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Apr 4, 2011 06:47 PM

Who stole La Merveille du Vietnam - unacceptable food!

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.

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.

          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.

            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.

          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"...

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              1. 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...