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Review: Brunch at Patria, Toronto


It was a lovely Sunday morning at the end of May when I found myself zooming down Spadina. The sun was shinning and the streets were filled with flip flops and shades. I marched into Patria and was greeted by a stunning space featuring massive gold framed portraits, a wee bar which doubles as a serrano ham deli and floral crocheted wall in the main dining room.

I had been meaning to pop in here for an age so was thrilled when I was contacted by INK Entertainments PR team for a media brunch they were hosting. I’ve had the opportunity to dine at a few of their concepts before: Briscola Trattoria (rest in peace), La Societe and Weslodge.

The dining room filled with the cities top food, lifestyle and fashion media who spent the next two hours nibbling their way through Patria’s authentic Spanish brunch offerings. I started off with a foamy latte which spilled into Aperol centric fizz and glorious goblet of white sangria. Addictive spiced almonds and a bowl of warm citrus infused olives were devoured in seconds.

Having travled throughout Spain I very much appreciated the whispers and odours offered up on the menu. It had been ages since I first plopped a slice of tortila de patatas in my mouth and couldn’t help but smile doing so. Brunch at Patria instantly brought me back to my culinary adventures in Salamanca, Madrid and Barcelona. Other authentic eats include simple pan con tomate, bocadillo stuffed with manchego and jamon and hearty habas con chorizo.

Brunch was fantastically fresh no shock here that Patria was recently ranked as one of the Top 10 Newbies by Toronto Life Magazine. The kitchen offers the cities most authentic Spanish menu and I’ll likely be referring food fans here looking for an authentic taste of the Iberian Peninsula. You will now find Patria on my Toronto’s Top Restaurant List.

Special thanks to the team at Patria for hosting us for brunch.

The Feast:

Aperitivo

aperol, cava, orange

White Sangria

white wine, lillet, mixed apple cider and poached apple, lemongrass reduction

Pan Con Tomate

house baked bread, fresh tomato, olive oil

Jamon Iberico de Bellota

36 month acorn-fed black-hoof iberico ham

Bocadillo con Jamon y Queso Manchego

serrano ham, manchego, spicy tomato

Ensalada de Alcach Ofas Fritas con Queso Manchego

shaved fennel, radish, manchego, crispy artichokes

Coca de Puerro a la Parrilla y Romesco con Queso de Cabra

grilled leek, spicy tomato, romesco sauce, goat cheese

Coca de Boquerones y Mojo Picon con Queso Manchego

white anchovy, mojo picon, piquillo pepper, manchego

Riojanito y Huevos Codorniz

pastry, fried quail egg, pisto

Tortila de Patatas

spanish potato omelette

Habas con Chorizo

house chorizo, braised beans

Huevos Cocidos y Salsa Brava

fried egg, spicy tomato, manchego

Churros con Dulce Leche

spanish doughnuts, cinnamon sugar, dulce de leche

Chocolate con Aceite y Sal

chocolate pudding, olive oil, sea salt

#466 restaurant reviewed in Ontario since moving to Toronto in 2010. 

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