There is a new izakaya in town and it's good. Conveniently located in the heart of the Concordia Ghetto (aka Chinatown 2) this very small yet very cozy and japanese izakaya look restaurant offers authentic japanese izakaya meals (ie finger food to go with beer, like brochettes, sashimi salads, edekame etc). The place is run by a very sympathetic and "chaleureux" (the english word escapes me right now) japanese couple with their sous chef (i don't think he's japanese). The place is TINY (max 20 people) with 4 tables and seats at the bar. Do yourself a favor, if you get the chance, go eat at the bar, you'll get to chat with a very funny chef and get to see him prepare the magic.
My buddy and I ordered the following:
1) old fashion sashimi: 4 pieces of tuna sashimi, tossed in a japanese vinaigrette topped with cut lettuce. The fish was REALLY fresh and flavorful, almost melted in your mouth.
2) Next up is the 48 hour pork salad. We decided to make it as a meal so we added rice in it with the salad. The pork was to DIE FOR. Soft tender melts in your mouth, but it's not falling apart. Sauted with a bit of ginger, and onions, it was really something.
3) Salmon and tuna bowl. That was definitely the best meal of the evening. Cubes of salmon and tuna sashimi, in a spicy sauce, with sushi rice and salad in a huge bowl with pieces of spinach and fresh shitake mushroom. It was a PARTY in my mouth!!
4) for dessert we had a homemade soft serve milky ice cream with coffee powder. It was a very light and refreshing dessert, helped digest the entire meal. Great way to end the night
We had a little bottle of sake for 2 (Nigori sake), a milky sweetish tasting sake. Went very well with the meal
All in all, it was a great experience. I'm going back there since there were alot of items which i have been recommended (the Ramen is really good, they make their own noodle) which i didn't get the chance to try. The whole meal cost about 70 dollars (wiht the sake) taxes and tips included. Since i was using my horrible cell phone camera, the pork and salmon/tuna looks very small in terms of portion but the bowl are very deep (a bit deeper than a bowl of pho). I think this is a very good price/quantity ratio
It's a great addition to the area, and since it's very packed, you might have to wait a bit, but the wait is worth it though.
1862 Saint Catherine Ouest (corner st-marc)