October 27, 2012

Tokyo Sushi Bar in Old Montreal

Tokyo Sushi Bar in Old Montreal is a go-to place for local office workers and residents.  The sushi, while not mind blowing, is acceptable, as are the service, atmosphere, and prices.

What's on the menu?

In addition to single fish sushi and sashimi, there are plenty of rolls for people who like their fish dressed up.  Combination plates, such as the Sushi Edo plate of 9 pieces of maki and 6 pieces of nigiri for $20.75, are a good deal.  Portions are generous, especially the salmon sashimi.

The rest of the menu is a bit hit and miss.  While the seaweed salad is quite tasty, I am not as big a fan of the tempura, which could be more lightly breaded and less greasy, or the à la carte plates that come with too many mediocre stir-fried vegetables.  All but the hungriest of people will find the table d'hôte and complete dinner options to be too much food.  In general, I'd advise sticking with the sushi and sashimi.

Service and ambience

The people who run Tokyo Sushi Bar in Old Montreal care about their clientele, and the service is generally efficient.  The ambience is neutral, but the seating area does include a high ceiling that helps to add a sense of spaciousness without making the space seem cold.

While the atmosphere in the main dining room is alright, the toilet facilities downstairs unfortunately give the customer too much of a look at the less than attractive back space.  When I saw it last, the space needed some straightening up and a good cleaning.

The customer base is casual.  It's mostly local with a few tourists mixed in, instead of the other way around as is often the case along St. Paul.

Bottom line

If you are looking for a spontaneous evening out and have a hankering for sushi, Tokyo Sushi Bar in Old Montreal is a good choice.

Tokyo Sushi Bar
185 St. Paul West
Metro: Place d'Armes
Parking: Street

Dress: Casual

Price: Allow $30 - 35 per person, including tax and tip.  Less expensive and more expensive options are available, depending on how much you want to eat.

Highlights: Sushi Edo combination plate, salmon sashimi, and seaweed salad.

Don't confuse Tokyo Sushi Bar in Old Montreal with another restaurant in Montreal called Tokyo Sushi that is located on Sainte Catherine West.

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