It’s often been said that sushi isn’t a real meal: Unlike a proper meat-and-potatoes meal, some say, sushi leaves you inevitably hungry for more. To those cynics, we humbly suggest that perhaps they’re just not eating enough sushi. Test the theory at Montreal’s best all-you-can-eat sushi joints.
Kanda delivers on variety, freshness and value, but there are two catches: Sashimi isn’t always available, and you pay extra for each uneaten piece, so don’t let your eyes overtake your belly. $14 weekdays, $22 weekends. Various locations.
In the heart of the Main strip, Odaki offers dozens of nigiri, sashimi and maki options. Try the house specialty, Maki Odaki: pollock, spicy tuna, smoked salmon, shrimp, caviar, avocado, cucumber and tempura. $22 weekdays, $27 weekends. 3977 St. Laurent Blvd., 514-282-1268.
Roughly 50 varieties of maki and sushi can be consumed at either of Mou-shi’s locations, including such unusual offerings as Hawaiian maki (plus pineapple, of course). BYOB – but be sure to clean your plate. $20–$24. Various locations.
Le Vent d’Osaka
Look for classic rolls as well as some Chinese and local accents here. Get post-modern with the Quebec roll, which includes smoked salmon, cream cheese and caviar. $20 weekdays, $23 weekends. 2028 St. Denis St., 514-982-6711.
The Asean Garden
Asean offers an idiosyncratic take on sushi, mixing standbys with other dishes, which include cuttlefish, sea urchin and surf clam. Try the Rising Sun, with tobiko, scallop and quail egg. $22–$25. 5828 Sherbrooke St. W., 514-487-8868.
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