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Kinoya Japanese Bistro on St-Denis

Plateaumaman Aug 29, 2012 05:28 PM

Took the kids to try the Japanese tapas on St-Denis. We spent some time fiddling with an interesting Japanese soda with a marble in it - the waitress was trying to remember how to pop it open. Next I had to try the octopus balls and was not disappointed - nice smooth texture, just a bit of octopus and a lot of bonito flakes. We had some big generous sushi, some gyoza with a good dipping sauce and a big bowl of pork bone broth ramen. Oh, and some tempura. It was all good, although I'd probably study the menu a bit more closely in the future to try to keep the overall costs down. The ramen seems expensive at $12, and the 5 pieces of maki roll for $8.50 as well. But the sake was inexpensive and part of a happy hour special so there's something to be done here. A great addition to the neighbourhood and the big pink graphic design is inviting. So I think we'll come back, maybe with a concrete strategy to try to eat for less than $20 each next time. Maybe I'd skip the tempura and the ramen, focus on more unusual items or the kushiyaki brochettes.

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    Plateaumaman RE: Plateaumaman Oct 1, 2012 10:42 AM

    Nice review in the Gazette, although I disagree about the big pink flower decor. I think it's got a nice Manga edge and it will be cheerful in the dead of winter: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/C...

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      Plateaumaman RE: Plateaumaman Mar 21, 2013 07:24 PM

      Went back here for lunch today and they have a new lunch special menu. Big portions in the bento box. I had almond crusted chicken which came on a bed of stirfried vegetables, some rice, some interesting dumplings, kim chee and a salad. Oh, and a big bowl of miso soup with a generous amount of seaweed. My husband had a sushi special, big soup, big salad with a nice variety of textures and greens, lots of good sushi so we were both very happy. It was better than I remembered and definitely better than marblebag's experience.

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      marblebag RE: Plateaumaman Nov 26, 2012 11:24 AM

      Cold and prefried agedashi tofu. Bland kara age chicken nuggets (look ma no bones). Kinoya maki where rice is drier than what you get at Sushiman/Sushishop. Tasteless chicken yakitori even with a lot of sauce on top. A final slap in the face: 3.50$ for a pot of tea, a first in my lifetime.

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