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Montreal’s Toroli: Come for fine Japanese dining, Stay for the Service

I had heard much about Toroli in Montréal. So, I decided, it was about time that I checked it out. However, in my first attempt, I thought that I must have the wrong address. I saw what appeared to be someone’s residence. I decided to re-check the address when I commuted back to Ottawa.

Sure enough, I had the right address. This time I made a formal reservation. When I returned to Montreal, I then found out what the fuss was all about.

When you enter Toroli, it is like stepping right into a dining room of a fine Chef’s restaurant. Takashi Sakurai is the Executive Chef and owner.

I quickly found out that Executive Chef Sakurai’s restaurant is the place to go whether you are going on a date, or are seeking an upscale but unpretentious restaurant for Japanese dining.

I found it awesome to be sitting so close to the chef, who you can actually speak to from your seat and watch him bring prepare all of your food.

The server at Toroli was also thoroughly knowledgeable about the food, and in the process supported an overall very warm and inviting ambience.

I opted for the seafood gratin. This great dish included scallops, shrimp, salmon in miso sauce, and was served over ratatouille.

Executive Chef Sakurai is definitely an ace at sharp plate presentation.

Toroli is also known for its delicious vanilla crème brûlée topped with chopped fruit, and a thyme branch. Come to Toroli also for the rolled sesame cake filled with bean paste, that is also garnished with cut fruit – and a thyme branch – and is presented in four slices on a rectangular plate. You can also expect to get a cake which is deliciously simple.

Are you seeking someplace off the beaten path? Consider a reservation at Toroli at the heart of the Plateau ,for a Japanese fine dining experience.


421 Marie-Anne St. E. (near Rivard St.)

Phone: 514-289-9292


Licensed: Yes

Credit cards: All major

Wheelchair access: No

Reservations: Recommended

Parking: Difficult on surrounding streets

Vegetarian friendly: Yes (call in advance for vegetarian menu)


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