February 6, 2014 — Offering much more than sushi, Japanese restaurants have been popping up on Montréal's thriving culinary scene and causing quite a stir among foodies. In need of fresh Japanese fare in Montréal? These three restaurants are sure to satisfy your cravings.
The boisterous Imadake is an izakaya (Japanese pub) where appetizer-size dishes are served one at a time and shared. Home to Montréal's famous "sake bomb", Imadake is known as much for its party ambiance as for its gastronomic flair. The environmentally-conscious can rest assured; the restaurant uses mostly organic and sustainable products in its kitchen. Signature dish: Miso Gindara, black cod marinated in a sensuous slurry of miso, sake and ginger, then grilled to a caramelized perfection.
Shabu Shabu Kagayaki
The Shabu Shabu, or Japanese fondue, now has its own restaurant in Montréal. At Shabu Shabu Kagayaki in Chinatown, patrons cook their own lunch or dinner in a pot of steaming hot broth—a fun way to enjoy a meal at your own pace with a group of friends. Their signature dish: the fondue, of course. Choose the broth of your liking (the spicy one will add some zing!) and then mix and match vegetable, meat and seafood platters.
Kyo Bar japonais
Housed in the chic Place d'Armes Hotel in Old Montréal, Kyo Bar japonais is a Japanese brasserie offering what it bills as "refined Japanese comfort food". Their specialties include okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake topped with delicious seafood. Whether you're sitting at the bar or wiling the night away at a long communal table, make sure to taste sake from their extensive list or one of their signature cocktails. Mix in tasteful design and an upbeat atmosphere, and voilà: Kyo!