If you are local to Fort Worth, check out Cannon Chinese Kitchen. Once a month they host “Bar Bites.” Fun, small plates of yummy food paired with the perfect sip. I usually order the Bob Barker — housemade lemonade infused with cucumber vodka and mint. It is so fresh and the perfect cocktail before dinner.
Set in a lovely 1930’s home at 304 West Cannon Street near Rahr and Sons Brewing Company, they serve traditional Chinese cuisine with a twist. When you walk in you are greeted by this…
Chiang Mai Dragon from FSchumacher. Mr. Bee has no idea what a treasure this wallpaper is. I can only afford a few throw pillows of this coveted pattern, so to see it elegantly displayed is a treat. Okay, back to the food. With each pairing the chef explains the ingredients and how it was prepared. The vendor of each sip also walks us through the nuances of the flavors we will experience.
The first pairing was Peking quail on handmade steam buns accompanied by Collective Brewing Project’s Suspicious Delicious. Indeed it was. I am not much of a beer drinker, but this went down smooth. Notice how they serve each course on a sweet, china plate like Grandmother would serve on Sunday after church? I deconstructed the quail and put pieces on top of each bun with a sprinkling of micro greens.
The second pairing was bruleed spiced winter melon with H. Mynors Zinfandel. This wine was smooth like chocolate.
The third, and final pairing, was braised beef cheek with bone marrow and barley. This time they presented Westland Sherry Wood American Single Malt in two ways — neat and in a cocktail. I passed my neat to Mr. Bee and sipped the cocktail which was delish.
I highly recommend Cannon for a fun date night or gathering with friends. The pairings are $25 per person, an affordable way to try new food and experience the flavors of chef prepared Chinese food.
Next month, they are trying something different with a Marco Polo Wine Dinner — “pairing high-quality Italian wines with the fresh and thoughtful food Cannon is known for.” I hope to see you there!
Note: This is just my opinion on a great place for an evening out…I was not compensated for this post.