Montreal Japanese Pub Kazu: One of the City's Best Destinations
Kazu is the Montreal izakaya to beat them all, a downtown Japanese pub so popular that a lineup outside its door during opening hours is nearly a guarantee. Not exactly the ideal place for a first date, unless you and yours are of the foodie variety and are cool with Tokyo style congestion since you'll be dining in a narrow, crowded, boisterous room. And don't linger too long. There's always someone eyeing your spot.
Is There a Way to Bypass the Lineups?
Not really. Your best bet is getting there a few minutes before opening hours, just before noon at lunchtime and a bit before 5:30 p.m. come supper. But even then, expect a delay, possibly as much as 45 minutes but more likely as little as ten minutes. Also consider group size. Groups of 4 or less go through much much faster. Plan accordingly.
Right here. Prices are not listed. Patrons can expect to spend $20 or less per person for a two-course meal excluding drinks, even less with lunch specials.
Tough call. The raves are many. Try the ramen noodles. They're house-made, from scratch. Also make a beeline for the 48-hour pork, the tuna salmon bowl (see above photo), the beef kalbi and the house-made wasabi caramel ice cream. And a quick honorable mention for the okonomiyaki, a Japanese style pancake Kazu packs with shrimps. Or vegetables.
On a Tight Budget?
Apart from the edamame, consider steering clear of the appetizers, of which some are a little small for the price, and stick to the mains. But in terms of value, Kazu is about as affordable as izakayas come. And it's a steal compared to what you'd pay in Japan.
Kazu: Dress Code
Come as you are. No dress code here.
Expect anyone, especially students.
Kazu: Special Events?
Kazu: Private Room for Parties?
I'm not sure where they could possibly fit one in that small space.
Kazu: To Make Reservations
Kazu operates on a strict first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations.
Kazu: Business Hours
Open Monday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and then 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., closed Tuesday, open Wednesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and then 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., open Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., open Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and then 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Operating hours subject to change without notice.
1862 Ste. Catherine West, corner of St. Marc, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1
Any Reviews of Kazu?