Patria 416.367.0505 open daily lunch & dinner https://www.facebook.com/PatriaTO
This lively dining room invokes warm feelings and excites taste buds. Cocktails and wines are heavily influenced by Spanish cuisine and they are outstanding. The cloth bound menus (a little cumbersome) are laden with many interesting dishes making it hard to choose. Servers seem anxious and eager to please.
Sangrias are the showstopper of this resto. Red wine is reduced and soaked with spices and fruits, adding port, brandy, sweet vermouth, orange and pear nectar for divine ice cold red sangria. Or go with the equally fabulous white wine, brandy, lillet, apple cider and poached-apple-lemongrass-reduction infused sangria – earns the title best in the city. The Spanish Manhattan is a spicier version of the original, smooth velvet and chocolate with fermented fruit – I prefer this one. Avoid the Novios cocktail with Campari, amaro nonino, carpano classic, bowmore scotch, orange oil, grapefruit, toasted orange peel and sweet spices mixed with peat. It tastes bitter and chalky – picture biting on an orange peel.
Manchego cheese is buttery and grainy on the palate, great with Jamon Iberico de Bellota (56 month acorn-fed black-hoof Iberico pig), rich in flavour and fattiness. Whenever you see its Iberico on the menu you can’t go wrong. Buttery Sardinas a la plancha (fresh sardines) bathe in a pleasantly tart tasting mojo verde. Pulpo a la gallega (Spanish octopus, potato, paprika, olive oil) is a misstep; the potato is charred and doesn’t complement the squid.
Pimientos rellenous de buey (oxtail, manchego, piquillio) is tender but lacks seasoning. Patatas bravas con huevos fritos (crispy potato, spicy tomato, fried egg) looks like something I had for breakfast this morning, ridiculously simple and the tomato could have been spicier. To finish I decide on a liquid dessert, Nutty Solera. This sherry fills your nostrils with notes of almond and hazelnut, rounding off with an immeasurable smooth warm finish – outstanding!
Plates are a little pricey for the portion size. We ate quite a bit, but were not satisfied. Patria having just opened still needs to iron out a few kinks with the menu. Stick to cured meats and cheeses for a safe bet. The space is beautiful and the atmosphere warm and welcoming, the menu needs a tad more love.