This self-proclaimed Izakaya ( Japanese bar), is situated in the very upscale Old Port of Montréal, a few minutes away from the Place d’Armes metro station.
Venue and Service
The place is elegant and trendy in every sense of the words, from the decoration to the music to the high-end clientele. It is recommend to make a reservation early, especially if you are a big group. The service is professional and courteous, and certain concepts are very interesting as the saké shout (in order to fully grasp it you have to witness it first), it is really a fun experience.
The decoration is really beautiful with soft lights, high tables and objects inspired by Japanese culture. The waiting time for dishes is a little bit long, and they are served in the middle of the table to invite the dinner guests to share their dish in accordance with the traditional izakayas. The atmosphere is electric, it is the perfect place for an after-work with colleagues or drinks with friends.
As an izakaya, Kyo Bar puts the accent on both the food and the drinks. The cocktail menu is elaborate. It reflects the originality and the boldness of the house. You will also find a lengthy and impressive list of sakés served in glasses, or bottles, cold, hot and sparkling. The wine list is not to be neglected. As for the food, you will not be disappointed. The dishes that are served are more appetizers than actual meals. The Menu offers anything from the traditional fried calamari to the typically Japanese meal such as pork kakuni, and several sorts of sushis (kamikaze, dragon eye, etc.)
Noodles, grills and soups you name it they have it there. Some sweets are also offered on the menu. Price wise, you have to be careful in order to stay on a small budget. Individual prices are rather low and but it could add up to a big amount especially if you want to take many items to be shared; the invoice can rise fast. If you take an alcoholic drink and a meal, it comes up to $25 taxes and tips included.
Psst: Kyo has a special every Wednesday, with $14 you are can get a beer and 4 pieces of fried chicken Kyo-style 😉
Since concept of sharing is proposes by the house, I had to taste several items on the menu.
First of all: cocktails. I ordered a classic mojito: fresh, well balanced, in brief it was simply excellent!! Based on my experience, very few bars in Montreal serve a REAL mojito and I can say that Kyo is one of them.
I also tried the Pinky Ginger made of shochu, Chambord, cranberry, raspberry and ginger. It’s a really strong cocktail that I recommend for the most audacious drinkers.
On the food side, I began with a tataki saké (salmon, ponzu, ikura and green apple) and I was not disappointed. In spite of the presence of apples, it is not really a sweet and sour saké. It is very good and makes a great start to the meal.
To be able to prop up my stomach with something more substantial I ordered a plate of Nagoya chicken wings (glazed with soya-mirin and black pepper), a plate of fried calamari to share and extra rice. Let me you one thing…WOW! Chicken wings are a killer! Juicy, crunchy and well spiced …a dream combo! The Calamari were not oily and the spicy mayonnaise sauce on the side was the perfect touch! I highly recommend them! All in all, it was a very beautiful experience. I would do it all over again.
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Address: 711 Côte de la Place-d’Armes