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What’s on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis

By Renée Suen| Photography by Renée Suen
What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis

Name: Après Wine Bar Contact: 1166 Queen St W., 647-292-3317, apreswinebar.ca, @apreswinebar
Neighbourhood: Queen West Chef-owner: Jeff Kang (Canis, Bosk) Sommelier Adam Ashukian (Canis)

The food

A changing selection of small snacks and sharing dishes inspired by the food Kang and his staff enjoy eating with wine: Canadian oysters with house-made hot sauce, cured meat, beef tartare, braised ribs, a fried fish sandwich and more. The major focus here is the wine—Kang wants Après to be the place people go after a meal at Canis.

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
Here’s some bresaola that’s been aged with koji, and served with pickled beets and cauliflower. $11.

 

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
The beef tartare mixes chopped tenderloin with sunflower seeds, anchovies, crispy potatoes and crème fraiche. It’s served with a spiced naan-style bread. $17.

 

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
Salt Spring Island mussels on potato pavé, with caramelized whey and herbs. $16.

 

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
Fogo Island snow crab topped with house-made XO sauce. $19.

 

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
Squid stuffed with peanut romesco and rice hide under translucent sheets of guanciale. $21.

 

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What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
Braised beef short ribs are coated in a black bean glaze made from fermented sake, beef and mushroom jus. They’re served with a radish slaw. $29.

 

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
The ice cream sandwich features a slab of buckwheat koji semifreddo. $4.

 

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
Chef-owner Jeff Kang (left) with GM and sommelier Adam Ashukian, both of Canis.

 

The drinks

A changing selection of low-intervention wines, including many small-lot finds from places like Austria, Australia and South Africa. “The number one rule is that it has to taste good,” Ashukian says. “Just being low-intervention or natural doesn’t mean it will make the cut.” Bartender Kasra Khorramnejad (La Palette, The Cloak Bar) uses flavours from the kitchen’s menu to create a tight and constantly changing cocktail list.

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
The current by-the-glass options include a number of entry level wines that are vibrant, fresh, and lower in alcohol.

 

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What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
A sample lineup of the Australian bottles on offer, including Ochota Barrels and Jauma.

 

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
Unique skin-contact contingents from New Zealand include unfiltered Cloudwalker, Transit of Venus, and Naturalist, a naturally fermented vintage sparkling wine.

 

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
Current South African offerings include Nothing to Declare, Master of None, and Orbit of Frontal Cortex.

 

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
There are also some wines from the southeast of Sicily, including newly DOCG-designated COS and Occhipinti.

 

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
The Bolur is made with a citrus-forward gin, verjus and white vermouth. $15.

 

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What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
The Pandora is a pandan-based sour made with tequila, chartreuse, kombu and egg white. It’s topped with fresh nutmeg, and served in a matcha-coated glass. $15.

 

The space

Like Canis, Apres is minimalist in design. The space seats 60 between the bar, banquettes and communal tables. Come summer, the Queen-facing garage door windows will open up to accommodate a few additional tables.

What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis
What's on the menu at Après, a new wine bar from the team behind Canis

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