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Hexagon: A Hidden Gem

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After falling in love with Paris from his several visits to France, Restaurateur Artur Koczur dreamed of bringing the best of French cuisine back to his hometown in Canada.

Hexagon, a restaurant tucked away in the heart of downtown Oakville, Ontario opened in 2017. Though the restaurant may have a simple, unassuming exterior, it offers a world-class dining experience. Within a short time, the restaurant has developed a stellar reputation for its exclusive wines, creative plating, and use of fine local and specially imported ingredients, along with a Michelin level service. With no advertising or marketing gimmicks, Hexagon was ranked one of Toronto’s top 10 new restaurants of 2018 and earned excellent reviews from the city’s most demanding critics.

As you enter the restaurant, you are met by the aroma of coffee from the small café to your right, inspired by the famous Angelina’s in Paris. To your left, the minimalist yet inviting dining room beckons. As warmer weather arrives, you can sit outside on a couch under the awning, enjoying a beautiful summer’s eve. The patio’s indoor and outdoor setting makes you feel like you are in a serene piazza in Monte Carlo.

Inside, large hexagon-shaped ceiling lights cast a soft glow over the custom made blue leather banquettes. The chevron floors are an homage to the Louvre Museum. Toward the back, a sleek, one-of-a -kind fireplace suspended from the ceiling appears to float mid-air. Behind it gleams a wall of agate stone, providing the perfect backdrop and ambiance for this acclaimed restaurant.

Upon arrival, a friendly host will escort you to the dining room overlooking the gleaming high-tech kitchen where nearly a dozen young chefs in white quietly and meticulously prepare delectable dishes. Carefully curated four-course and Carte Blanche menus are available each night. On weekends, an enticing brunch menu, which changes seasonally, is also available.

Upon arrival, a friendly host will escort you to the dining room overlooking the gleaming high-tech kitchen where nearly a dozen young chefs in white quietly and meticulously prepare delectable dishes. Carefully curated four-course and Carte Blanche menus are available each night. On weekends, an enticing brunch menu, which changes seasonally, is also available.

Plucked from across Canada, the restaurant serves as a stage for an international, award-winning group of young chefs, many under 25 and all eager to showcase their skills in front of discerning diners each night. This has proven to be one of Hexagon’s greatest strengths. Executive Chef, Rafael Covarrubias left his home in Mexico at the age of 17 to pursue his passion for cooking, while sous chef Jordan Wilkinson achieved second place in the 2018 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship, one of Canada’s most rigorous and prestigious culinary competitions. Hexagon’s diverse culinary team has clearly bred creativity and innovation not only in the cuisine, but in presentation as well.

“Our team members continuously inspire one another to incorporate new ideas and concepts into our menus,” says Covarrubias, who attributes his success to working extremely hard and always pushing himself to become better at his craft. “Inspiration comes from every corner. Whether it’s reading, traveling, trying a new food or rediscovering flavors from our past, it all contributes to the creation of our dishes.”

Long-stemmed Riedel coupe glasses are used to serve the restaurant’s signature champagne, Hexagon Brut, produced by Jean Pernet; a family owned vineyard located in the heart of Champagne region. The restaurant imports exclusive wines, working with many boutique wine producers and hand-selecting unique blends and varietals that will pair well with their dynamic and changing menu. “The exclusive partnership with wineries allows diners a rare opportunity to learn about, and drink exclusive wines from around the world. It’s all part of the experience” says Hexagon Sommelier, John Torrens. The restaurant also regularly hosts intimate and exclusive collaboration dinners featuring Michelin and other notable chefs from Europe and North America.

One of the most popular dishes is the octopus tentacle on a dark pool of salsa negra, with charred chilies providing a bitter edge to the dish. The burnished octopus is finished on a Josper charcoal grill, specially imported from Barcelona. Presentation is an important element in the dining experience at Hexagon, with dishes arriving on plates sourced from artists in Canada, France, and Belgium. Guests may also be served snacks on a smooth stone or even a hand-crafted, monogrammed box – once again, demonstrating Hexagon’s creativity with both flare and display.

Whether you have selected the four course or Carte Blanche menu option, expect several unforgettable savory courses with suggested wine pairings to match. Each course offering a symphony of flavors and textures meticulously designed to complement both the preceding and proceeding course. From a tartare of 30-day dry-aged strip loin topped with frizzled brussels sprouts to meltingly rich Ontario-raised wagyu beef, slow-cooked for 72 hours, the course selections never disappoint. A hexagon-shaped foie gras mousse paired with bright kumquat is another favorite of the restaurant’s many devotees, pairing perfectly with a glass of Hexagon exclusive golden Chateau Lamothe, Sauternes.

The restaurant’s over-the-top signature dessert is a mini chocolate barrel hardened in liquid nitrogen suspended from a slim wooden stand like a Mexican piñata. Steadying the dangling chocolate with a spoon, diners split it open with a knife, showering a sweet and spiced “snow” over pandan pastry cream with a house made croissant filled with caramelized apples and finished with a calvados cream.

At Hexagon, nothing has been overlooked. Every ingredient, plate, glass, and utensil has been specifically chosen to augment the customer experience. No detail is too small, and every single facet of the restaurant has been selected with the customer in mind. Guests can even use Hexagon branded reading glasses and take them home as a souvenir, compliments of the restaurant.

The juxtaposition of old world charm and warmth with new world minimalism and whimsy, there is no doubt that customers will have a memorable culinary experience – which is Hexagon’s primary goal. Watching as customers return again and again as they show off the restaurant to friends and colleagues is the ultimate reward.

Photo Credits: Jaren Kane