It was the 2nd Annual Feast Tofino and I attended the West Coast Paella on the Beach featuring Vancouver Island Chef Kunal Ghose from Food Network’s Top Chef Canada Season 2. It was the biggest paella party featuring the biggest paella I’ve ever seen in my life. Forget long walks on the beach, I want paella on a beach!
It was named #1 Best New Restaurant in Canada by EnRoute Magazine. It is a farm to table Euro-Canadian bistro inspired by seasonal and mostly local ingredients. The concepts and techniques are European and the food is presented unpretentiously. A must try in Toronto.
If you’re looking for traditional and “authentic” Spanish tapas then book a ticket to Spain, but if you’re open to a Spanish inspired menu then I welcome you to Espana. It was simple, but done well and great value. It pretty much “wins” based on having almost no competition too.
It’s opened by rock star chefs and I want to recommend everything! Chicago was off to a fantastic start and The Purple Pig hit a home run! The food was solid, the portions were more than fair and the prices were very reasonably for the ambiance, location and overall quality of food.
Behind me was the skyline of my beautiful city and on my plate was the rest of the world. It was a refined style and exploration of unique ingredients executed with very subtle and delicate flavours. The flavours were simple, but very finely tuned. It was the work of a passionate chef.