With the introduction of sushi to the Western market came the inception of a new style of sushi, known as fusion-style sushi. In contrast to the humbler traditional-style sushi, chefs that make fusion sushi are constantly looking for ways to create bolder and more innovative sushi, often adding ingredients that normally aren't paired with raw fish, such as fruits. Such is the case with Sata sushi, a caucasian-run fusion sushi restaurant in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.
The carousel horse in question:
Remember how I was on a burger roll not too long ago? I seem to be on a sushi roll now. (Sushi roll, hahaha, I'm such a riot). I usually prefer traditional sushi restaurants, where the chefs are cheerful Japanese sushi veteran Masters, but I don't mind venturing into the more funky side of sushiville from time to time. However, there was that one traumatic experience at a certain restaurant, where they put soap bubbles on their soba, which was beyond over-the-top, IMO...
Anyway. So when I found these discount coupons on the internet for Sata sushi, and I figured 'why not'. The place had a pretty decent rating, and the coupons seemed like a good deal, so what had I to lose? Nothing, as it turns out. I know, anticlimactic, but hey, I'm just an anticlimactic sort of person.
Accessibility - Grade: B
It's a 10 minute walk from Joliette metro station, but you have to walk through some residential areas, which may seem a bit sketchy, especially when it's pitch dark outside. Also, there was this really confusing intersection where there were no stop signs or lights to allow the pedestrians to cross, so we basically had to dart across the street when there were no cars, WHICH YOU SHOULD NEVER DO AT HOME, KIDS. Ahem.
Service - Grade: A-
The waitress was very nice and accomodating, taking time to explain the ordering process, the menu and each dish as they came. Her attitude was pleasant despite the fact that we had discount coupons, which was nice. Service did become slow as the restaurant filled up, though.
Food - Grade: B-
Ehhhh. It's not that I don't like fusion sushi, because I do, if it's done right. I just found certain aspects of Sata's sushi a bit lacking.
To give you an idea of what the internet deal consisted of, we basically paid $29 for (apparently) a $72 value, with tax and tip not included in the $29. With it, we had two soups or salads, one specialty dish, one choice of hosomaki (8 pcs), two choices of nigiri (2 pcs/order) or sashimi and four choices of futomaki (5 pcs/order).
We ordered one wakame (seaweed) salad and one seafood miso soup to start.
|Seafood miso soup|
I enjoyed this dish. The top part of the roll had the distinct taste of cooked salmon, but once you bit into it, the sweeter taste of the sashimi came through. The cooked and uncooked salmon also made for a nice textural contrast.
For the hosomaki, we ordered the Sake (salmon). We had one order of spicy scallop sashimi and one order of spicy salmon sashimi. For the futomaki, we got the Neige, Soleil, F1 and the Tango.
|Salmon hosomaki and spicy salmon and spicy scallop sashimi|
|Apple pecan dessert roll|
Price - $$$
If the regular price of what we ate was really around $80, then I would say that this place is way out of the price range for regular students. With the coupon, the price was a reasonable $50 after tax and tip (because you're supposed to tip on the regular price). They do seem to have some combos that are less expensive than ordering a la carte, so if you really feel the need to check this place out, then maybe go for one of those. Otherwise, for the fare they serve, I don't think this place is worth the hassle for students.
Final Grade: B-
I think people who fancy cocktails with their snazzy sushi will like this place. They do serve some pretty interesting rolls, and if they imrpove the quality of their rice, then I could even see myself returning (with a fresh coupon, of course). But until then, I think I will stick to my traditional sushi.
|... I'm on a carousel horse.|
3349 Rue Ontario E., Montreal