With a french bistro aesthetic and a back alley courtyard that is right out of a European square, the restaurant offers a dining experience that is pleasing to the eye as well as the stomach. A wonderful tin ceiling, comfortable banquet seating along one wall, and an impressive bar anchor the inside. Cafe tables and a gem of a courtyard offer outdoor dining under a heated canopy.
You will need to save room for dessert. The banana split (caramelized banana on french vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and graham crumble) will have you at hello. Creme brûlée, cheese plates, cheesecakes and mousse – the menu changes but the chef’s commitment to save the best for last stays true no matter the season.
If you’re coming to Kingston, follow the restaurant on Twitter (@ChienNoirBistro). They’re better than most restaurants at social media, and the teasers on soup of the day and what local ingredients are on the menu will have you anticipating your visit.
While a restaurant styled after a French bistro may not be entirely indicative of local culture and lifestyle, Chien Noir is actually very “Kingston.” From it’s location as an anchor on the Brock Common alley way to the incorporation of local ingredients and wine on the menu, the restaurant is a favourite of locals who are dining out. Make it part of your stay in Kingston. Tweet about it! Bon appetit!
Reservations on Fridays or Saturday nights are recommended, especially if there is a major event happening downtown.
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