CHEF ZANE CAPLANSKY, CAPLANSKY’S DELI “I used to call chef Jon Poon “the boy genius” of my neighbourhood scene. That was a few openings ago. Maybe King Midas is more fitting these days. Everything he makes is delicious. Truly. I can’t remember a misstep”
POST CITY’S TAKE: Paris Paris is a wine bar for the ages. Above, large skylights let in oodles of light, and large picture windows are opened come warm weather, allowing the DuWest streetscape to merge with the restaurant atmosphere. Successful chefpreneur Jonathan Poon, also of Bar Fancy and Superpoint, and partner Jesse Fader have delivered a menu with exactly the kind of food they want to eat. This unhurried wine bar provides the ideal backdrop for sipping wine while snacking on plates of tasty food. The wine list comes courtesy of somm Krysta Oben, who will helpfully guide thirsty patrons through her (often) natural and biodynamic picks. Think a by-the-glass red blend from their winemaker pals in Niagara or a cheap ’n’ cheerful Vinho Verde from Portugal. What to eat? Organic sourdough bread is almost unbelievably delicious and demands to be lathered in the accompanying whipped butter. Every last smidge of it. There are oysters to slurp from the East Coast, and charcuterie options like mortadella and chorizo are cured in-house. Bigger but still-shareable bites include a roast half chicken laced with heat-packed piri piri oil or black pepper linguine tossed with fennel sausage and dandelion. Sip, snack, savour. 1161 Dundas St. W.
“Paris Paris is taking wine off of its pedestal and making it something more accessible and less intimidating. It’s a place that is meant for all walks of life. So bring a date or bring your (chef) friends or bring your parents/grandparents and take in the energy of the room, enjoy their company, try the food and drink the grape juice.”
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