Express
Plateau
Tri Du, the amazingly named sushi chef behind the shop鈥檚 traditional-yet-creative menu, has loaded it with  the likes of rice crackers topped with lobster and scallop, and even a damn sushi pizza that鈥檚 about as tall as your head in piled-up toppings. Cash only, BYOW, & reservation required.

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Sushi Hana
Longueuil
Sushi Hana may be a trip outside of the city proper, but it鈥檚 well worth it; their extensive sushi menu includes one-of-a-kind options like Japanese curry, a bagel-inspired roll, and a sushi pizza that actually comes with cheese. It puts both sushi pizzas, and regular pizzas to shame.

Saint Sushi Bar

Saint Sushi Bar
Plateau
How do you establish yourself as the baddest, trillest, sushi maker in town? You name a sushi roll after Tupac Shakur. Not completely sure what spicy mayo, tempura, avocado, cucumber, and Boston lettuce have to do with 2Pac, but hey, we鈥檙e not asking questions. It's delicious, and it's not alone in being so on the menu.

Park Restaurant

Park
Westmount
Park may do a little damage to your pocketbook, but the caliber of sushi on offer here -- especially since Antonio Park鈥檚 one of the only chefs in Canada to have a private fish import license --  is the kind of stuff you鈥檇 end up selling your first-born child for if you had to (or if you just don't like them very much). The chef-picked omakase tasting menu comes in several courses -- each packing their own punch of flavor and artistry -- and is the best way to stretch your dollar.

Mikado

Mikado
Outremont
Don鈥檛 leave Mikado without choosing something from their original maki roll selection. Of special note is their homage roll to Montreal hood NDG that comes wrapped in rice paper, and filled with tuna dynamite, tempura, avocado, green apple, and spicy sauce. Sounds about right. Also, a lot of famous people eat here too, like Samuel L. Jackson, and Pierce Brosnan, who'll probably dine another day here, too.

Mikasa Sushi Bar

Mikasa Sushi Bar
Downtown
This is the kind of place where you鈥檒l want to book a low-tabled tatami room with a bunch of friends, order a bunch of specialty rolls to share -- especially the orange liquor-flamed Le Flamb茅e roll -- and then mock their turgid bellies when they're unable to stand up again for a while.

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1. Sushi D茅panneur 1475 AV.Mont-Royal est, Montreal, QC H2J 1Z1

Exploit the fact that this corner store not only has all your personal care needs, but also a full-service sushi bar. So bring a date and enjoy some chic sushi rolls or sashimi while you grab some deodorant and toothpaste for later and uhh whatever else you may need..?

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2. Kyo Bar Japonais 711 C么te de la Place d鈥橝rmes, Montreal, H2Y 2X6

This slick Japanese izakaya offers over 25 varieties of sake and wine, an impressive sushi bar, and killer cocktails like the wasabi-infused Kyo Cesar or Sake Colada.

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3. Tri Express 1650 rue Laurier E, Montreal, H2J 1J2 (Plateau)

The fish here is incredibly fresh and the plates are simultaneously traditional and creative. Most importantly: everything is crazy delicious.

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4. Sushi Hana 3211 Chemin de Chambly, Longueuil, J4L

Although it's not located inside the Montreal city limits, it's definitely worth a trip out to Longueuil for their fantastic sushi. The long and detailed menu includes one-of-a-kind options like Japanese curry, a bagel-inspired roll, and a sushi pizza (!) that actually comes with cheese.

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5. Saint Sushi Bar 424 Duluth Est, Montreal, H2L 1A3 (Plateau)

This Plateau fish spot rolls out a myriad of festive and delicious rolls and other Japanese fare, including a roll made with spicy mayo, tempura, avocado, cucumber and Boston lettuce named after Tupac. Seriously.

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6. Park 378 Ave Victoria, Westmount, H3Z 2N4

Park, named after Executive Chef Antonio Park, serves up a fusion of homemade dishes with an Asian-inspired twist. Chef Park has a private fish import license which, as we all know, allows the restaurant to employ freshly caught seafood in its dishes.

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7. Mikado 399 Ave Laurier Ouest, Montreal, H2V 2K3 (Outremont)

Although this Outremont spot offers up a wide assortment of tasty Japanese options, make sure you try out their maki roll selection. There, you'll find one of their specialties that pays homage to Montreal 'hood NDG, and comes wrapped in rice paper and filled with tuna dynamite, tempura, avocado, green apple, and spicy sauce.

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8. Mikasa Sushi Bar 2049 Rue Peel, Montreal, H3A 1T6

This Downtown resto is the kind of place where you鈥檒l want to book a low-tabled tatami room with a bunch of friends, and order a bunch of specialty rolls to share -- especially the orange liquor flamed Le Flamb茅e roll. You won't be disappointed.

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