Patria Toronto Serves Spanish on King West

After slowly meandering through a lovely Greek-centric lunch at Estiatorio Volos I guided MJ past the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and into the heart of King West Village. Our second feast of the day would be at Patria, one of Toronto’s favourite new King West restaurants which expertly pays homage to the culinary whimsy of Spain.

This would be my second visit to Patria after spending the previous weekend sipping and nibbling my way through a media tasting for a recently launched Patria brunch. We arrived shortly before 2pm, a classic pause for a gastronomic siesta. We opted to sit on the restaurants new patio which offered a gentle breeze on a warm afternoon.

Our meal was truly fantastic. As we leisurely watched the afternoon fade away I found myself closing my eyes and floating back to my adventures in Madrid and Barcelona. The sweet sip of sangria and whiff of jamon serrano made my lips curl with delight.  We of course had to start with a patio friendly jug of Paraiso Naranja, perfect for sharing with friends and featuring aperol, codorniu cava and blood orange.

Highlights of our meal included addictive salted and spiced marcona almonds, a selection of imported Spanish cured meats, a legendary cheese from Rafael Baez and sweet and crunchy dates wrapped in iberico bacon, with manchego and guindilla pepper. I couldn’t get enough of the croquetas de jamon topped with creamy aioli. I could literally eat an entire mountain of these deep fried beauties. The final show stopper, Paella Carne Mixta featured confit duck leg, iberico pork rib, chorizo and sweet peas.

The Feast:

Red Sangria

red wine, port, sweet vermouth, spiced poached pear reduction, cloves, orange juice, pear nectar

Paraiso Naranja

aperol, codorniu cava, blood orange


Almendras Saladas

salted marcona almonds

Pan Con Tomatoe

house baked bread, fresh tomato, olive oil

Seleccion de Embutidos

iberico lomo, morcon salami, iberico salchichon, jamon serrano

D.O Monte Enebro

handmade goat’s milk cheese, made in Avila by legendary cheese maker Rafael Baez

Datiles con Tocino Iberico

dates, iberico bacon, manchego, guindilla pepper

Croquetas de Jamon

traditional ham croquettes, aioli

Pimientos de Padron

blistered peppers, sea salt

Paella Carne Mixta

confit duck leg, iberico pork rib, chorizo, fresh peas

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