The Junction Triangle continues to pop with worthwhile new restaurants. Roux (love the name) is one of the standouts. Its lunchtime and I’m here with my mom on her birthday. I asked her what she thought of the décor and loved her answer: “it’s got that rustic tavern sort-of-feel, similar to a cellar in the old days” and she continues, “joyfully nostalgic, all that’s missing is thick cigarette smoke”. Exposed brick and wood keep the room warm, but the archaic bar stools reveal an underlying edge. The menu is both Southern and French. Chef Derrick Markland treats each ingredient with respect and plates with the utmost attention to detail. Our bartender, however, could use a lesson or two in the art of serving.
Wine on tap, Roux own blend of un-oaked Chardonnay or Cabernet, a large pour for 6$. To start, a mix of Beausoleil, French Kiss and Raspberry point oysters. Next arrives a colourful and very balanced chop salad $10 (carrot peas, avocado, cherry tomato, corn, apple cashew sesame) sided with a savory miso vinaigrette. Peppery Cajun Ontario trout $12 – delicate and delicious – served with pickled fennel, chickpeas, lentil and raspberries. Rounding out the afternoon with a last minute order of Mill Street Tank House east coast mussels $12, so plump and juicy the only accompaniment could be the freshly cut salty fries – a mix of both sweet potato and gold.