Last Wednesday marked the opening of a new, exciting venue on St-Laurent blvd : Noa Sushi Lounge. For the occasion, cordon-bleu trained creative director Nacim Louali invited two Japanese chefs : Taketsuna Araki (formerly from Kaizen and Soto) and Koichi (from Kioochi Club Hotel & St-Malo Kasukabe in Tokyo) – flown in from Japan for the occasion – to shake up the new sushi kitchen.
The sushis served presented a mix of traditional techniques and ingredients less common to japanese cuisine, like a beef tartare rolled up in cheese with tomato confit, truffle vinaigrette and pickle. Noa’s sake selection – 16 kinds and counting – picked by sommelier Olivier Paret and the cocktail list, imagined by former Paris Buddha Bar Bartender Fanny, impressed the crowd. The guests, mingling in the minimal-inspired space, whose modular lighting system constantly changes from hot to cool hues, seemed to enjoy Noa’s daring statement, just like the quieter ones, lounging in the euro-zen backyard terrace. Summer just isn’t over yet.
3509 St-Laurent, Montreal (Qc) H2X 2T6
514.903.4431 / www.noasushi.com