The non-sushi Japanese food scene
I'm seeking all your intelligence on Montreal Japanese food of the non-sushi persuasion. High-end or low-end doesn't matter, though low-end is more my style. I'll take anything you've got. Point me towards some good donburi, yakitori, sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, tonkatsu.... Whatever you want. Just as long as it's Japanese and doesn't involve fish and seasoned rice.
I'm very curious about Japanese food and I want to try everything this town has to offer. Help me by contributing to this thread and creating a resource all of us can use in the future.
Thanks in advance,
Azuma in Mile End reportedly has some donburi and other non sushi dishes and I've been meaning to try them. I think they had some good reviews here and there. Sorry this was all I can come up with.
My favorite is Osaka on Bleury right below Sherbrooke. The service is slow because there are only 1 cook, one sushi chef and one waiter. I typically go as they open and get my meal done in an hour.
They have most non sushi appetizers I know and they have everything you mention except for tonkatsu which was recently removed (swine flu ?).
The shabu shabus are made for 2 people so tell me if you want to team up :)
2137 rue de Bleury, Montréal - (514) 849-3438
For Sukiyaki I go to Toyo on Mountain st Downtown. I love watching them cook in front of you..
Restaurant Toyo Grillade
2155 Rue De La Montagne
Montreal, QC 0
I also really enjoy Shabu Shabu at Hanashima in Chinatown for some Japanese hot pot.
75 De La Gauchetière corner St-Urbain, H2Z 1C2
They also have a Beni hana http://www.benihanamontreal.com/
5666 rue Sherbrooke st Est.
I was less than impressed with the food at Mikasa - perhaps it's improved since my visit, but I don't plan on returning. I found it quite ordinary, certainly not of the quality you'd expect for the prices they're charging, and the service was atrocious. There are many better places for that sort of food.