CFN– It’s always great to get a new eatery here in Cornwall Ontario; especially when you have a Chef that’s not afraid to be different and creative like Chef Christian Barque and his team at Bar Q which opened last week at the corner of Pitt Street and First. (The entrance is on First Street – don’t be confused by the locked door on Pitt)
In a way it’s a homecoming for Mr. Barque as he was part of the Fusion Grill that was previously in the space.
That’s about as close to Fusion as Bar Q gets as they did a truly lovely redesign. Frankly the only real beef (pardon the pun) about Bar Q is that it doesn’t seat that many people and you really should call for reservations if you wish to eat there most nights. It’s got a warm cosy feel which truly will be appreciated in the Fall and Winter not that Spring and Summer don’t work. It’s cosy and almost cliquey as demand so far out strips space.
The menu is focused on basics done in Mr. Barque’s style. I had the Risotto Balls ($9.00 )pictured above which had a lovely warm and comfort food feel mixed with a fusion of flavours from the sausage, chipotle sauce and tomato base. As Stephanie the Manager shared you have to cut them and cut them again to get the full mix of flavour with each bite.
For my entree I chose beef flank steak with some lovely lobster and fingerling potato salad. ($25) Bar Q knows it’s meat as it’s basically a steak and seafood house. As lovely and refreshing were the cold fingerling potatoes and my favorite beets; the steak was the star. Flank steak is not the easiest meat to work with and after marinating in Truffle oil and expertly prepared it was truly worth the experience.
It was lovely seeing Rachel who used to be at Schnitzels working the floor. Service is huge when you’re paying a premium at a restaurant and there was no shortage of staff on the floor even though the space isn’t that large. My wait time was not terribly long and the food arrived as anticipated.
My one peeve was the wine list which I did not find terribly expansive and was disappointed that the only wine available by the glass was from Ontario (I’m not a huge Ontario wine fan) but this is more my own peccadillo than a fault of Bar Q.
A few other tiny issues ( I wasn’t a fan of their cutlery and napkin) that all new restaurants usually go through, but for Cornwall Ontario it’s a great addition to the downtown strip that surely will be stiff competition for Table 21 and Schnitzels.
My entree and appy were $45 with tip & tax (I pay for all of my food when reviewing) so the Bar (get it, bar 🙂 ) is set high for Bar Q. They will have to perform as consistently well as they did this Friday night at their price points.
Their monster steak has been raved about by esteemed local food diva Miss Steak already as well by other foodies locally.
Bar Q is open Tue – Sat: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am and for lunch Wed-Friday.
Reservations are a must (613) 935-3337.