Just in time for the summer festivities, the JEGantic group of restaurants opened Yoko Luna, the largest restaurant and cabaret in Canada, on May 26.
The supper club, which specializes in Nikkei cuisine, is located at 1234 rue de la Montagne in Montreal, in this huge building that has alternately housed nightclubs and restaurants over the years.
Yoko Luna: supper club, terraces and bar
Covering nearly 20,000 square feet, Yoko Luna has several areas:
- a Japanese whiskey bar/workshop;
- The Luna Lounge: a separate lounge for guest reception and cocktails;
- The Koi Pond and the Louis XIII experience, 2 semi-private VIP areas;
- 2 summer terraces and
- Yoko’s Garden, the 6000 square foot main dining room.
The atmosphere of the bars and lounges is hushed and chic and gives way to a beautiful and green decoration for the main dining room.
In Yoko’s garden, it is certainly the 15 feet high geisha that catches the eye first.
The plants hanging from the walls, the green benches and the mural complete the room.
A menu of Nikkei cuisine
At Yoko Luna, the menu was developed by JEGantic ‘s Executive Chef Andrew Bambino and Chef Hakim Chajar.
What is Nikkei cuisine? It is simply the fusion between Japanese and Peruvian cuisine.
The choice of the name, Yoko Luna, combines these two origins with the words child of the sun and the moon.
Some dishes clearly stood out from the crowd, such as the Luna ceviche, made with bluefin tuna, yuzu “leche de tigre”, jalapeno dashi and cancha corn.
We also liked the king crab mille-feuille, made of crab, miso yogurt and served on a fried potato mille-feuille with Siberian caviar.
Also not to be missed are the sesame glazed ribs with chancaca syrup, gochujang, sour cream and Thai basil chimichurri and the 24k banana crème brûlée with white chocolate and miso flan and gold leaf.
On the drinks side, the cocktail menu was developed by Montreal mixologist Lawrence Picard.
The Geisha, Yoko Luna’s signature cocktail, is made with passion fruit Alizée, blood orange, lime and vodka.
There is also a selection of sake, wine, cognac and Japanese whisky.
Yoko Luna in a nutshell
A perfect spot for tasty cocktails, a festive atmosphere, stunning decor and especially, to spend a nice evening around a good meal.
1234, rue de la Montagne, Montreal