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Bar Piquette

Bar Piquette is a wine bar with a chalkboard menu of regularly-changing wines and small plates.

Giving bistro vibes, this project from Grant van Gameren and sommeliers Nathan Morrell and Ellen Shrybman is an intimate locale to sip on a huge range of wines from around the world. 

bar piquette torontoIt's super cozy and hovers between quaint and sleek, from the Parisian junk shop-bought blowfish lamp above the bar that inspired the Piquette logo to the drop-in ice cooler at the sink. 

Piquette offers a rotating selection of 80 to 100 labels of wine at a time, curated by Morrell and Shrybman, both formerl​​​​​​y of Bar Isabel and other van Gameren-owned spots in the city.

bar piquette torontoThe menu is flexible: whites, reds, roses, and sparkling wine available by the glass change multiple times a week, and can be found listed on the menus hanging above the olive green banquettes. Right now, you can get a glass of Le Sot de l'Ange from a magnum Sotisse bottle. 

bar piquette torontoIf you're really keen on a particular glass, the staff might just crack open a new bottle at your request — it really depends.

bar piquette torontoA beautiful custom wooden cabinet houses all the wines by the bottle, which range anywhere from the affordable $40 range up to rare finds for more than $200. 

bar piquette torontoEvery bottle is accompanied with charming hand-written descriptions, which helps if you don't consider yourself a wine expert but find the idea of an "oh-so-crushable" wine (the 2017 Envinate 'Lousas' wine, $105) appealing. 

bar piquette torontoThe food menu offers a lean selection of seasonal eats, like a salad ($1o) with tomatoes from Prince Edward County, basil, and slices of guanciale. 

bar piquette torontoA mortadella sandwich ($5) is one of the big hits. Milk buns from Thuet come stacked with mortadella, pickled fennel, and garlic mayonnaise. 

bar piquette torontoThe duck lover parfait ($14) comes from Sanagan's, and served with a pear compote and toast. 

bar piquette torontoA habanero fennel salad ($9) has radishes, tomato sauce, bonito shavings and a trini pepper vinaigrette. 

Cozy and approachable, Bar Piquette isn't just for the bottle savants, though you might know a thing or two more about wine after piquette toronto

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