If you haven’t been out of your house for a while, I don’t blame you – the weather outside is just horrible. Yet, I can give you one great reason to go out: Happening Gourmand ! If you’re a foodie in Montreal, and you don’t know about Happening Gourmand, you’re missing out! It’s the dream of any food lover – I take that back, it’s anyone’s dream.
Happening Gourmand is a month-long event during which all the fancy restaurants in the Old Port offer a Table D’hote menu at a fixed price. Using my friend’s birthday as an excuse, a group of friends and I took him to Kyo Bar Japonais for dinner, which I had wanted to try for quite a while. I wasn’t disappointed: the meal was fantastic.
As a starter, I had the Chef’s Selection of Makis, while my friends took the Beef Sashimi. Now I did not get to taste the sashimi (but my friends did keep repeating how delicious it was), but the dish itself was beautifully presented. It’s the type of dish that is almost too pretty to eat.
Next, we had the Red Miso Marinated Salmon. It had been recommended by the server, and I did not regret following his advice! The salmon was perfectly cooked, with a sweet and flavourful glaze.
Finally, it was time for dessert! The highlight here were the Yuzu Doughnuts, beignets served with condensed milk and black sesame. The sweetness of the sauce paired delicously with the light, airy doughnuts. It was definitely a great way to end the meal.
I’d also like to note how kind and attentive our waiter was: he cracked jokes throughout the night and even brought an extra doughnut for the birthday boy at our table. Much appreciated!
Overall, I had a lovely experience at Kyo Bar Japonais: it’s a cool, trendy space, and the food is tasty and refined ! What are you waiting for? Get off your couch and go explore all the delicious cuisine Montreal has to offer!
Written by Marie Le Cannellier