Happening Gourmand 2015

Happening Gourmand 2015

January 14, 2015

in Old Montreal / Old Port, Sponsored

Being on par with other major cities in North America, Montreal hosts its far share of gastronomic culinary events throughout the year. For an entire month from January 8th to February 8th, Old Montreal is hosting its eighth annual Happening Gourmand. Modeled after the very successful Restaurant Week in New York City, the Happening Gourmand is one of the hotly anticipated food events that happen right after the holidays that welcome locals and visitors alike to eight different restaurants in Old Montreal that offer amazing prix fixe menus. I was asked by the restaurant group and managing public relations firm to host a dinner at one of their properties – Kyo Bar Japonais. Kyo, a place where I’ve been to before (my original review here,) and where I’ve enjoyed my meals in the past (which were not compensated), I had no problem representing this establishment and help promote the event and restaurant.

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Each restaurant offers a special table d’hôte menu at three price points of $21, $25 or $29. Kyo’s was $25 which included a choice four appetizers, four mains and two desserts. The Happening Gourmand menu also features a signature cocktail and wine pairings for an extra cost.

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I started with the adedashi tofu – fried tofu in a savoury dashi broth topped with nori and bonito flakes. Delicate cubes of silken tofu wading in a shallow pool of smokey and savoury broth.


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For the main, I had the tonkatsu. A panko crusted, deep-fried pork cutlet served with a Japanese coleslaw and steamed rice.

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The pork was juicy and the batter stayed crunchy until the end. The sauce was a bit sweeter than I’m used to, but this was probably one of the better tonkatsus I’ve had in a while.

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I had the doughnuts with condensed milk and black sesame for dessert. I don’t know what planet you’re on if you’re able to deny freshly made, hot doughnuts, dusted with sugar served with a bowl of condensed milk to dip in.


Kyo also offers a lunch special for $15 for the Happening Gourmand. This year, the event has partnered with Igloofest which will offer diners a discounted entry rate of $18.

A big thank you to Kyo for the great hospitality and to the Antonopoulos group for their invitation to sample what Happening Gourmand has in store for us this year. For more information about the event, check out their official website for restaurant details, menus and accommodation packages.


This is a sponsored post, thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Jes January 17, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Good job! 😉

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