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Jun 16, 2009 01:42 PM

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,


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  1. 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.

    1. Hiya, this question comes up every once in a while and from what I recall, there aren't a huge number of options unfortunately, but you might want to check out this thread:

      Favourite Japanese?

      1. 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

        1. 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
          (514) 844-9292

          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
          5666 rue Sherbrooke st Est.

          3 Replies
          1. re: Alyson777

            Are you sure you're not confusing sukiyaki (Japanese steamboat) and teppanyaki (Japanese steakhouse)?

            Toyo and Benihana are teppanyaki places. Although if they do have sukiyaki at Toyo, I'd love to hear more about it.

            1. re: SnackHappy

              Yeah I meant Teppanyaki... I have not seen Sukiaki at Toyo... I think I have seen at MIkassa on Peel though. They have numerous locations.

              1. re: Alyson777

                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.

          2. Sakura Garden has quite a few items that are not fish & seasoned rice.