京日本のバーでナイトアウト

Wednesday, November 5, 2014



Time as come for me to share with you guys yet, another lifestyle experience of mine only this time, it'll be a little bit more food-oriented. A couple of weeks ago, I have had to chance to visit the Japanese restaurant KYO, cleverly located right in the middle of Old Montreal (Hotel Place d'Armes). As soon as I stepped in, I notice the oriental influence in terms of decor and ambience. The place is very reminiscent of those many popular and trendy bars in Tokyo, if you are familiar with it. The main cultural clash would be the Hollywood Hits kind of music playlist which didn't bother me too much as I am not the type of girl to take myself too seriously whenever I try out something new ;)

I believe KYO has a nice vibe for either work happy hour, birthday parties or date night ! The restaurant definitely has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi which makes it hard not to enjoy and have a good time at. Their Japanese twist on some very famous cocktails was quite fun and amusing but the main thing of the night, drink-wise, definitely was the Sake and Shōchū experience, as the Bar owns an extensive list of over 25 labels. In fact, their take on bottle service was actually quite impressive and consisted in tiny barrel tanks filled with you choice of Shōchū, a plate of various fruit pieces ready to be puréed (white grapes, watermelon, berries…) and some ice. You than get to compose your own drinks in a much fancier way !

For those of you who aren't to familiar with Shōchū, it's a Japanese alcoholic beverage typically distilled from barley, sweet potatoes, buck wheat or rice. Quite similar to Sake yet, definitely stronger. What's pretty cool about that drink is that you can actually give it taste by mixing it to your favourite fruits of veggies, as I previously mentioned. As for the Sake tasting part, I got to try two very delicious kinds; the Gekkeikan & the Junmai Ginjo. The Gekkeikan was definitely my personal favourite with a sweeter taste and full-body. The Junmai Ginjo wasn't so bad itself but had a very distinctive floral taste which didn't do much for me.

My final experiment of the night at KYO was all about taste, technique and a bit a of talent… You guessed right, sushi making ! It was actually my very first time making sushi (I tried to convince Karl so many times to take classes together or to try it out at home but he didn't flinch… yet!). Now that I am (almost!) an expert at making spicy salmon hand rolls, there's no excuse. Okay, I must admit that the Chef had previously cut our fish pieces in tiny little cubes and mixed it with a succulent spicy mayo, but for the most part, I did a pretty decent job at assembling the whole thing and hand rolling it ;) I truly had a blast at KYO and am definitely planning on coming back pretty soon. Good thing my birthday is coming up !

















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