Resto YoYo: "French Bistro + BYOB" Montreal Restaurant Tip by Carmanah
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We spent New Year's Eve here with a group of friends, as it was a highly recommended French bistro which also happened to be a BYOB restaurant! While the name sounds Asian, it is most certainly French.
Now, Montreal has quite a few BYOB restaurants, but most of them are pretty casual Italian or Greek restaurants. But YoYo was in a completely different class from your typical BYOB in that it was a food-lover's gourmet restaurant. The interior was warm and inviting. Located in the eastern end of Montréal's famed Plateau neighbourhood, we were delighted when we arrived and found ourselves in a restaurant that felt more like somebody's home than a dining establishment. There were two rooms - we decided to sit in the back room where two other large groups were already seated.
Despite us being a group of English-speakers, we spoke French to the staff who spoke French back to us (despite our likely imperfections). The waiter was quirky and fun and really made our experience. Whenever we had questions about the food, he would gladly answer.
At the stroke of midnight, everyone from our dining room got up out of their seats and clanked champagne glasses with the rest of us. "Bonne année!"
Favorite Dish: For the special event, it was a 7 course set menu where we had a choice for 2 of the 7 items.
It started off with a fresh oyster (in a wonderful light sauce), followed by homemade smoked salmon gravlox with a cilantro salad and parsnip purrée (my choice as opposed to veal cheeks), and then a very buttery terrine de foie gras on pain perdu with fig marmelade, and then the main course of scallops and prawns on lobster butter risotto (my choice as opposed to lamb shank or veal sweetbreads), then a piece of local cheese, "Riopelle de l'Isle", with pomegranate jelly, then a dessert of chocolate macaroon with pistachio nougat and raspberry sorbet... and with a coffee we were presented with a plate of rich dark chocolate truffles. A heavenly meal indeed, and a great way to ring in the new year!
Address: 4720 rue Marquette, Montréal
Comparison: about average
Directions: Located on the corner of Marquette and Gilford
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