In a city where the culinary standards are undoubtedly high, there are distinct neighbourhoods, where one is guaranteed, to find the best eats : Old Montreal, Griffintown, Plateau and the ever trendy & upscale, Laurier Street; home of Ryu.
Having opened its doors in 2011, Ryu managed to put itself on the Montreal foodie map, by offering contemporary Japanese Cuisine and sushi bar, with the use of freshly grown, local Quebec produce. And recently, on May 19th – it marked the launch of their new Spring/Summer menu; introducing an abundance of seafood options, using the finest of ingredients. Featured on this new menu, are the grilled octopus appetizer with Jerusalem artichoke puree and a shiso leave pesto, as well as a beet cured artic char, accompanied by beet salad and Burrata. With the theme being “Asian Fusion”, tapas style delights, this is a “share-friendly” zone – and we like it.
Owned by David Dayan, his aim is to keep things fresh for his clientele; by changing up the menu seasonally and most recently, with the launch of their After Dark Menu. The idea is to offer their late night crowd, some non-traditional dishes; from street food, to unique creations, taking influence from different cuisine types and techniques. Keeping to the theme of the street they reside, Ryu pays close attention to the details of their ambiance and decor. Think Miami meets Montreal; with its bold, yet inviting setting.
And there you have it, folks. A sexy joint, serving up some of this city’s best sushi & Japanese cuisine; catering to the tastes, of this provocative city. So, allow us to suggest Ryu, for your next 5 a 7 or late night out; preferably accompanied by a glass of savory sake (our choice is served hot, but of course) and equally, excellent company.
Written by Diana Eskander/ CITYGUIDE, KA Magazine