Written by Tamara Hussain on 11.07.18

We’ve all heard about this cute little resto-bar with a cherry blossom tree in the middle of it (*psst, it’s a fake). But is it worth the hype?

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We were invited to try Le Blossom’s new summer menu, alongside the launch of their outdoor terrace on corner De Maisonneuve and Amherst. The tasting menu was full of sake and of innovative dishes that had us drooling before we even tried anything!

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Chef Phong Thach is clearly passionate about his menu and chose each item with care. Every time a menu item would be placed in front of us, he would explain what we were about to eat and how he conceptualized it. What a treat!

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Once inside the restaurant, we got to sample Le Blossom Bar’s welcome cocktail, alongside salmon tartare on a taro chip, and spicy steamed edamame. The duo was classic and delicious. And what an ambiance: the resto-bar already had a great vibe as of 6pm on a Wednesday night.

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For dinner, the group was invited to sit on their brand new terrace that seats 37. We were treated to a phenomenal Japanese tasting menu, which included: duck gyoza (a must!), Mr.Krab – a fried avocado topped with creamy seafood – and Forever 21, a beautifully presented salad with crispy noodles, cabbage, daikon, and carrots. And these were only the appetizers!

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Throughout the night, it started to rain but this did not dampen our spirits! We were moved back inside the restaurant and got to sip on some of their signature sakes as we waited to see whether our next dish would have us exclaiming “OMG! You have to try this.” For our mains, we enjoyed expertly cooked quail and edamame ravioli, and a delicious assortment of sushi rolls, including Fancy as Hell, OG, Eggplant, Bubba Shrimp, and La Vie en Rose. Very impressed with the unique flavour combinations.

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When we were thinking, “it can’t get any better than this,” we were served a fried apple pie gyoza served with vanilla ice cream. Everything was delicious and delivered in flavour, texture, and presentation.

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Verdict? Le Blossom Bar is worth ALL the hype, and is a great addition to Montreal’s growing Japanese izakaya scene.

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1101 Boul de Maisonneuve E, Montréal, QC H2L 1Z6
(514) 379-3699

Photos by Tamara Hussain (@therealmtlfoodie).

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