Canaille is a hidden bistro in Boerum Hill’s fifth Avenue. Enter and you open the door to a tiny and charming food heaven. Take a seat and one of the owners offers you the menu and the wine list; then with a sweet French accent announces the specials of the day. Me and my partner in this French cuisine adventure had a quick look at the menu and decided to split an entree, the Marinieres Mussels. We topped our order with the Portobello Confit salad and the Warm Lentil salad. The wine choice was trickier and it took us some time but the 2008 Sancerre was the best choice. Dry and highly aromatic paired perfectly with the marinated seafood. I was stunned with the elegant flavors of the Portobello Mushroom salad, a balanced mix of spinach, zucchini, walnuts and goat cheese dressed in a generous portion of balsamic vinegar. The Lentil salad was warm to perfection and the braised pork belly in port sauce was its finest addition. French fries, served in a paper basket, were both crispy and tasty.
Food is excellent at Canaille and its friendly and local ambiance coupled with the hospitality of the owners – a French couple –are two good reasons to return back. That time with new dishes and another bottle of wine.
Canaille, 78 5th Avenue (between St. Mark’s & Prospect Place) • Brooklyn, NY 11217 • (718) 789-8899