Avocado Sushi du Village
270 Lakeshore Drive/Ave.des Lourdes
Chef Hats: 4
Cost: $ 66.78 (tax, tip included)
Some places leave lasting impressions and Avocado Sushi du Village in the Pointe Claire Village does more than that. Avocado for those who are curious opened in fall 2012. It was started by two women and long time friends, Dominque St Laurent and Sylvie Longtin, who wanted a place of their own to call home. Longtin, as some may know used to be the sushi chef at the Willows Inn. I remember hearing rumors a while back way before the Willows closed that the sushi at The Willows Inn was outstanding and a visit just for brunch to have just the sushi was in order. My friends from downtown would trek to Hudson just to go for brunch just to sample the sushi. We can thank Longtin for this; she was already making a name for herself.
I had only heard of Avocado Sushi last fall when a colleague of mine Miss Kam, mentioned she loved their lunch specials and went there often. I placed it on my bucket list for the next time we were in the mood for sushi and did not want to travel far.
Five years have gone by since their opening and it has become a popular place with the locals since then. Set in a cute little house on Lakeshore road in Pointe Claire between Cartier and Ave Lourdes, it is a little gem. The interior is small but quaint and very cozy. The décor is soothing, the interior layout which has been totally renovated is not only functional but fun. Nicely decorated in hues of serenity white and grey green, it incorporates Nantucket style décor with themes of the sea, nature and flowers. At the bar and sushi counter you will find baskets of avocados, bouquets of fresh herbs and lit lanterns evoking an indoor garden theme. Mason jars filled with sand and candles line the counter flickering as the night descends. The flower arrangements are stunning, beautiful arrangements of phalenopsises are scattered her and there and used to decorate plates.
We found out later that they are brought in weekly by Westmount Florist down the street. At peak hours and on weekends it is hard to get a table. Avocado is always filled with patrons from different parts of the West Island and afar. How it has remained a secret for those East of the St John Boulevard eludes me.
This evening after six months of contemplating a pit stop to the neighborhood and Avocado, we walked in for a bite and luckily found the last two seats at the sushi counter and bar. My sides kick Brains; an avid sushi aficionado had come with me. After quickly scanning the menu we decided to go with two sushi’s Apero for $ 18.00, which came recommended as first time patrons. I also ordered an entrée of Tuna Carpaccio for $ 12.00 which I could not resist and jasmine tea for two for $ 2.50. We were served our tea quickly and the brought two Japanese salads and two miso soups which were included with the Apero dish we had chosen.
The only issue was we had no utensils and it took a while to flag down the waitress to get some. She profusely apologized but made it up later by being super attentive and coming to make sure we were comfortable every ten minutes and enlighten us with her stories of restaurant and how it came to be.
The salad was a generous portion of mixed greens with Wafu dressing and sprinkles of black sesame seeds. Brains loved the miso soup, packed with flavors and garnished with green onions, it was perfect, and the best she has had in a while. I loved the salad and the dressing, I was craving greens and this was simple and perfect.
Our entrée of Tuna Carpaccio followed next. Six slices of lightly seared Tuna with wasabi sauce, garnished with swirls of red beets. I enjoyed this dish immensely. The tuna was fresh and perfectly seared. The wasabi sauce had a kick but was not overpowering. The beet swirls were refreshing and a great palate cleanser.
We also liked the Apero dish, which had 8 pieces of sushi 6 makes and 2 nigri. These came topped with their specialty tartar of salmon and tuna, which is a must here. We found the sushi to be very fresh and Brains can vouch for that. The quality and freshness is optimal and everything is very good.
As we ate we watched the amazing sushi platters being created before us for other patrons. The one I liked the most was the tartar served in a martini glass. How ingenious and creative I thought.
We also discovered that they have Special Martini Thursday which are very popular and attract a big crowd for Happy Hour so much that reservations are required.
They also have a few tables outside in summer, if you want to dine alfresco. Avocado also has take out service and they cater for events.
Avocado merits a definite return. I just loved the overall feel of the place. I loved the vibe, the décor and the food and found the prices to be very reasonable. A definite recommendation for all sushi lovers.