Sweet Pea has been dying to go to Kinka Izakaya for months, she loves her Asian noms, but we just never got around to it. Imagine our glee when they invited us to an event, we were more than happy to attend and eat everything. Kinka Izakaya is a Japanese pub that has a few locations in Toronto, and who snuck into Montreal to show Montrealers some authentic izakaya treats. Japanese food is so much more than just sushi, and Kinka Izakaya demonstrates that.
We started with two cocktails, the Nama Grapefruit Sour arrived with half a grapefruit on a citrus juicer, so you controlled how much grapefruit to add to your vodka soda. The Tokyo was made with lychee juice, lychee liqueur and blue curacao; the lychee gave it that Japanese feel. Both cocktails were tasty but our favourite was the Nama Grapefruit Sour.
The seared Albacore tuna sashimi was absolutely incredible. A generous portion, it was very fresh with ponzu and lemon for a lovely citrus taste. The garlic chips and chives gave this tasty dish a nice kick and we were soon licking the plate clean.
One of our favourite izakaya dishes is karaage which is basically deep fried chicken, which is marinated with soy sauce, that’s so tender and covered in the crispiest of skin. At Kinka Izakaya it was served with a garlic mayo for some delicious creaminess. We always love karaage but it was particularly good at Kinka Izakaya.
We’re not big fans of beef short ribs, they are a touch too fatty for our linking. But at Kinka Izakaya they really nailed their miso marinade, and the beef short ribs were grilled to perfection. The cod on the other hand melted in our mouth. It too was grilled and miso marinated, but god damn it was the best cod that we have ever tried. Served with a yuzu miso sauce, it fell apart at the touch of a fork. We would return just for this dish alone!
We would like to preface this by saying that Asian rice bowls really aren’t our thing, we’re noodle girls but we fell in love with the unagi bibimbap rice bowl at Kinka Izakaya. The big stone bowl kept the rice nice and hot, it arrived with the egg on top of the dish and the waitress mixed it in when she brought it to us. The BBQ eel was a great addition to the rice bowl, it was a very flavourful dish.
Dessert was light, we enjoyed black sesame ice cream that was very flavourful and not too sweet. We love sesame ice cream and Kinka Izakaya did not disappoint. We just loved those two big black balls… I know I know, we’re hilarious!
We haven’t had delicious Asian eats like this in a while, we were really impressed with Kinka Izakaya. We couldn’t even choose a favourite dish, they were all so tasty. If you’re craving Japanese pub style food, perfect for sharing, look no further than Kinka Izakaya. Their open kitchen concept, friendly staff and delicious food will have you yearning to return for more.
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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