Juni, often considered Montreal's Nobu or Morimoto, is without a doubt the best Japanese in the city. Owner and chef Junichi Ikematsu, formerly of the highly venerated Soto in Old Montreal, opened this small fifty seat gem on Laurier St a few years back. Since then the restaurant, with its simple decor and knowledgeable service, has been buzzing with a trendy-meets-foodie patronage. Yet because Juni is not at all big, the vibe is more relaxed than chaotic, and while the restaurant is almost always full, it never feels too crowded, making it a unique find in the city.
For the menu at Juni, Ikematsu marries traditional Japanese with French and Western cuisines, creating unique dishes of impeccable presentation. The service is friendly and the drink menu is vast (ask if they have any unfiltered or sparkling sake, both are wonderful). If you're hungry, try their tasting menu, it is brilliant. If you're looking for something lighter, order for a few appetizers (their red tuna tartare with oyster mushrooms and truffle oil is unbelievable every time) and sushi to share. Picking at least one item from their special rolls menu is highly recommended... and while the food here is not cheap, you'll always be happy you went.
Jun i | 156 Ave Laurier Ouest (corner St-Urbain) | Montréal, Québec, H2T 2N7 | (514) 276- 5864 |