Canada’s First FUGU Restaurant… in MONTREAL

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April 1, 2014

in Food, Sud-Ouest

In the winter of 2002 I was invited by a friend to dine at one of Montreal’s finest Japanese restaurants at that time, Soto, in Old Montreal. My friend said that her mom’s good friend (who was a famous chef from Japan) was invited to host a private dinner and that he was the featured chef for one night only. That three-hour meal was by far one of the most memorable meals I’ve had in my life, and to this day I will always remember the raw fish carpaccio with Iranian caviar that was presented with an acidulated sea urchin broth poured table side that was topped with foie gras flakes with freshly grated wasabi. We kept in touch off and on since then and his publicist reached out and surprised me with an email last month with news that he was opening a restaurant in Canada… more specifically Montreal!

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Holding the one of the handfuls of licenses and certifications in North America to buy, import and serve fugu, this 料理の鉄人 informed me that he’s bringing a restaurant to one of the trendiest neighbourhoods of Montreal showcasing blowfish AKA fugu. This deadly delicacy is responsible for about 100 fatalities per year if the fish isn’t handled or butchered properly; tetrodotoxin poisons located in the liver and other organs is 12 times stronger than cyanide and there is no known antidote readily available.


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Recently a prominent chef and restauranteur in Griffintown posted a picture to his Facebook page of a vacant store front that was for rent and seems like it wasn’t on the market for too long as the former signage has been already taken down and windows papered up. Rumours are swirling that the “Flay Slayer” is going upscale izakaya specializing in horumonyaki and fugu.

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Interior will feature imported Japanese redwood, a handmade 50-foot taiko drum from Kyoto, a 2500 gallon live fugu tank, as well as an in-house microbrewery of chef’s own private label beer.

This story is developing… stay tuned for more details!



April 1, 2014 (11:58am EST) – “Extensive” renovations are expected soon after the provincial elections which will include a decor with accents and highlights predominately in red or blue – depending on the outcome of the elected governing party.
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