Accessibility - Grade: D
I don't know what to tell you guys. Unless you have a car, this place is pretty hard to get to from Montreal. And even if you live on the South Shore, getting here via public transport is a whole headache of matching up bus schedules and whatnot.
Service - Grade: B
The service is okay. We usually get these two Chinese ladies as our waitresses (even though the owner and chefs are Japanese), and they're pretty nice. Nothing particularly outstanding, though.
Food - Grade: A
|Tempura shrimp and vegetables|
I swear by the beef terriyaki here. Usually, terriyaki meats tend to be dry and overcooked, but you can request the degree you want your beef to be cooked here. We ordered it medium, so we got a thick slab of sliced beef, pink, juicy and tender in the middle and all drowning in terriyaki sauce. It's served with steamed veggies and the fried onions.
|Various maki and sashimi|
The fish here is undeniably fresh. I've ordered a sashimi platter from here, and instead of giving you strips of raw fish, as with other places, they give you juicy, chunky cubes of fish. The chef also knows what types of seasonings go with what types of fish. You'll get the occasional ginger and green onion on the mackarel, and you'll get your salmon wedged between lemon slices, all of which bring out the natural sweetness of the sashimi. The fish is so juicy that it's almost crunchy, and yet once it enters your mouth, it breaks apart easily and seems to melt.
I also really like their salad, which isn't shown here. It's really just regular iceberg lettuce and carrot strips drizzled with Japanese dressing, but their dressing is the best I've had at a Japanese restaurant. It's more tangy than the ones you find at other restaurants, and thus has a more refreshing taste to it.
The first thing I noticed was that the chef didn't use the fake plastic leaves in their presentation. You know you've hit sushi gold when they don't use those fake leaves. The presentation is simple, but still artfully done.
I'm not going to comment on the indivudual rolls, but they all tasted delicious. The rice was perfectly seasoned, and the seaweed broke apart pretty easily when you bit into a roll. All of the ingredients were fresh, and each roll had its own unique combination. Some of the rolls were a bit loose, but not to the point where they fell apart as soon as you poked them, like at some AYCE places.
Other than the set menu stuff, they also have a daily menu on a chalkboard that changes daily, usually with grilled fish and the like that Japanese people like to eat. Keep an eye out for that menu; they tend to have some really interesting items.
Price - $$-$$$
Depending on what you order, things could get a little expensive here. We were six people, and we ordered two shrimp tempura, one vegetable tempura (which we could have done without, since the shrimp came with some vegetables), around 40 pieces of sushi, 15 pieces of sashimi, one katsu curry and one beef terriyaki, and the bill came to $130 before tip. If you were to order sushi combos for one a la carte, prices can range from $20-$30 per combo.
Final Grade: A-
Even though the restaurant is hard to get to for Montrealers, the quality speaks for itself. If you're evern in the South Shore and are craving sushi, give Sushi Yasu a try.
1200 boul Rome, Brossard