Old Montreal has a new sushi restaurant from the people behind notable vegan restaurants Sushi Momo and LOV.
Bloom Sushi opens today in the former location of Portuguese restaurant Taberna — it’s the brainchild of Dominic Bujold (founder of Pizzeria No 900 and LOV) and Christian Manual Ventura (owner of nearly five-year-old Sushi Momo). The restaurant is aiming to serve up maki, and more, loaded with umami flavour, but with none of the seafood.
The menu is certainly serving up some fusion flavours — around 13 different futomaki rolls are available, including an option with sun-dried tomato, umeboshi (pickled plum), and vegan feta; another features heart of palm, green onion, tangy relish-like fukujinzuke, and a spicy-sweet sauce. Bloom is also taking a shot at serving nigiri — usually a rather seafood-centric item, here there’s enoki mushrooms with truffle sauce or “tunato” — nigiri crafted out of fresh tomatoes with a balsamic glaze.
Some izakaya-style options such as tofu agedashi, gyoza, and tempura vegetables round out the options. To drink, expect a selection of kombucha-based cocktails, sake, beer, and more.
The space itself gives off a woodsy and organic vibe (yet still sleek and modern) — designer Jacinthe Piotte (along with interior design firm Provencher Roy) have put together a space that works as a casual izakaya. There’s spacious bar seating,in the front room of the space, with a second room for table seating, complete with a lengthy banquette.
STATUS — Bloom Sushi is open at 368 St-Paul West from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.