Whether you’re looking to grab a quick bite before heading out to meet friends or you’re feeling a little peckish, a bar menu is always a good option. And now at Wienstein & Gavino’s, they’re offering an exclusive bar menu with six different dishes as well as a cocktail.
We tried their Punch Drunk Love signature cocktail which, when described to us, sounded a little too sweet for our liking with peach schnapps and the like. So they changed it up a bit, adding bitters and the Divas’ favourite spirit: gin. It was refreshing and light and a great pairing with our small plates.
We tried four of the six menu items starting with the smoked salmon sandwich. All the elements are delicious but the fig in the sandwich was the star, although the star should have been the smoked salmon. The sandwich was fresh but each bite that had fig in it dominated the smoked salmon.
Next up were the arancini, which, if you’re not familiar with, are stuffed rice balls, traditionally with mozzarella, sauce and peas. At Wienstein & Gavino’s, the arancini are stuffed with goat cheese and sun-dried tomatoes for a little tang, though the sun-dried tomatoes didn’t come through on the flavour-front. The mozzarella was perfect melted and the spinach was a nice addition. They were deep-fried with a nice thin crispy coating, and they sat in a pool of spicy tomato sauce.
The mini hamburgers were good as well, though a little less bread would have made them perfect. The toasted bun held all the ingredients together, however, it almost seemed like there was more bread than meat. The combination of the arugula and garlic aioli was a nice nod to summer.
The wings were by far our favourite dish of the night. Their wings are deep fried so they are crunchy on the outside but the chicken is still tender on the inside. The BBQ sauce was made with chinotto, an Italian soda with a bitter flavour. It’s definitely a messy dish but trust us, you’ll be licking your fingers clean!
Wienstein & Gavino’s has been around for 20 years and you don’t last that long in the restaurant industry unless you have some idea of what you’re doing. It may not be a five-star restaurant but you will leave satisfied, and that’s how Wienstein & Gavino’s has been around for 20 years!
Our Rating: As Expected
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