Believe it or not but a hidden gem does exist on the bustling King West strip. Patria is tucked away between Weslodge and the busy intersection of King and Spadina. Walk too fast and you may miss the decorative gated entrance.
Patria serves up classic Spanish cuisine from tapas to paella + wine and cocktails in a stylish, airy setting. Sunday Brunch is my favourite time to dine here. Especially in the summer when you can nibble on house marinated olives and sip “Carajillo” in their courtyard patio. A playful boozy Spanish coffee with hints of cherry and cream.
The items on the menu all have fancy Spanish names and rightfully so, because the dishes are authentically prepared with ingredients imported from Spain and are beautifully presented.
Take the Bombas Con Salsa Brava for instance. A crunchy ball of chorizo made to look exceptionally pretty with aioli and spicy piquillo sauce. Have one and you may end up eating three as I did.
If you want to stick more to the breakfast classics, the Tortilla De Patatas which is basically a Spanish potato omelet + romesco is a solid choice. Also comes in a carnivore version that includes serrano ham.
My absolute favourite though is the Tosta De Huevo De Codorniz Con Morcilla. A mouthful to say as well as a mouth of yumminess that includes quail eggs, piquillo, morcilla sausage and hollandaise.
Every great meal should end with a cup of coffee and chocolate so finish off with the Churros Con Dulce De Leche.
Patria Toronto // 478 King Street West // 416. 367. 0505