Chakara Bistro & Bar's chefs prep a constantly evolving menu of original recipes influenced by Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Indian cuisines. Said chefs ditch MSG and food coloring when concocting their dishes, many of which feature noodles made in-house with a Taiwanese noodle press. Vegetables are always fresh, and vegetarians can order almost any menu item with tofu in place of a meatier protein. Takeout and catering services allow enjoyment of Chakara Bistro & Bar's one-of-a-kind flavor blends at home or upon a Sea-Doo.
When it comes to wine, David and Tasia Verno follow the same philosophy as Goldilocks: Why settle for one when you could try three? Trios of wines from across the world are thus a mainstay of their menu at Flight Wine Bar. These samplers come with themed names—Instant Zen and California Retreat, for example—and incorporate wines from Italy, Chile, France, and Germany in addition to the United States. There's the Bubbly Flight for sparkling wine enthusiasts, the alluring scents of Aroma Therapy, and Sweet Emotion, which matches a Red Newt riesling with a Bigi Orvieto Classico and an Elmo Pio moscato.
Of course, Flight Wine Bar also has wines available by the glass or bottle. In addition, the staff furnishes tables with artisanal snacks. Guests can order imported cheeses, such as the sycamore-leaf-wrapped Spanish valdeón. The dessert chocolates are all handcrafted, and the truffles are all handpicked from the secret truffle tree that you should absolutely not tell anyone about.
The soft sounds of live jazz flow through a low-lit restaurant, easing guests into a comfortable state as the aroma of grilled steak and seared fish fills the air. It's just another night at Bistro 135, a multi-level space that hosts local musicians throughout the week on a balcony stage, who spice up the atmosphere as diners savor a fusion of international and American cuisines. Pairs can share blackened jumbo scallops and manchurian cauliflower at high-top tables in the bar area and enjoy their meals in the cozy outdoor courtyard to soak in the warm weather or surprise eclipses.
No Irish pub is complete with the customary decorations: vintage Guinness posters, etched Jameson mirrors, and tin Magners signs. Caverly's Irish Pub has it all, along with a smattering of four leaf clovers and Ireland?s flag standing guard over the bar. And just like any bar, the libations flow freely. Bartenders pour Smithwicks, Harp, Guinness, and Magners into 20-ounces glasses. They also top off pint glasses with a bevy of craft brews, and wine is available for the oenophiles.
Papaya Restaurant?s Asian dishes play with a range flavors to appease all taste buds. The freshly caught fish of the day is simmered in a spicy curry coconut sauce and drizzled with roasted red-pepper relish. A spicy-sweet basil sauce coats udon noodles, while pork chops are paired with spicy green beans and umeboshi plum sauce.
Just as the menu combines different styles of Asian cookery, the restaurant?s aesthetic plays with textures and materials. Exposed ductwork in industrial gray meets soft taupe walls. Wooden boards woven through metal bars serve as a modern partition between diners, and cable-threaded railings line the front of the dining area. Lime-green lighting illuminates the bar, where dangling starburst lights emit a red glow over plates of sushi rolls stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes, tempura shrimp, or seared steak or that day's elegant sashimi presentation.
A cozy, chic space, Veritas Wine Bar feels less like walking into a bar and more like walking into a fashionable friend's apartment—albeit, a friend with a nice wine collection. Even the Rochester City Newspaper took notice, saying of proprietor Paul Powers and his wife, Amy: "they've parlayed their passion for the grape into a charming spot for both hardcore oenophiles and aspiring aficionados." Having previously worked at wine shops and as distributors, the two have curated a constantly changing selection of vinos from around the world. A quaint menu of a wine-friendly sampler plate pairs with the vintages, making Veritas a charming spot for a date, a casual meeting, or a cutthroat game of Chinese Checkers.