Cover photo by hamburguesanostra, used under Creative Commons license

Patria II

After trying it for the first time a few weeks ago with colleagues, I returned to Patria last night. With Nellie, obviously. It was one of the best meals we’ve had in Toronto in quite a while. We sat down and asked our server to bring out whatever chef felt like giving us. Here’s what appeared:


  • Spanish Manhattan (Bulleit bourbon, pedro ximénez sherry nectar, angostura bitters)
  • Cava Nuevo (bombay gin, lemon, simple syrup, cava)


  • Aceitunas (house marinated olives)
  • Selección de embutidos (ibérico lomo + ibérico chorizo + jamón serrano + morcón salami)
  • Fino Electrico dry white sherry


  • Pimientos de padrón (blistered peppers + sea salt)
  • Ensalada de remolacha (beet salad + apple juice reduction)
  • Gambas al ajillo (fresh gulf shrimp + garlic + parsley)
  • Cordoniu rosé Cava


  • Bombas con salsa brava (chorizo + aioli + spicy piquillo sauce)
  • Grilled pickerel
  • Pimientos rellenos de buey (piquillo peppers + oxtail + manchego)
  • Estrella Inedit wheat beer


  • Churros con dulce de leche (spanish doughnuts + cinnamon sugar + dulce de leche)
  • Floralis Moscatel

It was all good, but the highlights were the chorizo, the ensalada, the bombas, the churros, and (for me, anyway) the pimientos. We also loved the non-traditional drink pairings…no table wine, and even the use of a great beer in the right spot.


Cover photo by hamburguesanostra, used under Creative Commons license

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