Opened last year, Bar Begonia has become a local favourite. Situated on Dupont Street near the subway, Bar Begonia’s dark and unusual facade seem uninviting, but the smiling Lite-Brite face on their sign suggests otherwise. Inside, it’s a bustling Parisian-style bistro, complete with closely-crammed together tables, Matisse-style line drawings on the walls, and a marble bar.
Begonia is the brainchild of Anthony Rose, a restaurateur who has single-handedly transformed this part of Dupont into a miniature foodie-heaven. Begonia is his latest project, a departure from his BBQ and comfort food roots. Nonetheless, when he’s tackling daintier French cuisine, he clearly knows what he’s doing.
I recommend coming here for late dinner and drinks, French-style. Order a bottle of wine from their carefully curated list, or try one of the expertly-made cocktails. Might I recommend an Absinthe Frappe? Its liquorice twang will rest on your tongue for hours.
You can’t come here and skip the snacks. Dig into delicate gougeres, ribbons of jambon de bayonne, salads of trout and fingerling potatoes, and veal sweetbreads in parsley butter. Cleanse the palate with another cocktail, or order a bottle of the funky, hay-flavoured Cote Albret cider, and imagine you’re rolling around a meadow in Provence with your new amoureux. Brunch here is also top-notch.
I’d suggest arriving and expecting to wait- this place is very happening. Pop down the street to the local pub and have a pint in the meantime. I promise, it’s well worth the wait.