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Too Much Sushi @ Kanda

Posted by Kim / June 25, 2008

20080625_kanda11.jpgOften voted Best Japanese, Kanda is one of those places I had to try. How can an all-you-can-eat sushi place be the best, especially considering such a previous bad experience? Well, while it isn't the best, it certainly does do the job. The all-you-can-eat menu, especially if you go for the $19.99 menu (Sunday - Thursday), is worth the money, and does give you some pretty tasty sushi. Perhaps too much so.

Kanda will charge you $1.00 for every piece of wasted sushi. I came periously close to paying a fortune because we ordered too much. That's a good sign though - the food was that good!

20080625_kanda12.jpgWe started the meal with dignity, ordering the salad. Full of a variety of fresh greens, along with a shrimp or two, and topped with a healthy serving of salty-sweet dressing, the salad was light and crispy. It was a great way to open our palettes for the meal to come.

And what a meal it was. The problem with ordering a normal amount of food there seems to be their inconsistencies. What constitutes an a full order the first time will be an entirely different size the next time. Or, food you order the first time doesn't come, but then in the second or third order, the amount has suddenly doubled. This problem aside, our meal was filled with interesting plates, tastes and textures.
20080625_kanda6.jpgThe sushi rolls were okay, my favourite being a deepfried roll with a satisfying, doughy exterieur.
20080625_kanda14.jpgThe other rolls were pretty mediochre, as good as you would get at any run-of-the-mill sushi shop.
20080625_kanda10.jpgThe bbq eel was fantastic, not too sweet and just the perfect texture. The omelet maki was not quite as good, being a little too sweet and almost rubbery.
20080625_kanda2.jpgUnfortunately, the octopus was also fairly chewy, and didn't come close to making the cut when it came time for the second order. The flying fish caviar, however, did, packed with awesome saltiness.
20080625_kanda4.jpgThe sashimi was very nice, the salmon smooth and silky, the red snapper brightly flavourful, and the surf clam just faintly chewy.
20080625_kanda15.jpgWe ordered a nice selection of non-sushi items as well. The Japanese dumplings were great, served hot and properly cooked, stuffed full with flavour. They came with deepfried scallops, which were also really nicely cooked, not overdone in the least. Also deepfried, the oysters were great, sweet and juicy.
20080625_kanda9.jpgOn the other hand, the salmon terriyki was slightly overcooked, with a bit too much sauce...perhaps to comepnsate for the dryness of the fish? The sushi pizza was interesting, but a little bland. The shrimp tempura was lightly battered and fried, and quite well done.
20080625_kanda8.jpgOverall, Kanda is not a place I would go on full-price night (weekend meals will cost you $26), but for $20 and if you're a big group of people, you definitely get your money's worth. The food is mostly good, the service fast, and the atmosphere fun.

2045 rue Bishop
(514) 845-8868



Jenny / June 25, 2008 at 12:40 pm
The key at Kanda is not to over-order. It IS an all-you-can-eat, so order some stuff, try it out... then order again! I think many people don't realize they can actually do this. Then you don't have to pay extra for uneaten pieces.

ORRRR you can always sneak your Tupperware in. ;)

I still think it's amazing.
kim / June 25, 2008 at 01:08 pm
That 2nd ordering is what caught me when I went! I ordered the same thing twice - but when it arrived the second time, it was three times the size!

Oh, how I wished for Tupperware.
S / June 25, 2008 at 03:59 pm
the weird thing about Kanda is the no-miso soup on the all you can eat menu would cost them pennies, fill people up a bit with salty liquid (thereby actually SAVING them money), and increase satisfication...

it's like Basha at the corner of University and Sherbrooke...they have this giant sign that says NO REFILLS in a really authoriatrian way...were people sneaking so much soda that you thought it would be a good idea to scare everyone into submission?
s / June 25, 2008 at 04:00 pm
satisfication, of course, is how really, really smart people say "satisfaction".
vinh / July 11, 2008 at 09:51 pm
actually, miso soup is included at night...
Sinoun / September 11, 2008 at 06:38 pm
Kanda is all about location! I was actually quite disappointed by the one on Bishop (I dunno, maybe it was just a bad day/time), but I find the one on Queen Mary to be VERY good, especially on Sundays.
Ali / October 26, 2008 at 09:45 pm
Been there friday night. I don't really know what to think... The food texture was really mushy.. It seems like people don't know how to properly roll makis. As of flavor, it was not a taste explosion (just like I expect anytime i have sushi). However, the raw salmon cut was a delight. We also ordered a bunch of non sushi item. The Teriyaki Chicken and salmon was overcooked; the udong was tasty and the sushi pizza was, imo, "special" (some deep fried dough topped with some pink stuff).

props: large asahi beer bottles + raw salmon
slops: sushi pizza
nat / April 30, 2009 at 03:11 pm
omg beest sushis ever kanda is MY place.
akumaxkami / June 26, 2009 at 04:22 am
I've never had any problems with Kanda and I've been to all the Montreal locations.

The service is prompt and friendly usually, and I've never been disappointed by the food.
Maria / February 21, 2011 at 12:18 am
The food is ok. But the service, is terrible. I don't particularly like waters to ignore me, only to throw the plates on my table when they remember my order.
MTL / February 27, 2011 at 04:10 pm
nvr had a problem with the kanda on queen mary, everything i had there was awesome even the sushi pizza, fresh salmon, would maybe agree on the waiters being a lil too pre-occupied sometimes, i would give it 8.5/10 :)
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