Written by Jonathan Naccache on 04.02.14

The battles for best sushi in town have been on for ages, but one name always seems to triumph. Many seem to think that Shô-Dan has won the war, and we can see why. Rarely will locals ever contest this claim. The restaurant is beautiful with a mix of modern and a pinch of class. Private rooms are available for groups of 8 to 20 people, which is a very enjoyably experience. Another pleasant experience is the sushi bar, which is a centrepiece at Shô-Dan, making up a whole corner of the restaurant. Having your meal at the bar can be very insightful; the chefs are extremely friendly and informative. Ask them about their creations, how they make it happen, and about any new inventions that may not be on the menu yet. If you’re a chosen one, you might be lucky enough to be a first taster. One thing worth mentioning is that their kitchen is peanut-free, a rarity in Japanese restaurants. If you really want to be blown away, take a look at the ‘’Specialties’’ section of their menu. This is the part where sushi takes on a whole new meaning. Indulging your taste buds with senses they never knew existed comes with a price to pay however, but it’s worth the sensory discovery. These are the chef’s own signature creations. Everything is good at Shô-Dan, it simply depends on your mood and on your sense of curiosity.

Our recommendations, straight from the ”Specialties” section:

Phoenix: Crabsticks, avocado, mango and fried onions rolled in soya paper topped with red tuna.
Mango-Tango: Shrimp tempura, scallops, mango and tobiko rolled in soya paper
Besame Mucho: Spicy tuna, shrimps, avocado and tempura flakes rolled in soya paper
Romeo and Juliet: Dessert roll with shrimp, blueberries, pineapple and strawberries
Mont Blanc: Chocolate, hazelnuts, tempura, served with vanilla ice cream

2020 Metcalfe St, Montreal, QC H3A 1X8
(514) 987-9987

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