I spent a day off exploring neighbourhoods which were new to me, including the Village. I stopped at Uchi Sushi for an early lunch. I was the first patron in the restaurant so had a chance to take in the restaurant. The decor is lovely and on the formal side, with cracked glass panes and beautiful wood that create a formal yet comfortable atmosphere.
As I was there alone for a small lunch I opted for a 10-piece nigiri platter. A beautiful sushi boat arrived containing ten lovely specimens of sushi: tuna, salmon, snapper, whitefish, mackerel, shrimp, octopus, crab, eel and egg. Unfortunately, the food did not live up to the presentation. The rice was overly sticky and had a strong taste, which negatively impacted each piece. None of the fish was particularly fresh or of the highest quality, which I noted particularly with the texture of the snapper and the flavour of the salmon. The shrimp was extremely overcooked and thus much tougher than it should have been. The octopus had a chewy texture I associate with an inferior serving. The eel was rather bland and desperately in need of some sauce.
Overall, while my eyes were treated my mouth and nose were not. Due to the atmosphere it’s some place to go for people who aren’t used to good sushi, but I would not recommend it to those who are looking for good quality food.
Visited: February 19, 2014
Restaurant Web Site: www.uchimontreal.com/