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Arbar

Arbar is a wine bar with Italian fare and wine on tap, offering a wide selection of bottles from around the world to the neighbouring residents of CityPlace. 

Tucked behind Macho Radio Bar and across from Hunter's Landing, the restaurant is a smaller alternative to its neighbouring businesses, but features a spacious patio to make up for it. 

arbar torontoIt's surprisingly casual in here; contrary to what you'd expect from its website and exterior, Arbar – a play on the words "our bar" – feels more like a sports bar than a formal sit-down restaurant. 

arbar torontoWith TVs playing the latest game, DJ nights and live music on Wednesdays, Arbar is equal parts date spot and post-game hangout, also offering a list of cocktails and a handful of beers on tap.

arbar torontoTheir menu features eight taps pouring reds, whites, and rosés from the beloved winery capital of Canada, Niagara. 

arbar torontoFor $9 you can get a flight of three tap wines at two ounces each glass. It's an opportunity for newcomers to taste wines like the Creekside Sauvignon Blanc or the Henry of Pelham Baco Noir. 

arbar torontoStuffed behind some seating in an enclave of the restaurant sits the wine case, which holds between 45 and 55 bottles of wine from vineyards in Chile, France, Italy, Spain and South Africa, to name a few. 

arbar torontoPrices range from $33 – the Canadian Creekside Pinot Grigio – to $250 for the Billecart-Salmon champagne from France. If your level of discernment isn't quite at connoisseur-level, you can head over to the case and ask staff for some guidance. 

arbar torontoA glass of Arsangria ($11) comes with Duff Gordon brandy, peach schnapps, orange bitters and your choice of tapped wine. We get a white sangria mixed with the Angel's Gate Riesling. 

arbar torontoThe Arcocktail ($12) is a mix of dark rum, maple syrup, orange juice and rose water that lacks the kick of alcohol I'm looking for but has a punch of zesty orange from the West Indian bitters. 

arbar torontoWhile Italian from the outside, the food menu at Arbar is really a hodgepodge of dishes that resemble typical bar fare. Alongside fettuccine alfredo ($16) they also offer wings ($14) and teriyaki shrimp bowls ($19), items which totally detract from the wine bar experience. 

arbar torontoThe Arboards (if you haven't noticed, "ar" is a prefix for many items on this menu) come with your assortments of meat, cheese or a blend of both, and are served with a toasted garlic baguette. 

arbar torontoThey also have a seafood board ($24) which comes with smoked salmon, smoked mackerel and a small bowl of pickled shrimp, cuttlefish, octopus and squid.

arbar torontoMarinaded for a week in a mix of oil, sriracha and other spices, the pickled seafood is buttery and refreshing. 

arbar torontoThe Caesar salad (Arcaeser, sorry) is my favourite thing here. For $11 you get a huge bowl of romaine lettuce, homemade croutons, and Caesar dressing made in-house with a little apple juice and apple cider, making it a little sweeter and less garlicky than other types. 

arbar torontoThe Arbolognese ($20) has ground veal, tomato sauce and uses a blend of four wild mushrooms. Falling short of hearty, it's topped with parmesan cheese and served on a long plate. arbar torontoZucchini noodles ($18) are vegetarian and gluten free, with capers, sundried tomatoes, and rosemary-infused oil. Texturally, they were decent, but overly saucy and in need of some self-administered black pepper. 

arbar torontoTo finish off the meal, desserts like apple cranberry crumble and chocolate banana brownie cake are all $8. The order of cannoli comes with four pieces in an assortment of flavours that change weekly. 

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Hector Vasquez


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