Kyo Bar Japonais is an Izakaya located in old Montreal, one of the most touristy corners under Place d’Armes hotel. Considering the location, I would say their price is actually reasonable.
In my most recent visit, I got to try both tapas and sushi from them. The ingredients are fresh, and presentations are nice. But I’d say their tapas leaves a stronger impression than sushi.
Grilled black cod is one of my favorite things on izakaya menus. This one is also quite good! The rich taste of black cod mixed with miso is a perfect combination. I even ate the slightly crispy skin.
Kyo Bar Japonais – Gindara Saikyo Yaki Miso Cod
Grilled black cod marinated in white miso
Out of curiosity, I ordered the sparkling sake. It turns out to taste like sake mixed with sparkling water… Nothing special…
Kyo Bar Japonais – Gekkeikan Zipang
Braised pork belly is fatty pieces of pork. It’s not as greasy when eaten with the salade at the bottom of the bowl. It may be a bit too much if I had a whole bowl of it. But just a couple pieces is perfect for enjoyment.
Kyo Bar Japonais – Kakuni Pork
Braised pork belly
Their sashimi pieces are surprisingly large and thick cuts. No complaints as the fish is fresh and tasty!
Kyo Bar Japonais – Omakase sashimi
Salmon, butter fish, white tuna, red tuna, yellowtail
I can’t really taste the green apple in sake tataki, probably because the sweetness is a lot less noticeable when eaten together with the salmon roe. But overall this tastes like another plate of sashimi with condiments because the salmon is not really seared.
Kyo Bar Japonais – Sake Tataki
Salmon served with ponzu sauce, ikura, green apple
Rainbow maki has a satisfying amount of fish in it. However, it’s less impressive compared to the rest of the dishes. Probably because it doesn’t have a burst of flavor like the other options. But it’s still quite good for filling up my stomach to finish up a meal.
Kyo Bar Japonais – Rainbow maki
Shrimp tempura, tuna, salmon, albacore, striped bass, avocado
Kyo Bar Japonais
711 Côte de la Place d’Armes,
Montréal, QC H2Y 2X6