Written by Sabrina Bertolo on 27.05.14

In a tiny location on the corner of St. Catherine Street and Atwater lies one of Montreal’s best kept secrets. Imadake, which loosely translates to “only for now,” is Montreal’s finest Japanese-style pub. While pub grub automatically transports your mind to potato skins and chicken wings, this Izakaya (tapas inspired cuisine) takes you on a journey far beyond your idea of typical pub food.

The open kitchen concept gives you a great view of the quick-paced cooking that goes on behind the scenes. Take a seat on wooden box-like chairs at thick wooden tables and enjoy the show.

The menus are clear, concise and peppered with pictures of the varied dishes. The menu changes frequently, as is suggested in the translation of Imadake. The Beef Tataki (thinly sliced and lightly seared beef) is accompanied by a light but flavorful ponzu sauce (lime flavored soy sauce). If you have ever dreamed of grabbing a light, fluffy cloud and deep-frying it, then the Fried Goat Cheese should definitely be on top of your list! Imadake‘s selection of ramen bowls are sure to take you away from the idea of those dismal cheap nights in a one bedroom apartment straight to a swanky, upscale restaurant in Japan. Their Rare Beef Steak Ramen Bowl comes filled to the brim with a soft boiled egg, perfectly cooked ramen noodles, and a generous helping of rare beef steak slices.

Imadake has a wide range of alcohol including hard liquor, wine, and of course, sake. The wait staff presents you with a fun and interesting twist on sake bombs including a balancing act on chopsticks. Ask your waiter to sound off your sake bombs (when I say sake, you say bomb!) and try not to make a mess.

Be sure to visit Imadake soon with good, hungry company. The upbeat atmosphere and fun ambiance will surely have you returning for their impressive dishes and wonderful wait staff!

4006 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Westmount, QC H3Z 1P2
(514) 931-8833

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