Sometimes you need to unwind after a long day at work and what could be more relaxing than having a quick bite and a drink with friends to take your mind off things. Since drinking on the job is frowned upon (or so we’ve been told), the 5 à 7 is the perfect venue for grabbing a quick drink.
We started with cocktails, before switching over to Turkish wine. After all, if you’re going to indulge in a 5 à 7 Turkish style, might as well go all the way! The Divine Intervention was a delicious drink and something the Divas need more of according to our lovable Day Jobs & the NightLife. With a strong grapefruit flavour and a pinkish hue, the drink was the stronger of the two we tried. The Spritz de Neige was mellow, served with a slice of apple and ginger, giving it a warm apple pie kind of feel. They were served with their addictive spicy mixed nuts.
We absolutely loved the Jerusalem artichoke chips! They were light, crispy and perfectly seasoned. The perfect chips to dip into the Tarama, which is made with the roe of either cod, carp or mullet. While it might not appeal to a lot of people, be a little adventurous and give this deliciously creamy, and fishy, dip a try.
A natural accompaniment with wine is charcuterie, and at BarBounya they serve thick slices of headcheese with marinated vegetables including carrots, mushrooms and artichokes, with sundried tomatoes for tang and wonderful kasseri cheese. It was great when eaten along with their flatbread.
Again, not something you would usually find on a 5 à 7 menu, the sardines and potato dish was a bit more filling than the other dishes. The potatoes were warm while the sardines were served at room temperature. The vinaigrette and fresh herbs kept everything light, but again, this was not a favourite of ours.
The fried calamari at BarBounya is playfully served in a brown paper bag with a squeeze bottle of jalapeno mayo. We were glad to see that the tentacles were included! The coating was a bit too salty for our liking, but it was not too thick, and the calamari was tender.
The next time you’re looking for a 5 à 7 after work, don’t be afraid to try something new. BarBounya offers different flavours and plates that may surprise you, along with some great cocktails and wines. Try something outside your comfort zone, you’ll definitely find something different at BarBounya!
Our Rating: As Expected
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