Another retro appetizer was the hot crab dip topped with panko bread crumbs that were served with Triscuit crackers. In fact, the boxes of Triscuits were also prominently displayed on another shelf. This was apparently based on a recipe that Hopgood's mother used to serve at cocktail parties in the 80s. The waiter told us that they used to try to make their own crackers, but the result tasted exactly the same as the Triscuits. Most of the appetizers were in the $14-16 range.
We've also tried the tender veal cheeks with turnip puree, shoots and slices, served with a beer stout and beet reduction, and sprinkled with toasted hazelnuts for an added crunch. The mains ranged from $22-27.
The result is an explosion of flavours and textures that have to be experienced to be believed. This bar is so good that I'm tempted to order it for appetizer and main course as well as dessert. It comes conveniently wrapped up in paper and a string, which makes it perfect for taking home a few extra bars. Perhaps I need to bring along a cooler next time.
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