Where to eat great sushi in Montréal
This article was updated on July 24, 2019.
Montréal’s map of culinary offerings spans the globe. Whether you’re looking for authentic Neapolitan-style pizza, fiery spices of the Caribbean or delicately rolled maki of Japan, we’ve got you covered.
The Japanese community in Montréal is small (it makes up less than 1% of the city’s population). However, the people and culture are well represented here through festivals like Otakuthon, Fantasia and Matsuri Japon – and, most importantly, through food!
Japanese food – sushi more specifically – sometimes has a reputation for being expensive and inaccessible for the uninitiated. Luckily, we have some favourite local sushi spots that will surely satiate all tastes and budgets.
If you’re going to dine in or take out, your meal with Ryu will be an experience, to say the least. Ryu combines Asian culinary traditions with freshly grown regional Québec produce in all their signature creations. Their social and ecological responsibility is reflected in the packaging of their takeout containers as well as the produce and fish, which is 100% sustainable with verified origins. Poke bowls and bento boxes await.
Montréal’s premiere vegan sushi spot. Yes, vegan. Sushi Momo offers a refreshing, contemporary and all vegan take on Japanese cuisine. If you’re not sold on the idea of vegan sushi, let their “Fuji Flambé” convince you: “Torched maki comprised of fried asparagus and caramelised onion, topped with a jackfruit tartare and drizzled with our tartare sauce.” Yes, they take reservations.
Bistro Japonais Furusato
Located steps away from the Quartier des spectacles, Bistro Japonais Furusato is a small non-descript oasis for sushi and other Japanese delights. Check out the generous sushi and sashimi platters; they will blow you away. Generous and always fresh, the food at Furusato never disappoints.
Fine dining options
You can’t really talk about fine dining in Montréal, let alone Japanese cuisine or sushi, without mentioning Park, one of the hottest reservations in town. Celebrity chef and owner Antonio Park brings you the finest selections of fish and seafood the world has to offer – he literally imports his own seafood! It’s not uncommon to bump into a star or two when dining on Ikejime’ed fish or certified Kobe beef - yes, he imports that too! Omakase menu is highly recommended.
Chef Junichi Ikematsu is a Montréal restaurant scene veteran. Those who remember Juni from his Soto days will remember his creative take on French and Japanese fusion dishes (he is classically trained in French cuisine). The menu at Jun I is clean, concise and classic. Focusing on the freshness and quality of products and execution of techniques, a meal at Jun-I is a delight for the senses.
Saiko Bistrot Izakaya
Saiko Bistrot Izakaya is a cross between sushi restaurant and upscale izakaya. Located in the middle of the business district, Saiko is a popular spot for a business lunch of bento boxes and hot meals. Visit in the evening for a refined dining experience and explore their diverse sushi list or let the chef prepare a personalized meal for you by ordering the omakase (chef’s choice).
Sakura is one of the oldest restaurants in Montréal, not just on the Japanese scene, as it was founded in 1973 by Noika Ishii. Sakura offers a modestly priced sushi menu and lunch specials. It’s famous for its Kaiseki menu, a traditional multi-course (up to 15!) meal that is rarely ever the same, since the ingredients are representative of the season during which it is served. Reservations are mandatory and are to be made a minimum of one week in advance.
Sho-Dan Restaurant has been a mainstay in the Montréal sushi scene for over 20 years. From humble beginnings to a dedicated following, Sho-Dan has paved the way for the new generations of sushi restaurants and chefs. Classic offerings as well as specialty rolls with whimsical names such as the Besame Mucho, Kiss roll and Lovers roll. Sho-Dan’s menu also features a fine wine, sake and cocktail list.
Mikado has three locations across the city – in Outremont, the Plateau and in N.D.G. Their philosophy is “Japanese cuisine is an art in which aesthetics stem from product freshness and quality and where preparation is as critical as presentation. The dishes must be pleasing both to the eye and palate, making Japanese cuisine a truly sensual experience.” Therefore, this spot has been a Montréal favorite for solid sushi and sashimi for over 30 years.
Located in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Maïko Sushi is a West Island favorite for everything Japanese food. Founder Maïko stresses quality and detail. She believes that the dining experience at her restaurant (the first location opened in 1997) is not only about the food, but also ambiance and hospitality. From exquisite choices of fish to plating that looks too good to eat, any meal at Maïko is one to remember.
Chef Tri Du can be considered a pioneer in the Montréal sushi scene and has amassed a loyal following since the 1980s. Having run multiple successful Japanese and sushi houses through the ‘80s in Montréal, Chef Du finally opened his own sushi outpost in the Plateau in 2008, Tri Express. With funky décor and eclectic styling, the space is fun and casual. Classic sushi, sashimi, maki and tartars await you.
If you’re looking for both sushi and nightlife, Flyjin is the place for you. Brought to you by Chef Antonio Park, this spot not only offers you a delectable menu of dishes made with market-fresh ingredients, but also a vast selection of cocktails, sake, premium alcohol, wine and Japanese beers – not to mention a curated list of resident DJs.
Kyo Bar Japonais
Tucked away in Place d’Armes, right under the iconic Hotel Place d’Armes, Kyo is a happening spot for sushi and izakaya favourites. Stop by at lunch for a colorful bento box or visit in the evening for market fresh sushi and maki creations, all in a laid-back atmosphere. Kyo Bar Japonais boasts Montréal’s most extensive sake list.
Saint sushi bar
Located in the Plateau on the vibrant Duluth Street, Saint sushi bar has been a popular spot among the younger sushi aficionados. If it weren’t for the maki rolls named after celebrities, like the “James Brown Maki” or the “Madonna” (seaweed roll with tuna, salmon, mango, cucumber, avocado and spicy mayonnaise), the curated playlist of early 2000s hip hop would be a clear indicator of the vibe you’re going to get at Saint Sushi.
Don’t let the fact that Kazumi is situated in a strip-mall at the east end of the city deter you. Kazumi is a popular spot for creative maki rolls and farm fresh ingredients that Chef Thang Mach grows himself! Dishes are seasonally inspired – as you’ll see if you visit during king crab or lobster season – and each order is meticulously plated and beautifully presented.
Jason Lee, blogger
Jason is a food eater and picture taker. As the blogger behind Shut Up and Eat, he covers everything food, from recipes to reviews. Jason has vowed that he will not stop until he has officially eaten his way across Montréal. It’s a big claim, and it’s one he’s making.