Food & Drink

Montreal's greatest izakayas. Also: what an izakaya is.

Published On 12/04/2013 Published On 12/04/2013
Izakaya Iwashi
Kyo Bar Japonais
Big in Japan
Imadake Izakaya
Katherine Sehl
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1. Big in Japan 3723 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2X 2V7

It may be Big in Japan, but Montreal loves it too. This Japanese izakaya was visited by Anthony Bourdain and he certainly loved the sake, and you will too, as well as the green tea-braised spare ribs.

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2. Kyo Bar Japonais 711 Côte de la Place d’Armes, Montreal, H2Y 2X6

This slick Japanese izakaya offers over 25 varieties of sake and wine, an impressive sushi bar, and killer cocktails like the wasabi-infused Kyo Cesar or Sake Colada.

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3. Café Sardine/Izakaya Iwashi 9 Ave Fairmount, Montréal, H2T 1C7

By day, this Mile End cafe serves up fresh homemade donuts, sodas, and lunch items, as well as piping-hot coffee from Kittel and Phil & Sebastien. By night, it transforms into Izakaya Iwashi, serving Japanese fare made by expert Chef Hachiro Fujise.

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4. Imadake Izakaya 4006 rue Sainte-Catherine O., Westmount, H3Z 1P2

Always packed to the brim (and more often than not with Japanese ex-pats), this izakaya serves a variety of sake and Japanese fare, and don't miss out on their heralded takoyaki octopus balls.

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5. Kazu 1862 rue Ste-Catherine O., Montréal, H3H 1M1

This tiny, traditional Japanese izakaya located in downtown Montreal features specials like a "48 hour pork" rice bowl, BBQ pork necks, and lunchtime special ramen.