Friday, March 8, 2013
It's nice to have friends that invite you to restaurants :) This friend had bought a coupon that included one shared salad, and our choice of [shared] appetizer plus plenty of [shared] sushi and a [shared] desert. This place is in Westmount on Sherbrooke (métro Vendôme) and is in somewhat of a basement so we almost passed right by it. It's a normal looking place, nothing fancy, far from it, but cute and red... lots of red. It also has a take-out counter, which is always essential when it comes to sushi.
We were both starving when we got there. We looked at the menu and took a while to decide between really great sounding choices. It all sounded so good! We decided on the lobster, shrimp tempura and crab 'signature dish' served in a wonderful filo cup. Man, I could have eaten 10 of those! I described it as being 'TOO good'... the mix of seafood (actual lobster claws!), nice little mayo based sauce, lettuce and radish sprouts was amazing. All in all a great dish. Then we had the Yu Mi salad: lobster, snow crab, shrimp, seasonal greens and a selection of fresh tropical fruit with sweet potato tempura and seaweed. This, again, was damn good. DAMN good! The presentation was great too, with little flowers adorning the plate.It was so colorfoul! It had a nice dressing with sesame and soya and again, the lobster was just... just... GREAT! Can you tell I love lobster?
Then, we had the sushi. It was so pretty! There were about 25 pieces on a rectangular plate. We ordered the salmon extrava (caviar, tempura, asparagus, enoki, cucumber, and chive), the warm shrimp, tuna and mango (shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, avocado, mango and enoki), the salmon, asparagus and mandarin (salmon, asparagus, chive, mandarin, cucumber, omelet and creamy sauce), eel and avocado (grilled eel, crab mix, avocado and chive) and the crab and caviar( soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber, radish and spicy sauce). On top of that, we had some avocado hosomakis. De-DAMN-licious! It wasn't your run of the mill sushi: it had enoki mushrooms sticking out and asparagus! Who knew asparagus would be good in sushi? I surely didn't. They were all scrumptious! I loved the fact that one of them had mandarine in there and I really liked the warm shrimp one. They were really original I found and I loves me some sushi so this was a great GREAT culinary experience. I must also say that I'm not really an eel-loving girl but I loved the eel in the roll.
The desert was really nothing special, compared to the meal we'd just had. We shared a piece of cheesecake. The tea that came with the desert was very fancy though. I can't really explain it but the bag was kind of opened with a stick going through it and resting in the cup. It seemed fancy anyway!
The service was ok. I mean for a while there we were the only clients there (until the next table became full and one of them started crying?!?!). The waitress explained us the menu and the choices we made. Then we bought a bottle of wine and she had trouble opening it. But then again, she must not open many wine bottles. She was nice and smiley, which, as I've mentioned before, is always nice!
And now, the scores!
This is such a great place and not many people seem to know about its existence. If you'd like to eat original sushi, go there!