Freshness and know-how meet in the heart of downtown

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Montreal centre-ville

Ryu

For real aficionados, sushi is more than a meal … It’s a unique sensory experience in the world of culinary art. Indeed, the flavors and textures of vinegared rice and meticulously assembled ingredients offer a true feast as much for your eyes as for your taste buds. In downtown Montreal, whether for a meal worthy of an emperor or a simple casual lunch, connoisseurs of this Japanese cuisine are well served.

To make them easier to spot, we’ve highlighted 5 restaurants that will transport you to the land of the rising sun.

Saiko Bistrot Izakaya

Chef Shin Ichi-San is the master behind the creations of this renowned Japanese bistro. The menu offers many classic dishes, but also a few innovations such as Nasu Dengaku, made with sweet Asian eggplants stuffed with a mixture of seafood, grilled and topped with a sweet miso paste. There is the usual selection of a la carte sushi and an omakase menu (chef’s selections), which is arguably the best choice for sushi fiends who want to try something off the beaten path.

1065 Beaver Hall Hill

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Ryu

Ryu Restaurant, located on Peel Street, offers a menu of fine traditional Japanese dishes with a modern twist. All the seafood used in their sushi is sustainably sourced, and the carefully selected, high quality ingredients are sure to provide a memorable dining experience. A must try: the “Surf & Wagyu”, a maki made with A4 Wagyu beef imported from Miyazaki, spicy tuna, enoki, avocado, fried onion and nori. A real delight!

1474 Peel Street

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Momoyama

Momoyama

Located in the Carrefour Industrielle Alliance food court, Momoyama sushi bar is the perfect place for a casual lunch. In addition to the traditional menu of varied sushi, sashimi and maki, regulars often come back for Chicken Katsu: pieces of chicken fried in panko breadcrumbs, topped with a katsu sauce (also called tonkatsu), a style of Japanese BBQ sauce.

977 Ste-Catherine Street W.

Shô-Dan

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It was in 1998 that founder Madonna Bailey and chef Chinh Pham, aka Romeo, opened the Sho-Dan restaurant on Metcalfe Street. Their vision and know-how enabled this establishment to quickly become a true institution in the heart of the business district. Although Sho-Dan offers Japanese specialties, it also draws inspiration from cuisines from around the world, to create so-called fusion cuisine dishes, designed to give you an experience that will please your eyes as much as your palate. A must-try: the Romeo and Juliet sushi roll with shrimp, blueberries, pineapple and strawberries. Amazing!

2020 Metcalfe Street

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Nippon Sushi

The Nippon Sushi restaurant is a friendly little sushi bar with a relaxed atmosphere, perfect for a quick lunch. A variety of specialties are ordered directly at the counter, all prepared in front of you, but several pre-prepared combinations are also available. Sweet and salty lovers will appreciate the Black Dragon, made with tempura vegetables, spicy tuna, lettuce and mango wrapped in a soy leaf.

1104, de Maisonneuve W. Blvd.