Montreal is a haven for hybrid, Franken-foods–your General Tao poutines, your foie gras Double Downs, your octopus hot dogs and so on.
Now Sayuri Sushi, a new sushi "boutique" on the Main, has gone next level stunt food. Brace for sushi burritos.
Principal Claude Say defends his decision to roll a maki burrito-style this way:
I'm the type of guy who's on the go.
"It's because a lot of people are busy. The way I see it is if you're on the bus or driving, soy sauce, ginger and wasabi are not really practical. I'm the type of guy who's on the go and who likes sushi and burritos. So that's where it comes from."
Say, who operates Sayuri with partner Ivan Donato, wants to expand on the sushi burrito concept to include items like roast pork shoulder, duck and other crowd-pleasers.
Next summer the duo plan to open sushi burrito shops close to Concordia and McGill. The item has been a hit with students, alleges Say.
CultMTL editor Lorraine Carpenter offers this take on Sayuri's sushi burritos:
We tried five of the six varieties of sushi burrito, priced between $9.75 and $11: the Sumo (shrimp tempura, crabstick, red cabbage, coconut, cucumber, avocado and tempura, with spicy mayo), the Silky Smooth (maple miso salmon, namasu cucumber, lettuce, asparagus, avocado, tempura and sesame, with wasabi mayo), the Buddha Buddha (spicy Japanese eggplant, Portobello mushroom, tofu, carrot, avocado, kale and lettuce, with roasted garlic tofu mayo). The mayo does what mayo does best: unite the ingredients with juicy goodness, but not too juicy — the quantity seemed just right.