***Sadly this Restaurant is Closed***
We first tried Anabel Bar & Vin at Oysterfest in 2014, and later on for dinner that same year. We still have dreams about the fried gnocchi with lardons in a crab sauce poutine from their booth at Oysterfest. Their interesting poutine prompted us to quickly make a reservation and we soon fell in love with this Outremont restaurant.
Anabel Bar & Vin has a relaxed atmosphere and full bar to satisfy your boozy needs. Unfortunately for the Divas, the event ran out of Prosecco early so we were forced to buy drinks instead of enjoying complimentary wine or cocktails which is the usual practice for media events. We’ll let that transgression slide Anabel Bar & Vin because we have had good experiences with you guys 😉
The bar served interesting cocktails and the event was packed with a DJ spinning lounge music. The Divas were joined by Peaches, it was her birthday after all, and we socialized with bloggers and friends while we waited for the canapés to come out of the kitchen.
The salmon tartare with tobiko, salicorne (also called sea asparagus) and cucumbers sat on a deep fried crispy rice cake. This time the cake was a bit too thick for our liking but we had tried this appetizer on a previous visit and loved it, so it may have just been the canapés that were off. The salmon was creamy, the salicorne added a salty element and the cucumber was refreshing. The crispy rice added a textural element and a bit of starch to the tartare.
The salmon gravlax with dill infused cream cheese and fennel with rich mujjol caviar was a success! The curled fish and caviar sat on a flavoured cream cheese bed which was on bread. The fish was fresh and though we tried two salmon canapés in a row, they tasted very different.
The crispy pork belly canapé was dry; it was missing some of that glistening fat typical to pork belly. It sat on marinated green papaya that didn’t particularly stand out.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to try many canapés but we know from previous visits that Anabel Bar & Vin is worth dining at. They have some creative dishes that can only be categorized as part of that “Canadian cuisine” made popular by Martin Picard, David McMillan and others. Happy Birthday Peaches, and Anabel Bar & Vin, you have made the Outremont restaurant scene that much more trendy!
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