Monday, 12 May 2014
Musing one evening about the foods we miss most from our respective homelands, one of my colleagues said he was struggling to find decent sushi in Montreal. I remembered reading many many glowing reviews of Restaurant Park placing chef Antonio Park at the top of the list when it comes to sushi here. It's pretty undisputed, he's has a license to import it himself, not sure where from but the sushi here is really very good.
Service was good too, couple of blips, like freaking out because there was a baby with us but mostly really friendly and helpful. I added 2 to the party at very short notice and they were obliging. We mostly went for the chef's Omakase menu, a tasting menu which changes daily. Some of the table opted not to and they were cool with that. It is by no means a cheap eat, the sushi set menu is $65 per person, plus tax, plus tip, plus drinks you're looking at $100 each.
The tasting menu began with a hot and sour soup which was brilliant. My pictures on the whole are shocking, my picture of the soup is unusable but trust me it was a great start. Next up came a little crab tian, with mango and supposed balsamic tomatoes. There was no hint of balsamic. Regardless, it was nice and fresh, I even enjoyed the mango, and I'm not a fan generally.
Then onto the nigiri selection, this was for 5 people, there was so much! Best of all was predictably the fatty tuna, each had a different topping/garnish and the quality of the fish was excellent. I didn't reach for a piece of ginger once as I wanted to taste each fish.
Next up was one of these boards each, they were maki and they were huge, filled with salmon and tuna tartare and topped with enoki mushrooms, micro herbs and truffle mayo. They were quite difficult to eat, I attempted to cut them up with my chopsticks, things got messy and I was getting full. I left one.
The next course was my favourtite, the sashimi was exquisite. Seared tuna, tuna, salmon, seabass, red snapper and sea bream, all amazing. The dashi broth was cold but the actual best thing in the bowl (possible exaggeration) was the unripe truffled peach. The small green fig looking thing. It was incredible, a little tart and almost olive like in texture.
I didn't have room for dessert, I gave mine to one of my fellow diners who hadn't ordered the tasting menu. We drank a lot of red wine and some cocktails, they have a kimchi martini on the menu, which I avoided, opting for the cucumber one instead. I really liked the place and when I want sushi this is certainly where I'll be heading in future. They also gave us free shots at the end of the night which is common here, yay, and rarely happens in London.
378 Victoria Avenue