Dundas West has a new destination for natural wines and rooftop views with the opening of Bar Mignonette, the new sister wine bar to Patois. The new spot from chef Craig Wong is located on the second floor of Patois and features a rooftop patio overlooking the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood.
Bar Mignonette’s brief menu emphasizes light, boldly-flavoured bites such as melon and prosciutto, and a bread and butter pairing with Brodflour sourdough. Dishes, including the heirloom tomato with dashi vinegar jelly and Korean mint, play with the Asian and Caribbean influences for which Wong’s cooking is known. Seafood is also a major focus, with the restaurant featuring a raw bar as well as seafood-centred dishes like clams and pasta with black garlic and sake.
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Curated by sommelier Toni Weber (former beverage director at Giulietta), the wine menu is equally short but thoughtful, offering globe-spanning natural wines by the glass and bottle. The current line-up includes the aromatic 2019 Neon-Eon Tropicalia, an orange wine from Okanagan Valley, B.C., and a peppery Pineau D’Aunis from Loire, France.
In the works for over a year, Bar Mignonette’s opening plans were put on hold for months as a result of the pandemic. The restaurant has been sharing sneak peeks of its interior since early January, however, as it prepared to open, revealing an airy, tropically-themed space that’s a fitting match for its pared-down menu.
Lower-level sister restaurant Patois continues to offer its Caribbean-Asian fare for dine-in inside as well as on their street-facing patio. For those not ready to venture out to restaurants quite yet, Patois is also doing heat-at-home meal kits through Tock, which are filled with some of its most popular dishes like Jamaican curry black tiger shrimp and kimchi Brussels sprouts.
Bar Mignonette is open and taking reservations for its physically-distanced dining room and rooftop patio. Walk-ins are also welcome.