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What’s on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country’s best young chefs

By Renée Suen| Photography by Renée Suen
What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs

Name: Hexagon Contact: 210 Lakeshore Rd. E., Oakville, 905-844-1286, hexagonrestaurant.com, @hexagonrestaurant
Neighbourhood: Oakville Previously: The Green Bean Owners: Artur Koczur (7 Enoteca, The Green Bean) Chef: Sean MacDonald (Calgary’s Market Restaurant)

The food

Modern and contemporary French dishes that draw from an international pantry: sable fish dressed with a white mole sauce, prawn “hot dogs” on brioche and a dessert piñata (yes, a piñata) of banana crème brulée. The short à la carte lunch menu includes bistro classics like steak frites and French onion soup. For dinner, guests can choose between a four-course tasting menu ($60) and a nine-course carte blanche one ($130). A version of MacDonald’s winning duck dish from the 2016 San Pellegrino Young Chef competition made it onto the menu. The bird—aged for three weeks, then roasted—is sided with black garlic paste, sea buckthorn jelly and savoy cabbage.

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Bar snacks include these prawn hot dogs, served in top-cut brioche buns with chives and mustard. $10.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Sable fish with frilled gai lan, white mole made from a sesame seed emulsion fortified with raisins, black sesame, grapes, shiso and water chestnut.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Charred octopus, water chili emulsion and salsa negra tortillas.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Tournedos Rossini: tenderloin, seared foie gras on brioche, a Bordelaise sauce made with braised beef tongue, pickled turnips and fresh shaved truffles.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
The Creamsicle includes raspberries three ways (freeze dried, gel, ice cream), tonka bean mousse and scorched vanilla syrup.

 

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What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
The signature Piñata dessert is a collaboration between MacDonald and his sous chef, who is from Mexico.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
It’s white chocolate shell is smashed to release chocolate pearls and candied hazelnuts, that land on a bed of black banana ice cream and banana crème brûlée.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Chef Sean MacDonald.

 

The drinks

There’s French wine, of course, and cocktails courtesy of Jed Boller. His signature tipples incorporate spirits infused with savoury ingredients, and are meant to complement MacDonald’s dishes.

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Hexagon: green chartreuse, white brandy, pineapple, lime, lavender syrup and basil. $18.

 

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What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
French 75: champagne, cognac (or gin), lemon and sugar. $20.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Pine nut old fashioned: toasted pine nut bourbon, sugar, chocolate bitters. $18.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Béarnaise: dry vermouth, gin, egg white, lemon, pinch of salt, pink peppercorn. $18.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Bar manager Jed Boller.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Servers wheel the bar cart around to guests interested in a digestif.

 

The space

The 48-seat space (named after France’s hexagonal shape) includes a semi-private dining room next to the open kitchen. In the summer, a patio in Oakville’s Town Square can accommodate another 20 diners.

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Here’s the semi-private dining room.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
Hexagon Restaurant. Photo by Renée Suen
What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs
And the patio.

 

What's on the menu at Hexagon, a new French restaurant in Oakville from one of the country's best young chefs

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