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When sushi first hit the North American dining scene, it caught on like wildfire, making it the hallmark of Japanese cuisine in the West. But while the popularity of sushi grew, other cultural and culinary treasures from Japan went largely unnoticed.

After a long day at the office, it's customary for Japanese workers to head to the Izakaya, or Japanese pub, to unwind with a drink and Japanese tapas. While popular in the Land of the Rising Sun, Izakayas are a rare find in North America, with just a handful sprinkled across the continent, and only a few to be found in Canada. And that's just what inspired Patrick Fung and Chris Côté, two Montrealers, to start one on the city's west side. "We wanted to do something different and create something authentically Japanese," says Patrick.

Imadake, with its pub-style decor and menu, opened its doors in the summer of 2011 to introduce visitors to a little-known side of Japanese culture and cuisine. “For the first few months, it was quiet," says Kevin Fung, Imadake's Operations Manager. "But the Montreal Gazette wrote a great review and the concept took off."

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    Delicious food, frie

    Delicious food, friendly staff, great atmosphere... but remember to reserve a table if you go on the weekend, this place is packed on weekend.

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    August 6, 2017

    Great Food! Great Fun!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 20, 2017

    Once again, an awesome meal and a great night out. Really enjoyed the new Poke bowl, twice. Everything was great, fast service, lots of fun. Have a Sake Bomb! or two.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 20, 2017

    Great food! Very fast service! Staff was helpful to pick dishes since it was our first time there. Going back for sire with friends

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 29, 2017

    We arrived at 7pm and there were people but it wasn't packed, they sat my friend and I in a really awkward spot immediately behind the host counter despite having many open tables throughout the bar. I asked if we could sit somewhere a bit more ambient because we had come to enjoy the izakaya setting, not to hang out at the hostess counter, they agreed and moved us to a nicer spot.I expected with a reservation that we would have a nice seat. The servers were friendly and the drinks were good. Maybe I am spoiled or have higher expectations from living/traveling in Asia for about 6 years but I found the food pretty basic and portions small and a bit overpriced, nothing to write home about with the exception of the okominoyaki which was delicious.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 27, 2017

    Be aware that the place is so noisy that a conversation is quite impossible. Good for groups to have fun, not good for a dinner with few friends who want to talk.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 3/5

    June 20, 2017

    Max is amazing! Such a good waiter and super friendly !

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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    Imadake is the home of sake bombs, Japanese izakaya delicacies, and ramen. It’s the perfect spot to not only eat dinner, but also continue your night and getting a little wild. They have traditional pork belly ramen, that you can enjoy in their original or miso broth. However, our favourite is their rare steak ramen, the red beef is cooked ever so slightly from the heat of the broth. Since you’re at Imadake, enjoy your bowl of ramen with their takoyaki (octopus balls) and their okonomiyaki (seafood pancake).

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    Imadake is a Japanese izakaya located in downtown Montreal. Our favourite dishes include their deep-fried chicken skin, their fried goat cheese, and their takoyaki (octopus balls). We’re also staunch supporters of Imadake’s sake bombs! Their bar is open until 3 am but their kitchen is open until 1 am on Friday and Saturday, although some dishes like their ramen are only available until around 11:30 pm.

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    Delicious Japanese lunches in Montreal

    This cool industrial-decor izakaya is one of Montreal’s trendiest addresses right now. The servings are more tapas style so order a few dishes to share. Try the Yuzu chicken or the takoyaki. It’s more of a pub in the sense that it is loud, not a place for a romantic lunch escapade. And two words: Sake Bomb.

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