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Review of Park Restaurant

Park Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 35 Restaurants in Westmount
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $41
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Japanese
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Description: Opened in 2012, Park Restaurant has quickly become a key player in Montreal’s dining scene. Consistently ranked by Urban Spoon as one of the city’s most talked about restaurants, Park is committed to excellence by offering organic, seasonal and sustainable fare to enjoy for brunch, lunch and dinner. Ouvert en 2012, Restaurant Park est rapidement devenu un joueur clé dans la scène culinaire de Montréal. Constamment classé par Urbanspoon comme l'un des restaurants le plus parlé de la ville, Park est voué a l'excellence en offrant la cuisine bio, de saison et durable de profiter pendant le brunch, le déjeuner et le dîner.
Reviewed January 20, 2013

Not bad just not that great - and very confusing. Do you have sushi or not? The menu board is very hard to understand

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Reviewed August 9, 2012

Park belongs to a recent generation of Japanese restaurants in Montréal (Isakaya and Imadake are other fine examples) that go beyond tried-and-tested recipes. It is probably one, if not two cuts above most Japanese restaurants in the city. The main attraction is the incredibly fresh fish served as sushis or sashimis and presented with imagination and style. Two members of our party chose the omakase menu, where the chef chooses for you. The price for one person was $47. It was worth it. The assortments of sashimis and sushis were simply delicious. We especially enjoyed the torched-salmon sashimi, dressed with teriyaki sauce and maple syrup (a nice Québec touch). The sashimis were served carpaccio-style over an olive oil based dressing. The sushis were served without the perfunctory soya sauce. Having their own seasoning and toppings, soya sauce was simply unnecessary. Then, the perfectly grilled scallop came, with tomato and tofu purée. The third member of our party chose the o-bento, or lunch box, featuring Japanese and Korean-inspired delicacies. The rich taste of the okonomiyaki (Japanese-style omelette) contrasted with the blandness of that dish, as it is too often served in restaurants. The dessert (a refreshing mix of fresh fruit, vanilla biscuit and granola, served over shaved ice) ended a superb meal.

Park is located in Westmount, not far from city centre. The atmosphere inside (on a weekday, at lunchtime) was lively, although the music was a bit loud. Service was friendly, efficient and available in both French and English. (P.S.: Don't mistake Park for the Chinese restaurant next door!)

1  Thank Juris2
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

I was looking forward to trying this new restaurant in Westmount: It’s close to home and the area needs a few more decent restaurants. I had read many great reviews from bloggers & foodies and the chef certainly has a good twitter following which includes a few authority figures from the Montreal food scene.

I went solo, sat at the bar and ordered the “menu degustation”.

The service was good. The ambiance was fun and relaxed.

My expectations were high for the food itself but still, I did not expect to be so disappointed – especially by the sushi: the rice texture, temperature, portions, taste were all off – the fish cut and texture were questionable. The variety of fish served was interesting but the taste was not.

I’ve lived in Japan and have been lucky enough to taste sensational sushi over the years but what I tasted at Park did not come close at all. I seriously question some blogger’s claim that this is where you find the best sushi in Montreal.

I do enjoy Japanese inspired food - Tetsuya’s blew my mind years back for example. And I like Japanese cuisine in general which is usually elegant and tasty regardless of whether you are sitting in a popular Izakaya or a top end Ryokan. Here Park misses the mark completely – nothing Japanese about it.

The rest of the meal was very average, except for the soup which was interesting. The tempura was on the thick and soggy side and the Cerf de Boileau didn’t really fit in.

I walked in to the restaurant so excited and psyched and left so disappointed.

I simply don’t get this place and the hype around it.

I will not return.

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3  Thank Eric168
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

This part of town has always been short of good tables and Montreal in general does not have many places with very good fish compared to overall quality of its restaurants....

Park will bring a strong contribution to both....

We tried the tasting menu which I won't tell you much about as it changes all the time anyway... but everything was wonderful...

But the sushis .... I'm salivating just thinking about them... First the fish is really fresh... you see the guys starting the preparation from the entire fish ... Second, there are no mayonnaise style sushis involved... only super fish on rice ... 3rd, the type of fish is very original and we tried many I had never even heard about before. and 4th, each type of sushi is served with a personal touch that matches perfectly the fish itself...

Service is nice and the chef is rightfully very proud of the quality of his fish: he came to explain to us how fresh the fish was and that he is doing his own importing to get such a variety of products. Each bite was pure pleasure...

The wine list could get a little bit more attention but the restaurant also just opened

I'll say no more... Go ! Quick ! oh and call ahead for a reservation cause it looks like the word is getting out there really fast

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1  Thank BlueTrain
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

Park Restaurant, right in the heart of the Victoria Village in lower Westmount opened not long ago and, already, reservations are hard to get. The menu is a modern approach to fine Asian-style cusine with subtle and modern flair. Food is beautifully prepared, flavours are subtle and fresh, textures are perfect. It is sparsely furnished with unfinished ceiling and and open kitchen. The clientele last Friday evening was upscale and young. We had the edamame (very nice), the yam noodles with chicken was wonderful (the noodles had a satisfying crunch) and the sashimi was fresh with yellow tail, wild New Zealand salmon and sea bass. The flavouring was more subtle than traditional soy and wasabi. The staff are young and attentive and pleasant and enthusiastic. All in all, a great dinner.

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1  Thank Mark G
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