MARANS DINE BAR
WRITTEN BY JAN DAVIES AT BUILDANEWLIFE.CA
Guerin Sykes lives in Hillier. Or maybe it’s Ameliasburgh. “We’re on Burr Road, right on the border,” he laughs, “and there are three Wards that meet up here, including the one for Sophiasburgh. My driver’s license says Ameliasburgh, our mailing address is Hillier, but as long as we’re in The County, I’m happy.”
He and his wife Jessica opened The Marans Dinebar in the plum location between the Regent Theatre and Picton Library earlier this year.
“It’s a unique kind of kitchen,” he says wryly. “Very compact. About 100 square feet. I have no gas, no hood, but what I have are three induction burners and I use my immersion circulator. I cook most of my proteins sous vide, so there’s no grease, it’s all in water baths.” Add in a couple of pressure cookers and a toaster oven and he’s serving an average of 100 people a day on weekends with 20 seats inside, 20 on the patio….