Kazu: Montreal's Most Popular Izakaya

  • Montreal Japanese Pub Kazu: One of the City's Best Destinations

    Kazu is Montreal's most popular izakaya, or Japanese pub.
    Photo courtesy of Kazu

    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.

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    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.

     

    Kazu Menu

    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.

     

    Must-Try Dishes?

    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.

     

    Kazu: Crowd

    Expect anyone, especially students.

     

    Kazu: Special Events?

    Not really.

     

    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.

     

    Kazu: Address

    1862 Ste. Catherine West, corner of St. Marc, Montreal, QC H3H 1M1
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    Getting There

    Guy-Concordia Metro

     

    Any Reviews of Kazu?

    Plenty.