Now that road-trip-and-patio season is around the corner, Cove Bar and Restaurant in Oakville, Ontario will be the perfect destination for indulging in seafood cuisine, or sipping on tropical cocktails while enjoying the beautiful view of the harbour through their patio, reminiscent of a beach bar.
“The restaurant is known for receiving 2019’s Best Patio Talk of the Town Award.”
On April 12th, Cove Bar and Restaurant was opened (by owner Michael Mercanti of Yolanda’s Spuntino Casa, Edge Hospitality, Ace Hill Beer, Parts and Labour, Compass Restaurant, and East Room) and the patio space and menu transformed into an oceanic theme, fitting for the view just beyond their floor-to-ceiling glass windows. With the addition of string lights, heated floors, and the change of the car booth seats from a pink to a royal blue colour the ambiance was inviting, fun, and romantic.
The 130-seater restaurant was formerly known as Yolanda’s Spuntino Casa, and parts of it remain familiar to visitors. The indoor dining space was built in 1840. Also, some of the menu items, such as the aperol, branzino, caesar salad, were the recipes originally from Yolanda’s.
Along with the incorporation of its Italian roots, Cove Bar & Restaurant’s new dishes focuses on fresh, sustainable seafood with a North-American flare. For example, the oysters and jumbo shrimp are sourced from Prince Edward Island and British Columbia.
The kitchen is led by Head Chef Phil Haydon (of Oxley in Downtown Toronto). Many of the dishes have both refreshing and comforting elements, where contemporary flavours are elevated with a generous variety of ingredients. A memorable one is the coconut curry mussels, which are also sourced from Prince Edward Island. Three litres of coconut milk is simmered in a curry broth, making the perfect sauce for the textures of the seafood.
The branzino is oven-baked, then flash-grilled to perfection. It is served de-filleted with roasted potatoes, asparagus, and olives, making for a complete and hearty dish.
The nachos (with pico de gallo, pickled onions, jalapenos, cheddar, cotija cheese, & chamoy sauce), fried chicken sandwich, and linguine vongole (with baby clams) are just some of the mouth-watering options available at the restaurant.
With beautiful cocktails and either surf or turf fare, Cove Bar & Restaurant is an inviting destination for a weekend meal or intimate private events for a celebration by the water.
Photos by Nick Lee