I feel like sushi and hockey is the new pizza and hockey. So, last Thursday when two buddies and I got together to watch the Habs on the opening night of the NHL season (I can’t for the life of me understand why the NHL only schedules 3 games for opening night and doesn’t make a bigger deal out of it, but anyway…) sushi from Ginger was on the menu. My buddy that placed the order tends to exaggerate, so we had a lot of sushi.
The game was horrible, but let’s not dwell on that. How was the sushi? Like every time that I have had Ginger, whether it be takeout or in the zen cream coloured leather clad dining room (which inevitably ends up decidedly “un-zen” once a few sake bombs have made the rounds at my table), it was top notch. It goes without saying that freshness is of paramount importance when you’re dealing with sushi. Ginger gets it right. I’m not sure how they manage to bring in such fresh fish, but I’m grateful that they do. And they put it to good use. The rolls are creative, they don’t skimp on size or the quantity of fish in each and, importantly, they are always neat and tidy. One of my biggest pet peeves is sloppy sushi rolls, that’s never been an issue for me at Ginger. The sashimi is also exceptional. The tender chunks of salmon and tuna will literally melt in your mouth.
Must have rolls for me are the Tuna Deluxe, Spider (soft shell crab) and Hanso (lobster and shrimp). Each one complements the other, from the salty, crunchy goodness of the Spider to the buttery smoothness of the Tuna Deluxe to the firmness of the Hanso. Ginger is firmly entrenched as my favourite sushi spot in Montreal right now. Don’t hesitate.
Price: About $45 per person (we went a bit overboard and went heavy on the special rolls, prices are generally in line with other good sushi spots in Montreal)
Rating: 3 – It’s good, man.
Ginger – 16 Pine Ave. East (just east of St. Laurent)