Hexagon is world class – Restaurant Review

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Hexagon is world class –  Restaurant Review
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Nolan A Machan

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Hexagon is where delicious food meets art. In 2018 Toronto Life rated Hexagon as one of the GTA’s top restaurants. This level praise is not easily won when a restaurant is charging five-star prices. It isn’t perfect, but it comes within a 10th of a millimetre.

Located in Downtown Oakville’s Towne Square, residents were disappointed by the closure of the Green Bean. The café was a staple of downtown life. We all wondered why anyone shutters a successful business. Then it became clear that the old Atelier Grigorian and the Green Bean were being merged.

Was a new and larger café being built? However, construction was taking a long time – 2 years. Why would a café take such a long time to build? There were rumours about it becoming a champagne bar, and the liquor license was holding up the process.

Hexagon

Interior

What arrived is a sleek contemporary space with windows which open to a spacious outdoor patio. The patio is surrounded by planters with softly shaped boxwoods.

There is also this curious space off to the side with a huge marble and glass bar. It is different than the rest of the restaurant.

I’ve now eaten at Hexagon three separate times: once for dinner with friends,  for lunch with a wine expert, and finally for brunch with my lovely wife.

Our close friends have eaten in Michelin rated restaurants all over Europe. Collecting for 30 plus years, the wine expert has a private collection of 2,500 top vintages from around the globe. My wife is one of the few people who can taste something, identify every ingredient, and recreate the dish. For my part, I just love to eat.

Ambiance

Hexagon

Interior

The modern interior space is inviting, the seating is comfortable, there is a floating oval fireplace, and the kitchen opens up into the dinning room. The seating is a combination of individual chairs and benches. Regardless of how many people are in the restaurant you can have a pleasant conversation.

Dinner

The food is what truly sets Hexagon apart. For our first experience we all chose the 9 course tasting menu. It is $130.00, and an additional $70 for the wine pairing. This price point can be intimidating, but is worth every penny. Each course is a work of art. However, beyond it being beautiful, the taste experience is accessible, and surprising. There is also a choice of a 4 course prix fix at $85 or an à la carte menu.

As an examples:

  1. Wine pairing with each course consisted of either a glass of wine or a carefully crafted cocktail.
  2. Dessert was a hanging chocolate sphere which was freeze-dried. When you tapped it, it shattered and what out came appeared to be snowflakes.

The menu does change regularly.

When you think about the price, consider what it would cost to go out for dinner and a play.

Lunch

The à la carte lunch menu was small but well-considered. The prices are reasonable for the environment, level of service, and quality of food. For this meal I asked the wine expert to come along. I don’t drink, so I can’t make an informed decision. We ordered an appetizer, main course and dessert. The sommelier was asked to choose the best wine for the appetizer and main.

When we ordered dessert the sommelier also provided us with a complimentary glass of ice wine. He mentioned that this wine went well with my dessert. I offered my guest to sample the wine with my dessert. From the smile that went across my guest’s face, the choice was perfect.

All through lunch the two of them discussed wines from the year, region, to the nuances of each vintage. Hexagon’s sommelier is an expert.

Brunch

Hexagon

Heuzos Rancheros

For brunch my wife and I sat down to an à la carte menu, a selection which might be considered typical brunch items. However, again what stood apart was the chef’s creativity. My wife ordered Heuzos Rancheros.   This showed how a great chef takes a simple dish and makes it a gastronomic delight.  Again the prices were reasonable.

Service

The service at lunch and dinner was perfect.

At dinner not only was the service beyond reproach, the chef came out to explain certain dishes.

During lunch I dropped something on my shirt. The server noticed immediately and came by with a small bottle of spring water, and a cloth napkin.

Only at brunch did service slip. When we walked in, brown shipping boxes were in plain view.  The sugar bowl was so small that the majority of the sugar ended up on the table not my spoon. Possibly sprinkling the sugar over my cappuccino would have been better – it didn’t occur to me. Then, we ordered from the dessert cart. When the waiter served this very delicate and beautiful creation, it fell over. The waiter made no attempt to rectify the mistake.  None of these slips could be considered significant, and did not ruin our experience.

Hexagon

Hexagon Cafe

P.S. Though I don’t want to share this, the curious space to side is Hexagon’s café. It serves the best croissants this side of Paris. The secret is out, and now I’ll never find a seat.

The rank for Hexagon is 4.99 out of 5.

Hours:

  1. Lunch: Wednesday to Saturday – 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
  2. Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday – 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  3. Brunch: Saturday & Sunday – 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Hexagon Restaurant

Towne Square
210 Lakeshore Road East
Oakville, ON
Tel: (905) 844-1286

Hexagon is a place for a special meal, or for foodies who love surprise and perfect execution. I look forward to my next visit.

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. Tyler CollinsTyler Collins says:

    I haven’t been to Hexagon, but I’ve only heard incredible things about it. It’s been #1 on my Oakville restaurant list forever – I can’t wait to try it!


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