A wine, dining, and retail emporium opens its doors in Manchester, NH today. Cabonnay Restaurant & Wine House spans 9,000 square feet of space across multiple floors at 55 Bridge St. in downtown Manchester, and the space features 150 seats across multiple dining spaces, a rooftop garden patio, and an art gallery.
Partners in the business are Cornelis de Jong and David Thompson, who have brought on chef de cuisine Chris Viaud and pastry chef Aurelien Blick to oversee the dining menu at Cabonnay. First courses include bread, cheese, a spring vegetable salad, and a half poached lobster, among other items, while the main courses include hearty meats, roasted salmon, pan-seared pollock, and a mushroom pasta dish. Desserts range from rhubarb consommé and jasmine ice cream to rice pudding and a Grand Marnier soufflé.
There are a few different dining spaces within Cabonnay, including the 24-seat “Bliss Bar” (which has a separate menu), a main dining room, a conservatory room that overlooks the garden roof deck, a second-level private dining room, and a chef’s table for up to six people.
Cabonnay also has two wine dogs, Rocco and Reese, and visitors can check the events calendar to find out chances to meet the pair. The venue is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with expanded hours planned for after the opening.
Notes: Cabonnay only takes credit cards — no cash — and is not kid-friendly, aside from private events. (Even then, there are no high chairs, and children under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.) It’s an “adult artful environment with complex food profiles not suitable for kids,” per the website.
• Cabonnay Restaurant & Wine House [Official Site]