A couple of weeks ago before the Alton Brown Live show at the Fox Theater, we had dinner and drinks with friends at the Centaur Bar. It’s conveniently located just behind the Fox. The Centaur Bar has a huge selection of martinis along with wine and beer. On their website, their food menu looked a lot larger than what was actually available at the bar, but we still managed to find several things to order.
To drink, I started with a wasabi martini. I was hesitant to order it, but I thought what the heck! It was made with citrus vodka and a lot of wasabi powder. The wasabi had a tendency to sink so you had to stir it a lot or be faced with a super hot last gulp! It was good at the beginning, more mild, but quickly became overwhelming. I think it’s a good idea in general, but think the recipe and technique needs to be adjusted. Dave enjoyed his Afterglow martini, which was made up of cucumber vodka, lime and agave nectar.
To eat, we ordered the fire roasted tomato crostini with pesto, blackened chicken rolls, and gourmet mini burgers. I had wanted to order the mini croque monsieur, but it wasn’t available when we were there. Maybe next time!
The fire roasted tomato crostini with pesto were made out of roasted grape tomatoes and basil pesto on crusty baguette rounds with parmesan. They were very flavorful. The blackened chicken rolls were garlic herb cream cheese, blackened chicken, scallions and roasted red peppers wrapped in lavash with a side of sriracha-ranch. These were also very flavorful and moist. The Sriracha-Ranch was a nice accompaniment.
And finally the gourmet mini burgers, 3 Black Angus burgers with American cheese, sautéed onions, pickles, ketchup and mustard. The burgers were a good size and were nice and moist (compared to the hockey pucks we just had a Union Street). Even though the three plates where brought to the table stacked in a tower, the super-tiny size of the table made it difficult to juggle our food, cocktails, as well as our friends’ food and drinks, but we made it work.
If I hadn’t been so full, I would have loved to try the cheesecake lollipops.
For our second round of cocktails, I ordered a favorite of mine, an espresso martini and Dave tried the pumpkin martini, which he liked.
Overall our experience at the Centaur Bar was excellent. I was a little disappointed by the smaller food menu, but I now know to expect it. The atmosphere was nice and welcoming, sometimes I feel out of place at “hip” nightspots, but not here. The service was excellent. We were well attended on, but not bugged. And bonus, we got our martinis at happy hour prices even though we were there on a Saturday. Only $5 each! I would definitely visit the Centaur Bar again especially if I was seeing another show at the Fox Theater. It is only a 5 minute walk from the PeopleMover, so it would also be a good option for prior to a hockey game.