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Who stole La Merveille du Vietnam - unacceptable food!

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We were in the area Saturday evening and decided to eat there for a quick snack after a long long walk all over the plateau on that beautiful sunny day.

I remembered having lunch there many years ago and had a decent dim sum right off the steamer. Not this time.....

I asked for for shrimp dim sum (har kao) and my wife took the gerneral tao chicken. We are not expecting great food since this more like a fast food style where all the plates are already cooked and on display in a fridge where they scoop the portion you want and nuked the food in their microwaves.

What we got was just unacceptable. My dim sum although microwaved were just dried out and part of the crust was hard. I didn't eat them, my wife general tao was so microwaved that it turn into mushy elastics. Then....That's where it hit me, that in top of that you had that odd smell and it was the plastic container that probably released its own flavors of the chicken. I'll remember to have food heated in a plastic free container next time I visit a similar place.

So if you want to be served a half decent meal, make sure you go around lunch time when the food is cooked and served within minutes. Or maybe order a la carte not from the display.

what a shame because once it was acceptable and good food for lunch! Where has their quality control went?

They also have a sushi bar in there but with the experience we had, very reluctant to even dare try a sushi from them.

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Merveille Du Vietnam (La)
4526 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J2L3, CA

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  1. was it ever good ? I went there a long time ago and there was no incentive to go back.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      it was always as described - never good

    2. I agree, it was never good. I went about 10 years ago and it was one of the worst food experiences I have had in this city.

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      1. re: hungryann

        This place used to be called "Yoy", right? Probably the worst meal I've ever had in town, too (file under: why I never grab food with vegetarians, pt 7).
        Even compared with other pre-made cafeteria-style places, this one scrapes the very bottom of the barrel. Plus terrible service - about 2 mins after sitting down with our food, they forced us to leave because they were closing.

        1. re: Shattered

          I think Yoy is their current name. La Merveille du Vietnam is their former name, but some people still call it this name.

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          Yoy Cafe
          4526 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J2L3, CA

          1. re: BLM

            I don't know how it is today, but when they changed the name to Yoy, they kept Merveille du Viet-nam on the delivery menus. I used to order a lot from them in the 90's. It was good for basic Vietnamese stuff. Their brochettes were good and their soups were ok. Their Chinese food was pretty terrible except for the Singapore noodles. The General Tao was downright awful.

            After they went cafeteria style and added sushi to the menu, it really went downhill.

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            Yoy Cafe
            4526 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J2L3, CA

            1. re: SnackHappy

              Yep, that makes sense on what happened. I still saw Merveille du Vietnam name was kept for their delivery menu. I wonder if they're doing better now(profit wise), when they switched to cafeteria-style at the restaurant.

              1. re: BLM

                theyre certainly not the only cafeteria style pan asian restaurant - theres a number of them on mt royal and one on st laurent. for some reason it is trendy amongst urban francophone plateauinites

                1. re: celfie

                  I think we need a new thread that identify Unacceptable places that disguise themselves as restaurants.

                  1. re: maj54us

                    i don't agree

                    1. re: celfie

                      I agree with Celfie.

                    2. re: maj54us

                      Define unacceptable.

                      1. re: maj54us

                        VERY GOLDEN IDEA!!!

          2. Oh, I know what this place is now that it's been identified as "Yoy."

            I made the mistake of ordering delivery from this place maybe one or two years ago. I thought, Hm, get some stir fry and maki rolls in one order sounds great! Geez, the food was so awful; I got the greasiest noodles I had ever tasted, along with the most tasteless (veg) maki rolls. Aren't I glad I didn't order raw fish. They even gave me coupons along with my delivery for my next order! I didn't dare give those to anyone, and wouldn't to my worst enemy.

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            1. re: looosia

              Yeah the coupons...great way to rip off more "customers"...

            2. Not to be snarky but what did you expect ordering a Chinese dim sum item from a "vietnamese" fast food-ish restaurant? Even if it was off the steamer, it wouldn't have been made fresh...

              1. What a bunch of cockadookie!!! Awful food!!! Just downright awful! They call themselves "La Merveille Du Vietnam"?!? HOW DARE THEY?!? There is nothing marvellous about this place, and to be quite honest, I don't think this is what they serve in Vietnam!

                Dumplings? General Tao Chicken? Beef Macaroni? ALL THAT'S CHINESE!!!!! Well...let me reformulate that: IT'S FAKE CHINESE!!!!

                Sushi??? You gotta be kidding me....is this some kind of joke???
                Well....to be real honest, I do love their huge Meat Imperial Rolls, and I find their Har Gow to be quite acceptable.
                Here are some suggestions where you can have much better quality meals of what Yoy serves:
                Har Gow -> New Dynasty
                General Tao Chicken -> Keung Kee
                Sushi -> Ichi Sushi

                Trust me, stay away from this place!

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                1. re: Har_Gow_Freak

                  Never tried Hakao at Dinasty (will try tough..)but my favorite up to now is at Ruby Red dim sum place or for take out (to steam home) at the store of the big buffet place on La Gauchetière (almost in front of Keung Kee I think..) Their shumai are a dream too and huge !

                  1. re: Michel_my

                    Although edible, their Har Gow aren't very fresh (as mainly all of their food), and tend to get hardened and doughy. Not the best for quality I can tell you that! Try their Rice Cakes (not made by the restaurant, they are made by Hung Hoi or something like that).
                    I do also like their Bart Simpson Cake for whatever that's worth, and I admit they do have a large selection of drinks, wines, beers & other alcohols. PS: Stay away from those greasy Shrimp Chips!!!

                    PS: I'm talking about YOY not New Dynasty.

                    1. re: Michel_my

                      Here are some of my favorites at New Dynasty:
                      -> Shrimp Fried Rice
                      -> Beef Chow Fun
                      -> Har Gow
                      -> Hot & Sour Soup
                      -> Har Moon
                      -> Salt & Pepper Chicken (no bones)
                      -> Cantonese Chow Mein
                      -> Hunan Beef
                      -> Shanghai Noodles

                      1. re: Har_Gow_Freak

                        Yummy ! Any place for tender green onions, salt and pepper squid (tsu yim yow yu?)

                        1. re: Har_Gow_Freak

                          @HGF: Are we talking about New Dynasty on Clarck south of rene-levesque?
                          It would be less confusing to start a thread for them.
                          I think they deserve their own thread, love their wonton soup.

                          1. re: maj54us

                            Yep that's the right one! If you want great service ask for Wallace as your waiter.

                            1. re: maj54us

                              Hey just created a new thread for the New Dynasty topic:

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/844001