I know there a a couple of threads about this already, but none that are particularly recent. After reading reviews of Kaizen, I went there with some friends with the intention of ordering a LOT of sushi. We ordered the "Sushi Phile" platter which had about 40 pieces for something like $120. Because this was opposed to "Sushi Virgin" I assume we would be getting REAL, UNUSUAL, JAPANESE items like sea urchin, butterfish, roe, abalone, tuna belly, etc.
Instead, it was an enormous platter of stupid Americanized maki, one of which contained beef. They weren't bad tasting, but that isn't the point. What I have yet to find in Montreal is a traditional Japanese sushi place with a good selection of fresh fish. Please do not suggest places based on the quality of the spicy mayo in the Dragon roll, or the crispyness of deep-fried tempura maki. These things are yummy, don't get me wrong. But there is no lack of them in Montreal. I have been to tons of places (Royal, Ocean, Kanda, Odaki, Oishi) that have a huge assortment of tasty maki, but a "Chef's Choice" sushi plate that is lacklustre, not very fresh and NEVER contains anything other than the ubiquitous salmon/tuna/hamachi/ebi/kani/etc. I want a place I can go to for tobiko with quail egg, perfect salmon sashimi and fatty tuna. And a good Agadashi Dofu and Chawanmushi doesn't hurt. Does anyone know of such a place???
The closest I've found is Mikado, but it;s quite expensive. Is there anything more low-key? Authentic but casual?
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