BarChef, a cocktail bar in Toronto, Canada doesn't just have bartenders, they are more like gastronomic innovators.
The cocktails served at this bar are meant to ignite the imagination and are truly multi-sensorial.
On the past "Across the Bar" episode below we visited BarChef to speak with and to watch Frank Solarik, co-owner and mastermind of the Toronto gem, work his magic as he prepares some of the bar's whimsical cocktails.
The bar has jars lining the bar containing over 5,000 oz bitters used as ingredients in the beverages.
Solarik and his team take a culinary approach to mixology, hence the name “BarChef".
“We put as much passion and care into these dishes as a chef would," says Solarik in the video below.
He was also inspired early on by chefs in the kitchens he worked at.
“One of my jobs was to finish the plates downstairs in the kitchen and working with the chefs, and I was totally amazed by the passion of everyone that was on that team and just the beautiful product that was going out of the kitchen, and the reaction from the guests and things like that,” says Solarik. “For me, it was a turning point in my life. I was just like, ‘I need to do this for a living.’”
Each cocktail is a piece of art.
The Night Blossom cocktail, for example, is made with cacao, chartreuse branch, maple and almond orgeat snow, mint and chartreuse, violet, bourbon, patchouli, Amaro, maraschino, rosemary, and balsam fir and honey. Then it is served with chopsticks and a ramen spoon.
Watch the episode below to see Solarik create this innovative cocktail, along with two others. Also, watch to learn what inspires him to craft these one-of-a-kind recipes.