4720 Marquette. Laurier métro. BYOB
RESERVATIONS: 524-4187. HOURS: 6 p.m.I I p.m. Closed Mon. NO-SMOKING SECTION: No. WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes. PRICESTABLE DHÔTE: $16$25. CREDIT CARDS: Visa, Interac.
You can walk into Yoyo on a Saturday night or a Wednesday night and it just
doesn't matter: the food is always very good. Now that they've redone the decor in textured terra cottas and bistro-type wood detailing, a lot of the noise and smoke problems of the past have evaporated.
There is no table dhôte to speak of, although they do serve a soup with all the main dishes. There is always one extra entrée and one extra main dish on the chalkboard, which complements the printed menu. For starters, try the sauté de champignons mixtes à la crème de chevre, a combination we haven't seen beforeyou won't be disappointed. Equally good, but much lighter, was the salade fraîcheur aux avocats et aux agrûmes, a perfect starter for a summer meal. We both tried the soup, which was a vegetable medley, but it was on the salty side. For the main dishes, we tried the blanc de volaille chevrotin et épinards, which proved to be a delicious combination. Another dish we sampled was the côte d'agneau du Quebec aux fines herbes, a succulent feast only for those with a large appetite. For dessert, do try the crème brûlée, one of the better we've tucked into, or perhaps the assiette de fruits frais servis avec coulis et sauce au chocolat. With dishes such as these and the attentive, friendly service, its no wonder that Yoyo remains one of the best in the city.
The new renovations make for a much more pleasant dining experience, and the best table in the house has to be the semcircular nook at the far left end of the resto, and be sure to ask for it if the evening calls for a degree of intimacy. Still, if it were less noisy, and the menu changed just a little more often than each November, we'd be tempted to elevate Yoyo to our first five star BYOB.