Big in Japan

Japanese Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Plateau-Mont-Royal, Montréal
  • Jimmy P.
    "Try the Crispy Pork Chop Sandwich - Awesome."(8 Tips)
    Sacha D.
    "My ritual: choosing between the daily meal and the miso ramen"(6 Tips)
    Tanya N.
    "Tuna tataki salad and Crispy Salmon are to die for!"(4 Tips)
    Reinaldo C.
    "Under any circumstances, do not miss the cold ramen salad!"(3 Tips)
94 Tips and reviews
  • ramen
  • crispy pork
  • trendy
  • chicken wings
  • lively
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  • Bill L.
    Bill LimOctober 16, 2017
    The portions are huge! Prices are very reasonable. Had the tonkatsu bun with the spicy miso ramen and they were both pretty good. Pair it with the house draft and you're all set.
  • Luiza Q.
    Luiza QueirósNovember 24, 2017
    I had second thoughts about going to this place, but I am so happy I decided to try. Affordable Japanese restaurant, with huge portions of pure happiness.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TsuNovember 28, 2017
    Big portions, kind staff, great tastes. Big in Japan may not be the most authentic Japanese restaurant, but I bet you’ll leave happy. Get the giant 32 oz steak
  • Alejandro V.
    Alejandro VogtMarch 15, 2015
    Very creative concept! Name, decoration, music and menu are diferent and thought of.Food is good and they have their own beer (not so great), sakes and japanese whisky.Definetely worth checking out
  • Soni Ka E.
    Soni Ka EJuly 13, 2013
    Discovered #Montreal's #BiginJapan resto (St. Laurent/Pins) recently. Had the braised pork over rice. Loved it. And the green tea cake with ginger ice cream. Yum-my. Will certainly go again.
  • Rental Homes C.
    Rental Homes CanadaDecember 17, 2013
    Traditional wood-hews Japanese aesthetic with late-served menu goods like green tea-braised spare ribs, roasted half-chickens in kimchi sauce, and awesome pork pancakes w/ grilled Nordic shrimp.
  • Jarrod W.
    Jarrod WardDecember 16, 2013
    All the small plates we shared were excellent. Much better than I remembered from my first visits. The buns were a highlight and the goyza sauce so good I wanted to lick the bowl.
  • 20, 2015
    There is only one kind of Ramen which is a Miso Ramen, but almost everyone in this place is eating that! The broth was simply great, and cha-shu was one of a kind compared to other ramen places.
  • Kelvin L.
    Kelvin LeeMay 6, 2014
    AMAZING! The miso katsu don is soo good and a great portion for $13. The Tuna tataki was also a hefty portion of tuna for the price. We're coming back Asap!
  • Zoe H.
    Zoe HandryApril 11, 2014
    Joue de boeuf au thé vert! It sounds insane but it's just insanely good. This place is the definition of fusion: focus on taste, feelings and excitement in the mouth.
  • Charles G.
    Charles GedeonAugust 6, 2014
    Really enjoyed the tuna tataki here. Very fresh tasting and the tuna has a great texture. The beef and eggplant noodle dish is pretty excellent too.
  • Rémy L.
    Rémy LerouxSeptember 26, 2013
    Try the bbq pork steamed breads for appetizers as well as the crispy pork and the pancakes for entrees. Large portions, decent prices, good service.
  • Ashley W.
    Ashley WhalenAugust 23, 2015
    Great place to go eat late at night.. Perfect for when you finish work late and don't feel like cooking 😉. Order a Shandy and crispy pork!
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HarrisonAugust 24, 2013
    This place is special. Unique. Busy for a reason. Miso Raman is incredibly filling, equally tasty and worth the drive...from almost anywhere.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelDecember 9, 2011
    Open until 3 a.m., this is the “premiere service provider for drunk-ass chefs after work.” – Anthony Bourdain
  • Mike M.
    Mike MageeApril 20, 2010
    Located in the old Pistol nightclub, Big In Japan is an amazing combination of Japanese tapas, sushi and incredible cocktails...all served up by one of the friendliest staff in town. Great atmosphere! Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenFebruary 4, 2010
    This new pub offers a limited menu of small dishes – just something to snack on while you drink. The real draw here is the bar menu, namely their sake. Split a $98 bottle of Honjozo with friends even.
  • Elsa J.
    Elsa JabreOctober 5, 2013
    I had the Crispy Pork with Rice, it was delicious with fresh ingredients. I highly recommend Big in Japan
  • Alexandrine A.
    Alexandrine AllardMay 14, 2015
    My usual is the katsu don, but I just took the cold ramen salad and its to die for. Always a good choice.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MadduxJuly 7, 2016
    Try the kimchi beer once, to have the experience. Split it if you can. Wings are good, fun food.
  • Elisa E.
    Elisa EveAugust 29, 2015
    You must go, the food is amazing, you won't stay there all night, but at least for a great snack.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HuxleyNovember 8, 2010
    Try the coca-cola beef, raviolis, melted cheese plate and chicken wings. Of course, donèt miss out on their delicious but inexpensive home-brewed beer :)
  • Veronik S.
    Veronik SicardMarch 27, 2015
    Cool place, try the gingerbeer and soya sauce chicken wings. Reservations for groups of 8+ only
  • Sabina
    SabinaMay 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is consistently excellent (inquire after the specials), beer is cheap, sake... less so. Bring cash for bills under $20.
  • Allermanger
    AllermangerApril 14, 2015
    Their cold ramen salad is great! Also their desserts are definitely worth trying imo.
  • Steven S.
    Steven SladeApril 3, 2012
    The fried chicken sandwich is delicious and very filling--but that doesn't stop me from getting two! Try it.
  • Cindy H.
    Cindy HaMarch 19, 2013
    Chill place bring your friend. Drink sake and have japanese tapas. Atmosphere is there!! Kampai!!
  • Devin G.
    Devin GallagherNovember 14, 2012
    Hit or miss, as in I miss Vancouver. Do: korroke, tofu, dog. Don't: ramen, anything with pork. The pork should fall apart, not require you to tear it apart like a dog. Noodles are not chewy.
  • Sam R.
    Sam RaissaMarch 5
    I arrived at 22h15, they didn’t have chicken or pork and had no flexibility at all to adapt at least a “rice and eggs dish” so I could eat something. My boyfriend ate ramen, I watched.
  • Tanya N.
    Tanya NaberMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tuna tataki salad and Crispy Salmon are to die for! Amazing place open till 3 am!
  • Antonio C.
    Antonio Carruyo RomeroJanuary 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Instead of ordering mains, order a bunch of starters and casse-croûtes to share. It's not that more expensive and you will get to taste more things!
  • S P.
    S PApril 11, 2015
    Very good crispy pork (tonkatsu), Ramen soup OK, but better can be had in Montreal.
  • John T.
    John ThaiApril 15, 2012
    A long way to go before this place gets full Izakaya status. Cuts, prep and flavor not quite there yet. Julienne that daikon.
  • Christine L.
    Christine L.May 25, 2013
    Buta Kalé. TRY IT... Spiceeyy and yummy, can't go wrong!
  • Ty S.
    Ty SmithApril 12, 2015
    The crispy pork on rice is amazing.
  • Connor C.
    Connor CohenFebruary 18, 2017
    this place was pretty lit on a friday night- waited half an hour for a table. the noodles were rich and satisfying.
  • Samuel D.
    Samuel DutilMay 13, 2015
    Great find! It has large portion packing a lot of taste!
  • Tracy W.
    Tracy WgJune 4, 2013
    The butanmushi-pan is a MUST try, pork is so tender and delicious!
  • Bernd P.
    Bernd PichalAugust 7, 2014
    Really Nice place. Food was great, portions were really big
  • Todd B.
    Todd BurryFebruary 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The chicken wings will be the best you've ever had. Definitely order them alongside your meal.
  • Jimmy P.
    Jimmy PapageorgiouFebruary 3, 2012
    Try the Crispy Pork Chop Sandwich - Awesome. A must have for any foodie
  • James
    JamesOctober 13, 2015
    Yummy Japanese street type food. It's cafeteria style.
  • Tara H.
    Tara HuntAugust 15, 2012
    Try the Sesame Braised Pork On Sobu Noodle Salad - Om nom nom
  • Angie R.
    Angie RodriguezMay 15, 2014
    The tofu salad and the tuna tataki are amazing!
  • Michael
    MichaelNovember 1, 2017
    R-amen! Great Japanese and fusion-y food and God damn those noodles!
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine MaisonneuveMarch 20, 2012
  • Sacha D.
    Sacha DeclomesnilDecember 19, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    My ritual: choosing between the daily meal and the miso ramen
  • citizenziggy e.
    citizenziggy esq.July 14, 2013
    Cold cloudy saki makes me giggly =) just saying.
  • Steph K.
    Steph KFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The owner of this restaurant is so nice. Look at the Asian guy with big glasses
  • Hilario C.
    Hilario CoimbraAugust 4, 2015
    Miso ramen was so good !
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