Ah, sushi. Every once in awhile, I like to indulge in good, quality sushi. To hell with my small, next to non existent budget! I was craving good sushi, and so I went forth with my month-long craving to find new and exciting sushi in Montreal. Well, what I found wasn’t new but rather a quiet, resident sushi king ruling over he upper plateau. Located on my favorite street in Montreal (1650 Laurier, ten minute walk from Laurier metro), Tri-Express is mon nouveau coup de coeur sushi. Huddled in a corner by the window in the cramped, but beautifully decorated space, my three dining companions and I explored the menu, which is creative, interesting and extensive. I had the miso soup to start, such a comfort food for me and this one did not disappoint.
I also ordered the green tea, which was devine. As for the sushi, I went for Le Vege Maki (steamed lettuce, mushrooms, cucumber, avocado, asparagus, japanese vegetables), and Le Makki De Bouddah (marinated tofu, cucumber, steamed lettuce).
Now, you tell me: have you ever seen prettier, more delicate sushi? I know I haven’t. I cannot tell you how utterly delicious these were. Le Makki de Bouddah tasted like heaven, literally. Soft but spicy little bites of heaven. I preferred them to Le Vege Makki, but not by much. Imagine eating a little bite-size forrest full of flavor and color: you’re about half way to what it is to feast on the best vegetarian sushi in Montreal. And my companions? Omnivores, they opted for Le St-Jospeh (such cute mini hommages to our city) and other tempura-ladden options which also got delightful reviews.
All in all, probably one of the best meals I’ve had in awhile. My quest for good vegetarian sushi is over. Tri-Express is all I’ll ever need. In my excitement to gush over the food, I almost forgot to talk about the service. Friendly, but a little slow, especially considering the amount of people in the restaurant at three in the afternoon (0). Other than that, perfect. beautiful. delicious.
Price: $$$-$$$$. Worth every penny.
Overall: 8.5-9/10. Will come back. Again. and again. and again.