If the name sounds familiar, that's because it reminds you of its big brother Tri Express on Laurier. You will find the new restaurant of Vietnamese chef Tri Dư, in the most charming corner in La Petite-Patrie, under a red neon sign that reads "Le P'tit Tri".
First of all, I would like to thank the chef, Tri Du and the owner Thierry-Tri Du-Boisclair, for receiving me so warmly. If the only thing you know about Tri Du’s story is his appearance on "Des kiwis et des hommes", showing off a palourde royale, let me tell you a bit more. He escaped from Vietnam in 1979, with his 13 brothers and sisters, on a stolen military boat. When he arrived to Montreal, homeless and with no money, he began working as a dishwasher and slowly (but surely) made his way up. Over the years, he has captivated the hearts of Montrealers and people from all around the world. (Even Steven Spielberg has enjoyed his delicious meals.) I am thankful and happy for having the opportunity to try his newest addition to a long list of accomplishments!
The name "P'tit Tri" makes so much sense. The menu is small and simple but full of surprises. You can have two choices of a meal to share and trust me, 11 pieces per person are enough. Of course, if you have a bigger appetite, the second option offers 15 pieces per person. It goes without saying that the ingredients are fresh and of the highest quality. #TeamSushi
The place seats maximum 12 people, but there's a "Comptoir à emporter", which is great because the sushis are good and the neighbors know it!
What to eat?
The salade-ceviche de tri, sashimi nouveau style, and PLEASE don't leave without trying the Tartare Hotategai á la Tri (Pétoncle). I could order just that x 3, and be the happiest customer!
When to go?
I went for a 5-7 (yes, I ate non-stop for two hours) and everything was PER-FECT. Personally, it strikes me more as a lunch spot rather than a night spot, but either way you won’t be disappointed.