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.
    Above: Kazu's infamous salmon tuna bowl. It consists of tuna and salmon sashimi served with sticky rice, julienned carrots, cucumbers, zucchini and bean sprouts topped with sesame seeds and crunchy puffy rice crisps sealed together with the chef's savory dressing. 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.