Patria, Toronto

Hard to believe that it has taken me this long to make a trip to Patria in Toronto.  Nestled down a laneway off of King West, hidden behind a subtle black iron archway (with the name etched in the curls of the iron), Patria is a contemporary surprise.   Floor to ceiling windows gives the restaurant an open air feeling.

Specializing in Spanish tapas, it is best to go with fellow diners that will be as equally willing as you to experiment and really experience what the Executive Chef Stuart Cameron has to offer.

Next time I would love to go with more people where we can order a greater variety and have little nibbles of everything.  This visit I was with two others so we kept our order conservative as to not overstuff ourselves.  Our server was spot on with recommendations on quantities to order.  In cases of dishes where are an even number while diners are odd number or vice versa, there is extreme willingness to adjust to quantities served for each plating to make everything equally shareable.

Everything was delicious and the only thing I regret was that I didn’t visit sooner.

Croquetas de Pollo (chicken croquettes which were a special for the night) $10cdn

Albondigas (Wagyu meatballs with spicy tomato piperade, onion, and manchego) $17cdn

Brussels Bravas (brussel sprouts, spicy tomato, aioli, and chorizo) $12cdn

Dátiles (dates with house bacon, manchego, and grindillas) $10cdn (somehow missed getting a picture but they were delish, melted in your mouth!)

Paella Patria (gulf shrimp, mussels, calamari, fish, snap peas, clams, and saffron) $30cdn for small size (pictured at top of post)

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