The non-sushi Japanese food scene
- SnackHappy Jun 16, 2009 01:42 PM
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
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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.
I reported a while back on a very nice meal at Takara in Cours Mont Royal, where I found the non-sushi items were very enjoyable (The sashimi was very good, the rolls were less to my tastes). Very nice cooked oysters, and an excellent hot pot soup with noodles for the table.
both mentioned here,
Azuma 5263, boul. St-Laurent (just above Fairmount)
Osaka 2137, rue de Bleury (just below Sherbrooke)
are my go-to "authentic" japanese places.
"low end" could mean alot of things... lets' say they aren't wasting money on decor. Azuma is more of a dining room (not too bright, quiet music), whereas Osaka is basically utilitarian (tho clean and well kept).
Woks are not japanese, and I have never heard of or seen this dish... BUT but but but, one of my favorite japanese dishes is a chunk of grilled mackerel. And that is called:
saba yaki (or shio saba yaki)
shio = salt
saba = mackerel
yaki = grilled
Along the same lines, those in the know can order off menu "hamachi kama shio yaki", hamachi kama being yellowtail tuna neck cut, grilled with salt. Yum.
Osaka and Azuma both have these. Enjoy.
Hrmm... well, I don't actually mean in a wok, but I think it's sort of pan-fried, except with a lot more oil. Like when the hot oil is used in a large skillet and spooned over the fish to make the skin crispy? I've had it in Vancouver before but not here, and I can't remember what it's called. Surely somethingsabasomething. I just love mackarel :) I'll have to add Osaka and Azuma to the lengthy todo list.
Tokyo Sushi on Ste-Catherine at St-Mathieu near the Fauburg is new-ish. They are all you can eat sushi BUT their menu also had yakitori, udon, gyoza, tempura and a lot of other things besides sushi. There's a review on Google that says the service was terrible, but when I went it was very good.
Isakaya on Parc offers good home-style japanese food at reasonable prices, in addition to sushi.