Wandering by an alley on Toronto’s busy King St. West, we were surprise to glimpse a glow and lively vibe emanating from its depths. Upon entry, you are impressed with the striking decor and full-on art-piece by Laura Carwardine. Laid over a two-story mural designed by Marlo Onilla, the installation of 17,000 knitted cross stitches.
Patria is another part of Charles Khabouth’s INK Entertainment. Charles Khabouth is really an impressive figure … cutting a swath across Toronto’s scene. The dining is medium formal and reservations are recommended … although they take walk-ins at the bar, and we think that is a much more entertaining place to dine!
The strong Spanish menu by Australian chef Swart Cammeron holds up against the visuals. During one of our visits he personally prepared the tapas at the bar for us.
A good note is that if you are at the bar, you can ask for crystal glasses which from the side cabinet – while being much prettier, we thought our drinks did taste better!
Our advice is to stay away from the paella and stick with the classical tapas. The manchego croquettes with aioli are perfect. Follow that up with the pan con tomatae (home made sour dough), Almendras asadas (Salted Marcona Almonds), pimientos de padron, garbanzo con espinacas, pulpo montaditos over romesco sauce, Patatas Bravas with spicy tomato sauce and a fried egg on top (break the yolk and mix it with the potatoes), etc, etc ….. Just have fun!
Cebeth Apothecary & Gallery Store
10:00 am – 7:00pm Monday Saturday
Envisioned in 2010 by Celeste Magazine editor Vanesa Fernández and her husband artist Aldo Chaparro this amazing gallery lives in a very chic 1940s house restored by Productora Architects. The result is a truly amazing job – specifically the ingenious placement of the cement tiles and the design of a modernist Vienna coffee shop.
The house is located in the Anzures neighborhood of Mexico City, a lovely area where every street is named after a literary author.
The House has three sections:
First is the Concept store/gallery, were one can find all sort of interesting items. They include paintings, functional and nonfunctional objects, rare fossils, collectible fashion, jewelry and more. Products from around the globe, and others ether designed by Aldo and Vanessa or the top designers in Mexico. Celeste House really shows breadth of design contained in this world-class metropolis.
Continuing on one finds a homeopathic apothecary specialized in phytotherapy treatments. Here, personalized formulas are created in a very Victorian way for each customer.
The third, and most delicious part, is the champagne tea room. While Viennese in design, they serve the classic English ritual; complete with tiered plates of pastries, scones and small sandwiches. They also offer a rich Champagne menu as well as an extraordinary selection of teas. Top this off with Cantonese-style Dim Sum, and during the late evening, Celeste transforms to a destination for the trendy and happening.
On a quiet back street of downtown Tulum on February 2oth 2004 chef Claudia Perez Rivas, turn her house into a most delightful and charming restaurant, a destination
The complimentary tasting plate is alone a marvel, with Xicatic sauce, mini requeson and chile serrano quesadillas, pelliscadas, a miniature tostadatopped with beans and cheese, the best bread and queso fresco with betavel (beet) jam and a vegetarian tamale made with corn, butter and garlic – it is quite the experience.
Be sure to have a Topil soup and a Tamarind Margarita to round out the starters.
frozen tamarind margarita with chili tajin
The menu was authentic and varied to suit a variety of palates and is vegetarian friendly.
The Mexican zucchini, stuffed and baked with vegetables and chaya (wild spinach) over a bed of roasted tomatoe sauce and Stuffed poblano pepper with huithacoche (corn fungus) and red peanut mole are two standouts.
On our second visit a year later – same menu – we tried the same dishes plus the fish with huithacoche sauce. This combination was not as successful as the others; but overall it was a nice, if similar, experience.
Topil Soup like a Vegetarian Tortilla Soup
Ixoxotic – fried tortilla, stuffed with cheese and covered with almond mole
Another restaurant by renowned chef Paco Perez ( of the Michelin 3star Miramar) is the lovey L’egg; a relaxed scene at the top of Passeig de Gràcia – just a few blocks from Casa Mila.
The menu as it’s name suggests, the offering is mostly of egg based dishes. Though the restaurant is famous amongst locals for its cocktails. As we did not try them, we can’t weigh in on that part 🙂
The food was quite good, with the Torrija the dish that had us coming back 2-3 times over the course of the week. It was e(gg)cellent!
The tomato and piparras (traditional long green pepper from the Basque Country) salad, was quite good.
The Merluza (hake) tacos with miso mayonnaise were particularly good although there were not tacos in the Mexican way, but battered and fried fish chunks.
The fried eggplant wedges with honey,were interesting, but a bit too oily for our tastes.
Hands down L’eggs provided the best croquettes during our entire Barcelona culianry trip. The were truly candy: fluffy inside with a tantalizingly crispy shell.
The Torrija de Santa Teresa, with vanilla coffee ice cream was the best ever, so good it sets the standard for any chef attempting to recreate this classic. In our opinion, worth a Michelin star on its own!
croquetas de yema
cocas cristal con tomate
Torrija de Santa Teresa, with vanilla coffee ice cream
Striking would be the word for this wild game meets urban dandy brunch Den. The hunting theme decor sets the tone to another trendy spot by Toronto’s night life mogul Charles Khabouth.
Quite obviously, the menu is heavy on the meat side – but there are good options all around. The decor pulled us in for brunch regardless. The limited menu was countered by good service from holster-wearing weight staff.
Our plate of scrambled eggs on puff pastry, filled with ricotta and asparagus was quite scrumptious. While the Benny Trout with its well poached eggs on English muffin sided with hollandaise sauce was a tasty take on the standard.
All-in-all Weslodge’s culinary edge cuts through the heavy handed – yet inspiring – design to hold interest and make it a good-go.