Alex visits Kyomi! Montreal, Quebec, Canada - www.Sezmu.com
KYOMI~ Last weekend I discovered a hidden gem of a BYOW “bring your own booze” restaurant. Please trust me when I say you must, MUST take an evening off whatever it is that you are doing, and go eat at this wonderful place. The restaurant is called Kyomi and is located in Lasalle on Newman blvd.
The restaurant not being in the city might take away the excitement for some people. However, the second you put your foot through the immense glass doors, you will feel like you just walked into a rich, luxurious high class resort restaurant in Vietnam. Well, considering that everything in the restaurant from the fish to the chairs are actually imported straight from Vietnam, you wouldn’t be that far off! I was amazed to see the grand space and the décor inside this place. Two floors, high ceilings, exotic décor, modern pink suede cozy seats (what first struck me as I walked in!). What wraps this entire package up is the fact that it is a “bring your own wine” ;o), and you all know how I love those!
As I ventured upstairs to seek out the bathroom, I stopped in my tracks and could not believe the décor could get any better. For an intimate party, it was simply perfect! The tables were these immense glass cubes with a beautiful assortment of colorful Asian imported exotic flowers. Some of the tables were round with a beautiful curtain that circled around it to make the guests feel like they were having their own private party.
They have an assortment of Asian fusion dishes from sushi, to thai to traditional general tao. The prices are on the higher end (around 20-22$ for a main dish) however, it is worth ever penny! The portions are the biggest I have EVER seen in any restaurant! And the eccentric flavors add such a good twist. For example, we ordered fried calamari as our entre. The calamari was spread over an immense Portobello mushroom and this sweet teriyaki sauce was drizzled over the combination. I am telling you it was to die for.
What made the night extra special was that the wine I brought which proved to be a BIG hit at my table. Like I said before, I am currently going through a “white phase”. So I picked up a bottle of Australia’s Settler’s Cove Chardonnay. This wine has got to have one of the smoothest tastes ever! Sometimes when you drink a wine, there is a combination sequence of flavors from the aroma when you first put the glass to your lips to when the wine has gone down and the subtle aftertaste comes into effect. Sometimes this can be good, but sometimes it can be bad (if your wine has an aftertaste you are not so fond of)! I guarantee this wine keeps the same consistent taste all the way through.
Some more “experienced” wine drinkers might find this rather boring, but I loved it! Funny enough, I was the only one who brought white to the table. Everyone was drinking red. And you know what they say, NOT to mix! Big taboo…But I had people drinking my wine by the end of the night and they kept saying how much they enjoyed the taste. Even as we were leaving, I had an unopened bottle left, so as a final goodbye to our evening, we popped it opened, cheered to health and happiness, and everyone basically chugged a glass down. Could not leave an unopened bottle on the table!
Please go to this restaurant and I would LOVE to hear your comments about it. The food you tasted and of course the wine you chose to pair it with. The owner is a lovely young Vietnamese woman with impeccable taste for food, style and culture. You will find yourself craving that authentic Asian fusion experience over and over again. Love, Alex http://www.kyomirestaurant.com