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Mikado sushis: The chic and delectable sushi experience
Since its opening, Mikado has quickly become a reference in Japanese cuisine and a true staple in Montreal. With three locations on the island, Mikado offers some of the best sushi in the city, with a touch of Vietnamese inspiration.
The very first Mikado opened in 1988 on Saint-Denis Street. The owner was Kimio Nguyen, a Vietnamese-born chef. At the time, the restaurant had only 80 seats and two employees to take care of the whole restaurant. Kimio was the very first non-Japanese to open a sushi establishment in the city. Kimio opened his restaurant out of his passion and love for cooking, which he has always practiced. Eventually, the restaurant grew in size and popularity and opened two new locations on the island; on Laurier Street in 1989 and on Monkland Street in the early 2000s. Today, the first Mikado belongs to Kimio’s brother, but he can be seen in his establishment on Laurier Street, which he still owns.
Laurier’s Mikado is a chic and inviting restaurant. Mikado is an honorary title worn by some Japanese emperors and the elegance of the name is reflected in the decor of the place, which is simple and uncluttered. The 120-seat location is divided into two sections, one leading to the restaurant’s main dining room and the other leading to a section with large windows that are open during the summer months. We owe the atmosphere of Mikado to the designer Jean-Pierre Viau, who also designed the other locations as well. The interior evokes Japanese culture and is rich in wood accents. The location is large and open, making it feel very comfortable even when the restaurant is full. During the day, the Mikado at Laurier is awash in natural light.
The menu at Mikado is designed by the owner, Kimio, and includes classics such as delicious sashimi, sushi and maki, but also Americanized creations such as the California roll. The address is also part of our list of the best sushi in Montreal. Personally, we love the royal tuna dish. The Miss Saigon, an off-menu dish, is highly recommended and pays tribute to the Vietnamese culture of the chef. Among our favourites are the Temp-temp roll, the Happy roll, the Paradise, and the Lona roll. In any case, it is difficult to make a bad choice at Mikado. The restaurant’s menu changes minimally, although sometimes new additions are added. A meal at Mikado will cost you about $50 per person before alcohol. Note that the menu also includes lunch options. Mikado has a varied alcohol list of wines, cocktails, sakes and champagnes, in addition to offering classic cocktails. Note that Mikado also offers a catering service.
With its history and its menu, Mikado has become a sure reference for a delicious Japanese meal. We appreciate the quality of the food, as well as the preparation and presentation. It is a great place to come and enjoy some of the best sushi in town.
Written by Sophie Monkman