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.
You wouldn’t expect to find one of Montreal’s best sushi shops in the depths of Plateau, nor would you expect it to be a dep -- but that’s 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 may be relatively new on Montreal’s sushi scene -- they opened just last year -- and they may be tucked away in the basement of the ritzy Hotel Place d’Armes, but they haven’t 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 ‘cause Gaijin means "stranger".
Tri Du, the amazingly named sushi chef behind the shop’s 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’s about as tall as your head in piled-up toppings. Cash only, BYOW, & reservation required.
Sushi Hana may be a trip outside of the city proper, but it’s 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
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’re not asking questions. It's delicious, and it's not alone in being so on the menu.
Park may do a little damage to your pocketbook, but the caliber of sushi on offer here -- especially since Antonio Park’s one of the only chefs in Canada to have a private fish import license -- is the kind of stuff you’d 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.
Don’t 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
This is the kind of place where you’ll 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 Flambée roll -- and then mock their turgid bellies when they're unable to stand up again for a while.
1. Sushi Dépanneur1475 AV.Mont-Royal est, Montreal
2. Kyo Bar Japonais711 Côte de la Place d’Armes, Montreal
3. Tri Express1650 rue Laurier E, Montreal
4. Sushi Hana3211 Chemin de Chambly, Longueuil
5. Saint Sushi Bar424 Duluth Est, Montreal
6. Park378 Ave Victoria, Westmount
7. Mikado399 Ave Laurier Ouest, Montreal
8. Mikasa Sushi Bar2049 Rue Peel, Montreal
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..?
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.
The fish here is incredibly fresh and the plates are simultaneously traditional and creative. Most importantly: everything is crazy delicious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Downtown resto is the kind of place where you’ll 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 Flambée roll. You won't be disappointed.