Written by Dahlia Merlo on 25.09.14

Stepping into Kyozon, we couldn’t help but wonder in awe: this is on Crescent Street?! Two floors are expertly constructed with a grandiose and fully equipped bar at the bottom and a gorgeous skylight at the top. Asian-styled lanterns occupy the walls and a DJ booth is set up at the top overlooking the bar below.

On the main floor, the tables are set up in banquettes with taller standing tables close to the bar. Upstairs, there is more of the same, with the exception of a bar set up, not with alcohol, but with a kaiten belt. More on that later. The decor is made up of wooden and metallic elements that designer Andres Escobar calls “casual industrial.”

Kyozon means “to co-exist,” and that’s exactly what they aim to do. The restaurant hopes to combine an incredible bar, New-Asian eats, and a modern design into a must-try foodie destination. Foodies, you won’t be disappointed.

Kyozon serves small portions that are meant to be shared amongst friends, which is the perfect way to sample most of the menu in one sitting (go with a big group, we promise you won’t regret it). Delicious dishes include crispy and expertly spiced popcorn shrimp ($8), lobster rolls with japanese noodles ($7), soft and succulent pork belly steamed buns ($6), and meaty tempura tiger prawns ($7).

Now, the famous kaiten belt. Sit down at the bar and watch the conveyor belt bring plate after plate of small and delectable plates of sushi and other appetizing wonders. Grab whichever plates catch your fancy and pile them up for your waiter to count. The colour of the plate symbolizes how much each plate will cost, and the prices are from $2 to $7 per plate. Don’t be shy to accumulate multiple piles of plates.

Kyozon‘s opening event was fabulous and filled with immense trays of incredible looking food that were swarmed by hungry people. Bright green cocktails, dubbed shojo sours, made with Bombay Sapphire East, Midori, fresh lime, simple syrup, sesame oil, and egg whites, were flowing all night to the delight of all who dared take a sip of the refreshing drink.

Kyozon is open 7 days a week from 11:30am to 1:00am from Sunday to Wednesday, and until 3:00am from Thursday to Saturday. We foresee Kyozon becoming the go-to night spot on Crescent street, attempting to revive the tourist-laden area.

1458 Rue Crescent, Montréal, QC H3G 2B7
(514) 439-8383

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