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Japonais Sushi Zenya Inc

486, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3B 1A6

514-904-1363 Fax: 514-904-1368

Maximum dining pleasure in minimalist decor makes Zen Ya an earthly delight.

Category: Restaurants


Cuisine Type | Japanese, Seafood, Sushi
Ambiance | Quiet Conversation, Dining Alone, Fine Dining
Meals Served | Lunch, Dinner
Amenities | Full Bar, Private Room(s), Table d'hôte, Take-out, Wheelchair Accessible
Pricing | $21 - $30
Payment | Interac, MasterCard, Visa


Neighbourhood | Downtown
Getting There | Place-des-Arts/McGill Metro
Cross Street | City-Councillors Street


Monday to Friday 11:30AM-2:30PM; Monday to Sunday 5:30PM-10:30PM

Profile Last Updated: December 13, 2007

House of Zen
Zen Ya opened in 2001 and is something special in the world of Montreal’s Japanese restaurants. Loosely translated into English as "House of Zen", Zen Ya is indeed a beautiful and meditative space. Extra attention is taken with details here: from the food to the pretty plates it is served upon. Leaving the hustle and bustle of Saint Catherine Street, you take a small elevator to the second floor and enter through massive doors. Crossing over the faux bridge, complete with rocks underneath, is like crossing into a different universe. Zen Ya is a dramatically lit space decorated in deep charcoal. Minimalist without being severe, the ambience is as sophisticated as the service and the food.

Menu Meditations
The menu at Zen Ya offers some interesting surprises like miso-marinated baked Malpeque oysters. Or the chawanmushi soup that is a semi-solid egg custard floating above a bonito broth rich with morsels of fish, scallop, and shitake. There is teriyaki and shioyaki style choices from the grill, ramen and udon soups and donburis (rice bowls). There are also hidden treats that aren’t even on the menu. Ask about the salmon cheeks, crispy outside and bursting with savoury juices. Or the raw lobster Maki wrapped in soy paper and topped with glistening red tobiko. (Well worth the effort of ordering 48 hours in advance.)

Culinary Nirvana
When the waiter arrives at your dark wood table, it’s worth listening to his suggestions. At Zen Ya perfection is the aim, and your waiter is an expert marksman. The restaurant seats up to 100 people but reservations are recommended if you’re a larger group. Solitary diners can eat at the sushi bar and enjoy the chef displaying his skill. Zen Ya recently added a lounge-style reception is for special functions. Decorated in serene white and translucent marble, it compliments the sombre elegance of the main restaurant. For special occasions there are two tatami rooms as well as private karaoke rooms. Any meal at Yen Za becomes a celebration of food and elegance that is out of the ordinary.


Take Note: Closed for lunch on Sundays.