Delicious Japanese lunches in Montreal

Sometimes you just have to forget the leftovers you brought to work and get out of the office for a fun lunch. Grab your coat, your chopsticks and maybe a few colleagues—or potential clients—and enjoy a Japanese-style lunch at one of these Montreal restaurants.

Restaurant Big In Japan

3723, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2V7

This brasserie-style Japanese restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy lunch in the Plateau. Order a bowl of ramen or one of the more ‘street fare’ items on the menu like the crispy soy chicken wings or pork belly buns. Enjoy the quick service but don’t leave without your black sesame milkshake!

Restaurant Imadake

4006, rue Sainte-Catherine O, Westmount, QC H3Z 1P2

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.

Restaurant Saiko

1065, cote du Beaver Hall, Montréal, QC H2Z 1S5

Still more clients to impress? Saiko serves up very traditional and perfectly executed sushi and sashimi, maybe the best in town. At lunch you will find a selection of yakis, salads and bentos, plus Japanese ceviches and fish tartares.

Park Restaurant

378, av Victoria, Westmount, QC H3Z 2N4

Looking to make a great impression with potential clients? Park is the place for you. They have great specials at noon like the yam noodles, the Freestyle Bento Box or the Nigiri Park Lunch. Pro tip: lunch is the best time to discover what everyone is raving about without paying the higher price tag that comes with the dinner menu.

Sushi Tri Express

1650, av Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1J2

Sushi Tri Express has long been considered one to the best sushi places in town. Seating is limited so grab a free seat or get some take-out to enjoy your sushi and sashimi in a nearby park. They have lovely lunch express deals too. Cash only!

Kyo Bar Japonais

711, cote de la Place-d'Armes, Montréal, QC H2Y 2X6

This stylish and modern izakaya is a popular downtown lunch hotspot with the business crowd. You can’t go wrong with one of their bento boxes, sushi specials or Japanese salads. Why not order a Japanese beer, sake or whisky, too? Treat yourself!

Sakura Garden Restaurant

1216 Rue Stanley, Montréal, QC H3B 2S7

Sakura has been a casual lunchtime favourite for many downtown workers for along time. Besides the usual lunch specials, you can also get teriyaki chicken, a tuna steak, grilled fish, and even Homard Mikadoyaki at noon.

Restaurant Kazu

1844 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M1

Perhaps not the fanciest place on the list but probably my favourite Japanese lunch spot in town, Kazu has been ultra-popular since day one. The ramen is a must with its freshly made noodles. The tuna and salmon bowl, and the 48 hours pork bowl are to die for. And the shrimp burger … OK, everything is amazing here.

Sumo Ramen

1007, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J4

C'est le Japon en plein Quartier chinois! Cet endroit fréquenté par les étudiants est un lieu idéal pour un dîner délicieux et peu dispendieux. Préparez votre propre bol de nouilles ramen avec un large éventail d’ingrédients et commandez les dumplings Gyoza en entrée. Que diriez-vous d'essayer la poutine Volcano? Et vous vous devez de commander un bubble tea!

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