It was a cold Thirsty Thursday and we found ourselves scrambling for a table at Tonic Gin Bar in Linden. The idea was to participate in the Great Cucumber Exchange with Hendricks gin – you bring a cucumber and get a G&T in exchange. The tiny bar was packed, but luckily we were accommodated in the restaurant space next door, the soon to open wine bar, Tanen. And so this review went from gin to wine in one fell swoop.
Let’s start with Tonic is owned by Dennis and Caitlin Human. Every time I’ve been there I have seen Caitlin waiting on customers, taking orders, making sure everything is ship-shape. Tonic has an overwhelming amount of gin on offer. Drinking your way through the entire list would take years. Or would it? Is that a challenge? I digress. If you find the selection as overwhelming as I do, you can stick to the gin cocktail menu. I have now twice selected the Mother Fluffer, for obvious reasons. The name, and the fact that this G&T is garnished with pink cotton candy and a toasted marshmallow.
Tonic does not only serve drinks, but also delicious eats, like olives marinated in gin (of course), and scrumptious flat breads.
Now about that wine. We were sitting in our own private dining room, which used to be A la Bouffe and is soon to be Tanen. Unfortunately A la Bouffe, a renowned french bistro, recently closed down and the chef moved to Scotland. Fortunately it is being replaced by a wine bar with Caitlin and Dennis at the helm.
Tanen (from the tannin in wine, but in Turkish) will serve small plates and snacks with a bit of a Middle-Eastern influence. All menu items for Tonic and Tanen are developed and tested by Caitlin and her husband.
These are two beautiful spaces where you are hosted by kind and down to earth people. I’ll drink to that.
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