by Jenina Singh, staff writer
| In the midst of Chinatown’s increasingly
thriving art scene, the Brasserie offers a bit of the arts itself,
its stained wood floors, antique mismatched furniture, and French
inspired music recreating a European café.
Specializing in world wines, the Brasserie carries more than
100 different vinatges with origins ranging from Napa Valley
to Argentina, and from Italy to Australia. The red wines are
hands down the favorite among most guests, according to Kevi
Keenom, a waitress at the restaurant
Connoisseurs like the complexity of red wine,” Keenom said, “but
the white wines are just as fantastic.”
Eventually, owner Dave Stewart, the restaurant will have 300
wines—both old world and new world.
What’s more appealing than the list of wines is the design
of the restaurant. Inspired by the building itself, Stewart,
who also owns Indigo and Bar 35, decided to use the three-part
building structure to create the wine bar’s three separate
themes. Each rooms offers its own feel and comfort.
The courtyard, nestled in the building’s center, is positioned
between the main room and back bar. With red brick work and French-
style tables, it is a pleasant setting for an afternoon cappuccino
or an evening glass of wine.
Clever design emphasizes the ambience with stairs leading to
a mock doorway and lit windows of mock buildings.
The back bar, with its fireplace, offers the same comfort and
hominess, but with a little more spice. Colorist John Stobbs
decided to offset the color scheme with a deep- blue cabinet
behind the bar
The Brasserie serves a demographic that enjoys a classic bistro
feel; here they can read the paper or grab a bit to eat and relax
without the stigma of a bar.
Wine starts at $7 and can get pricey, with the most expensive
bottle at $3,000, a 1947 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac,
from Bordeaux, France.
The Brasserie offers a variety of meats and cheeses and will
eventually offer tapas, small dishes of various cuisines. And
Stewart said he is developing a seafood special for Sundays:
something for every pallet.