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mantisfixed Jan 18, 2011 04:14 PM

I was just walking by this new restaurant "Godzillas" located at 4006, rue Ste-Catherine O. corner Atwater. I later learned that the place will soon be re-named "IMA DAKE", since Sony owns the right to that giant green creature's name!!! I decided to give it a try and was glad I did. I was quickly greeted by a young friendly staff made up of Japanese and Chinese waitress/cooks.

I had the Ebi tempura Ramen in a miso broth. The noodles were perfect, tender yet still carrying the rich flavor of the broth. The latter was obviously made with pork bones as it should be, slow cooked to a rich milky brew. I took the miso base, but one could also chose the soya base. It was served with a whole pickled (hard boiled) egg sliced in two, some chinese greens (yu choy) and grilled oyster mushrooms. On the side, four shrimps tempura also came with my order. They were fried in a light batter; very crispy and non-greasy at all.

I was in a hurry, so was unable to stay longer to sample anything else.
I will go back and bring my camera so I could post some photos for everyone...

some other features on the menu:

Okonomiyake (like a seafood pancake)
Tako Yake (Octopus fried in a batter in a ball shape)
Yaki Tori (Chicken grilled on skewer)
Gindara Saikyo Yaki (grilled black cod with miso)
Tori no Karaage (Japnese style fried chichen)
and more...

also, different choices of Ramen:
with grilled beef
char sui (roasted pork)
tempura
black cod
and more

Check it out guy...

Back Soon

Gotta go now

Godzillas (soon to be renamed "Ima Dake")
4006, rue Ste-Catherine O. corner Atwater

***This is my first posting... Hope I did ok by the CHOW HOUND etiquette...
{note: Being new at this, I had mistakenly posted this same review at another location on the site. my apologies....}

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    jay_81k RE: mantisfixed Jan 19, 2011 08:59 AM

    Was waiting for a review on this place, thanks! It's very close to where I live so I will be trying it probably today and will be back with my thoughts on it.

    1. porker RE: mantisfixed Jan 19, 2011 09:36 AM

      yeah, but do they serve booze?

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        a.ok RE: porker Jan 19, 2011 04:56 PM

        Yes they do serve booze. They just got their liquor license.

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        Kinyo RE: mantisfixed Jan 19, 2011 09:43 AM

        And what about the prize?

        Expensive or not?

        Thanks

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          wattacetti RE: mantisfixed Jan 19, 2011 10:04 AM

          Snackhappy mentioned this place a few months ago, and didn't sound convinced at the time. I'm still not but I'll live vicariously through the rest of you.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4797...

          Their website indicates booze, and apart from a market price ramen, the most expensive item is a dessert going for $15.

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            unlaced RE: a.ok Jan 19, 2011 05:32 PM

            Is their menu different to what is posted on their website? Their website clearly lists
            Symphony Desserts $15
            http://imadake.ca/menu/
            I guess it is a dessert designed to be shared, so it is not overly expensive, but still.

            If you could clarify if the real menu is different from the website's, that would be very helpful.

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            Fintastic RE: mantisfixed Jan 19, 2011 02:59 PM

            I will keep this short. I really want to like Godzilla's in a lot of ways... I think they did a lot of creative things with the interior in a very inexpensive manner. It has the potential to be good food, as well.

            There were a few problems the night I was there, as far as I could tell. Two of us shared a few things. The seaweed salad was flavourful and had a variety of types of seaweed. The octopus balls were actually pretty good, as well, but after 8 pieces I was kind of sick of the unusual taste (one that I couldn't identify). The ramens we tried (one pork, one tempura) left me a bit disappointed. I'm hardly a ramen expert, but these lacked any sort of flavour and were a bit skimpy on the ingredients (although a soya-cooked egg was a bonus).

            Major issues: 1) No one on the large staff seemed to be able to speak French to another customer who spoke little English. This could spell trouble. 2) The only other tables in the restaurant both ordered a seafood ramen, and it was eventually disclosed to both that they didn't have seafood anymore (i dont know if this meant they had run out or had removed the item from the menu). The francophone table was offered some miscellaneous items (i.e. calamari) on ramen, instead.

            Even in writing all of this I still want to like the place, but its food as far less creative and delicious than Kazu and the ramen has nothing on Yuki, both of which are nearby. I cant really think of a reason to go back except the abundance of space (including a huge center table) if I was having a large, spontaneous dinner party.

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            Kazu
            1862 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1, CA

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              waziboy RE: Fintastic Jan 20, 2011 09:00 AM

              This is a block away from where I live so will most likely be trying this out in the next week or so and will let you guys know how it goes!

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              foodie_mtl RE: mantisfixed Jan 24, 2011 08:12 AM

              Tried it out on Friday night. I must say I was quite happy and impressed with the service and the offerings.

              The place is rather big and can accommodate over 75 people easily. When we arrived, the place was about half full. A large communal table runs down the center of the restaurant.

              We ordered the octopus balls, an okonomiyaki and several ramen bowls. The octopus balls were fluffy and tasty, and very well presented. The okonomiyaki was also very flavorful. The miso-based ramen broth was excellent (the soy based broth was so-so IMO). They has several ramen options (Classic/specialty). Toppings included soy soaked hard boiled egg, bean sprouts, spinach, mushrooms, fried tofu, mushrooms, bbq pork, etc.

              One issue I had with the ramen was the abundance of noodles. I would have preferred a little less noodle, and a little more veggies/meat. I believe the noodles are not handmade.

              Price was reasonable (Ramen: 10-12$, octopus balls: 7$, okonomiyaki: 8$)

              Beer was also quite affordable (8$ for a 650 ML bottle of Kirin), and they had an extensive sake list.

              We spoke to the waitress and she said they are still trying to work out the menu. They are trying out different dishes. She said in the future they may offer daily specials.

              IMO, it does not compare to Kazu. Kazu is miles ahead in terms of presentation and flavor. However, I am quite happy to have Godzilla/Ima Dake in the neighborhood. A good option when you crave Japanese bistro fare and not willing to wait 45 minutes in the dead of winter for a table at Kazu.

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              Kazu
              1862 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1, CA

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