I love sushi but sometimes it’s hard to find a good place that has fresh fish on the east coast. I’ve found some great places on the west coast and I had kind of given up in finding a great place in Montreal.
My friend was in the mood for sushi and told me I needed to try Tri Express. Shame on me I had never heard of the place. Located on the Plateau Mont Royal on Laurier close to Papineau the place is pretty cool. The decor is kind of eclectic but all done with a charm in this small location. There is a bar and some tables but it does get pretty crowded.
Menu looked awesome I wouldn’t go as far as saying that the variety of fish is limited but you do have less than some other places. For me it’s no big deal as they have the main ones I like and less of the ”I’ll try it” type.
Talking with my friend I realized that the restaurant belong to chef Tri Du. Having been a fan of L’Altro, Kaizen and Tree House I was really looking forward to try the food. I have never been disappointed in the taste of freshness of those establishments and Kaizen was actually my favorite sushi place until it closed.
Keeping up to his reputation the food was just awesome, I rarely get fish so fresh in Montreal. We started with sashimi of salmon and tuna and that really set the pace. The maki were superb, the spicy salmon and tuna particularly having just the right amount of spicy sauce not to overkill the taste of the fish. I have to say that the lobster maki with avocado, caviar, cucumber, lettuce and slightly tempura had to be one of my favorites. After quite a few rolls we finished with the Batera a mix of filet mignon seafood or fish.
Great experience if you like sushi and maki, make sure to reserve as it’s not a huge place and it’s very popular.
BY SEBASTIEN ROBILLARD