Isakaya in Montreal
I would like to hear from anyone that's been to Guu Isakaya in Toronto and Kazu in Montreal.They appear to be light years apart.
I've been both Guu (the original in Vancouver) and Kazu and though they aren't quite comparing apples to apples, I can appreciate the authenticity and heart that Kazuo has. Montreal will probably never has the selection that cities like Toronto/Vancouver have for good Japanese, but I still love my hole-in-the-wall Kazu.
I've found that Guu in Vancouver is much more similar to Furusato (on Bleury) than it is to Kazu. Although some of the dishes at Kazu seem to be traditional Isakaya fare, Kazou has branched out to other cuisines to create some of his dishes (possibly a vestige of training with Laprise). The dishes I've had at Furusato were not quite the same quality as Guu, but were essentially identical in composition.