The weather was just turning it's corner into fresh air and open window inspiration when we received an invitation from the new restaurant, Bar Brigade, tucked away in the Highland Park neighborhood of Saint Paul. We had heard rumblings of a new spot that offered french inspired food and maybe even Rose on tap - we didn't hesitate to accept their invitation.
We were greeted with vigor as soon as we passed through the threshold - the small, familial team in place at Bar Brigade embraced it's first diners like we'd all known each other for a good long while. Without the stuffy informality that would be expected at any restaurant serving such pretty plates, our dining experience was earmarked by warm conversation and enthusiasm with our servers, bar managers and the head chef himself J. D. Fratzke. It didn't go unnoticed or unappreciated.
We explored the Bar Brigade menu and found a similar genre within their food - romantic, tasteful and relatable. Between a handful of Oysters and Warm Rolls to start alongside champagne, we were pleased at the fluidity of our courses - the space, the food, and the atmosphere all spoke to a comfortable intimacy. It also invites to to stay longer, try more.
The show had officially started when our entree plates arrived, including an exquisite Boar Bourguingon and Grilled Trout. Each of our choices danced together perfectly and didn't fail us in combination with Potatoes with Chevre and more champagne. There's no rush at Bar Brigade to finish your last bite and we certainly weren't looking forward to when that time did arrive.
A Pear Tart and Nutella Crepe capped off our meals exactly how they should - perfectly sweet and without ostentatious fussing. The team in place here has already guaranteed you a memorable meal - we hope you find yourself at a bar seat of theirs soon, and hopefully with a Pear Tart in your company.