Last Friday night, I went to &Company Resto Bar (aka “AndCoRestoBar” for all their social media handles) (295 Enfield Place) out near Square One in Mississauga. This establishment has been around since December 2011 and has become a hub for social events and nightlife since then. We drove there and found the venue pretty easily with its purple lights and fire manning the giant doors.
The doors were opened for us, we were greeted, and brought to coat check before getting seated at our table. The service and transitioning was so seamless and welcoming. Our reservation was at 8pm and the restaurant only had a few other customers in a such a spacious setting. The lower part actually gets cleared and becomes a dance floor for nightlife afterwards! Immediately I found this place interesting for being part-fine-dining, part-lounge, part-club, and even part-sports-bar with its numerous TVs playing the hockey and basketball games. It all ties in to their philosophy of bringing people together – their slogan is, “Life’s better when you’re in good company.”
We had drinks to start:
HANSON CELLARS, RED ZINFANDEL, CALIFORNIA
full-bodies, but not overly ripe, and has layers of flavour on the palate
6oz: $10 | 9oz: $14
crisp with an excellent structure and balanced acidic presence
6oz: $9 | 9oz: $13
Now on to the food portion of this experience! The new menu was entirely curated by their new Executive Chef, Ron Stratton, and offers a ‘contemporary twist on classic cuisine’, or, “fine familiar” cuisine. In other words, it takes some familiar dishes and upscales them into fine dining.
With this knowledge, we then placed our orders and each got a starter.
DUCK CONFIT POUTINE
hand-cut russet chips topped with brome lake duck leg confit, marinated curds, tarragon gravy and onion crisps
Loved this! It didn’t seem like all that much considering instead of thin cut fries, there were about seven or so potato wedges (or hand-cut chips) used. With everything else going on in this dish, it was more than enough. It tastes as good as it looks and sounds, and there was a good amount of duck in ratio to the potato wedges. Highly recommend this one.
JUMBO TEMPURA SHRIMP
lime tempura with seasonal vegetables and rice wine vinegar
I ordered this dish curious to see why it was priced at $21. This dish has three skewered jumbo shrimp and an asparagus in tempura. I was really surprised to taste just how well the tempura went with the rice wine vinegar! I don’t know how I’ve never had that combination before. I’m salivating again just thinking about it. Not a huge deal, but I felt like the skewers were a little unnecessary and even a hindrance after the first few bites of the shrimp – I had some difficulty getting it off the skewer so I could dip it into the rice wine vinegar!
filet with light puff pastry, sweet corn purée, fresh buttered Ontario seasonal vegetables and red wine jus
This doesn’t look like much, but I was pretty happy with my choice of the salmon wellington. The pastry was particularly scrumptious, and it contained the salmon filet along with some vegetables. The sweet corn taste was very light but went well with the rest of the dish.
in-house dry aged 10 oz. steak with Ontario goat cheese scalloped potatoes, ratatouille vegetables and veal jus
Kevin felt the salmon wellington was a little flavourless, which we attribute at least partially to the steak he ordered being fairly salty. I know it’s supposed to be 10 oz., but I still couldn’t believe how thick and juicy it was. Kevin ordered it medium rare and that was perfect. There was actually less goat cheese than I was hoping there to be, but considering how heavy the dish is with the steak and potatoes, this was probably for the best, haha.
alize blue, triple sec, peach schnapps, blue caracao, maraschino cherry
2.25oz: $9 (on special: $4)
We finished our wine drinks with our appetizers, and decided on getting a pair of the martini special of the night: the modern “Tiffany Martini”. It’s so blue! It was also super sweet and tasted like candy: highly recommend if you’re into that in your alcoholic beverages!
artisanal cheese selection with “Fred’s” crostini, in-house preserves and fresh seasonal fruit
We had ordered the cheese mélange for dessert before we started eating our mains – I’m sure we would have enjoyed this dish more if we weren’t already so full, haha. Most of the cheese was on the lighter side, but I really liked all of them. I wish our server or food runner paused to give a little more information about each of our dishes, but particularly for this one with its variety of cheeses. I particularly also liked the raisin bread crostini and date spread.
After dinner, we ventured into the more open area with booths, and a DJ set atop a grand piano. How’s that for combining modern and traditional? We finished our dinner and paid our bill around 10pm. The DJ started around 10:30pm, signalling the start of the transition into nightlife at &Company. Unfortunately, Kevin and I didn’t stay long enough for the party to really get started. We liked the mix from the small sample we heard though, from reggae to “99 problems” to, Kevin’s favourite, Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic”.
Kevin and I enjoyed our food, drinks, and overall experience here! Our server, Lizzy, was friendly and attentive, and really the entire service staff was very sociable and efficient. On a side note, I noticed that there was only one unisex bathroom though – I wonder if that becomes more problematic in the evening. In any case, I’m happy we got to try this place out in Mississauga and would come back for more of that nightlife and drinks the next time we’re in the area.
Disclaimer: I was invited to preview the new menu and this meal was complimentary. However, the views and thoughts expressed are my own (and Kevin’s).