Unique Sushi in the South West – Sushi Taxi

Sushi Taxi Montreal

April 30, 2014

in Food, Reviews, Sud-Ouest

I was invited a while back to check out this spot in St. Heri called Sushi Taxi. I was kind of excited – there’s this little known region in Japan called “yellow-caburu” renown for their delicate take on sushi and nigiri that has yet to make a mark on the world’s stage and I was pumped that it found its way to Montreal. Welcomed by our hostess, I asked her if in fact that the sushi served here was the kind from mysterious prefecture; unfortunately not, however, Sushi Taxi is Quebec’s own sushi chain that’s offering customers their own unique spin on the traditional Japanese classic.

What started out as a labour of love, founder Christian Genest discovered his passion for sushi after a trip to the west coast which planted the sushi seed at the beginning of his 14 year endeavour. Filling the sushi void in his Montcalm neighbourhood of Quebec City, he found himself owning, operating his own sushi delivery service out of his one bedroom apartment – which later became a valid brick and mortar on Cartier street and now a flourishing 15 location enterprise.

sushitaxi-8We started with the appetizer sampler – a mix of their five top starters: salmon tartar served with fried won ton chips, “guac-amore” – salmon tartar and sour cream on top of a fried guacamole fritter, “sushi pizza” – a fried rice cake, topped with salmon tataki, smoked salmon mousse and drizzled with honey as well as their signature “taxi calamaries.”


sushitaxiThe “sushi pizza” seems to be on a lot of menus which sees the similar presentation of a flattened fried rice cake with toppings – I am glad that the literal interpretation of pizza ended there. Slices of crisp granny smooth apples garnished the slice of rice and fish which added a tart sting that cut through the thickness of the bite.

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The calarmi was advertised as, “You’ve never truly tastes calamaries if you haven’t tried these.” Flash-fried and dusted with sesame and shichimi, the squid was tender and smokey (mainly due to the chili powder). They were tasty; with the exclusion of batter to weigh down the already delicate flavour of squid, the intrusive heat (which was extinguished by the mayo-unagi sauce) did however did take away somewhat from the overall taste of the calamari.

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We were presented with the “shogun” platter for two. A collection of their makis of the moment, this plate was a combination of four rolls and two sashimi. With rolls that feature seasonal vegetables (and fruit… I’m not a fan) what became very evident was that the direction Sushi Taxi was taking was veering drastically off the traditional and classic and paving their own road toward the creative and unique renditions of sushi; which I call “sushi”.

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They had rolls that were garnished with fried shallots and mandarin oranges, some that saw a combination of lobster and mango and others walnut and basil. The combinations of flavours in some maki were interesting to say the least while others were questionable. The products are said to be sourced locally and the seafood that Sushi Taxi uses company wide are caught through sustainable practices via socially responsible companies.

Is Sushi Taxi the place that you’re going to get a 12 course omakase tasting menu featuring line-caught trumpet fish from southern Japan or organic wild salmon, probably not, but are you tired of the done and done sushi offerings your run of the mill makiria churns out and want to try something completely out of the ordinary to revitalize your palate for “sushi”? You’re not going to get the most authentic sushi experience at Sushi Taxi, and that’s ok, because that’s not what they’re all about – I would say it’s uniquely Quebec. This place is ideal for people who like the idea of sushi; not “Japanese” sushi per se, but the concept in general. Sushi Taxi is also a great gateway into the sushi experience – those who might be weary of the idea of eating raw fish – bring your one friend that is apprehensive about anything sushi, the worst thing that can happen is that they’ll like it. The atmosphere is casual and fun; perfectly reflecting the ideology of the place. Using fresh ingredients while fostering creativity is commendable in any type of cuisine.

Sushi Taxi
(514) 564-3434
1744 Notre-Dame St W
https://www.sushitaxi.net/
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mochi May 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm

>there’s this little known region in Japan called “yellow-caburu”

What is this??

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Jason May 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

It’s called a joke.

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mochi May 1, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I don’t get the joke at all.

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