My Summerlicious Tapas Day pt.1

Good Sunday evening to you all. 

*gasp*

An actual blog post here on MY blog. I know it has been quite a while, but I am still here. I’ve said this before, but I mean it. And this post just goes to prove it. And the title promises that another post will follow this one shortly *I hope*. Anyways, what is summerlicious you may ask? Well if you live in Toronto or the GTA, you may know what it means, but for those of you who don’t: 

Summerlicious: one of the foodie events in Toronto that are held twice a year, once in winter (Winterlicious) and once in the summer (summerlicious). Basically certain restaurants participate in this wonderous event that lets you try their food for a prix fixe price and menu. It’s quite the deal. 

So about a month ago, my friend gave me a call and wanted to take me out on a summerlicious date. So we planned it out and it boiled down to a tapas dinner. Then she calls me two days before and throws in a lunch, hence the part one and two. In this post, I will focus on the lunch place, Kultura and in the second one move onto dinner, which was at Bloke and 4th. 

Kultura 

Address: 169 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1J4
Phone:(416) 363-9000
Prices:

$$$$

Hours:

 

Sunday Closed
Monday 5:30–10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30–10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Thursday 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Friday 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Saturday 5:30 pm – 12:00 am

So above, you have some need-to-know info about the restuarant, provided by the amazing google, just in case you ever want to give this place a try.

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The menu for Kultura

So above, I posted the menu for Kultura, so that you may see what other options they offered. I was so excited on Saturday becuase I had never tried tapas before, and now I was getting twice the chance in one day to give it a try. So I was beyond excited. So bascially in each restaurant, my friend and I got an appretizer, a main and a dessert for a fixed price. What more could one ask for? At Kultura, the prix fixe was 20$ for the lunch, which is pretty reasonable for what we got.

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Crispy Duck Confit Ravioli
Sundried Cranberry, Toasted Pine Nut, Blackberry Coulisse

The appetizer: Crispy Duck Confit Ravioli
Sundried Cranberry, Toasted Pine Nut, Blackberry Coulisse 

When I ordered the appetizer, I was expecting something a little different. I guess it was the fact that it said ravioli in the title. Perhaps that is what threw me off, but it definately changed my mind about the dish. I guess there was a certain amount of dissapointment, but that was becuase I was expectng something else. All in all though, it was pretty good. Maybe not something I would order again, but it was pretty good. I really liked the Blackberry Coulisse. I think it complimented the “ravioli” nicely. I liked the crispy-ness of the “raviloi” as well. I guess my other problem was that I didn’t really taste the duck, which is a shame becuase I LOVE LOVE LOVE duck. So the duck factor was a little underwhelming. 

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The main: French Chicken
Smoked Bacon, Sweet Peas, Tarragon, Baby Onion Confit, Cream

So this dish also was a surprise from what I was expecting, but in a good way. So when they brought the big crock to me and my friend, I was just curious. Bascially this was a different concept to the traditional chicken pot pie, which just turns out to be one of my dad’s fave meals. While eating it, I was thinking of how much he would like it. So I made a mental note that I would have to go back with him so he could try it out  for himself. I was actually quite impressed with the main dish, it was very good and tasty, modern, yet homey. I really loved the bacon in there, I think it added an extra flavour. And come on, who doesn’t like bacon in their food? 

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Chocolate Banana Spring Rolls with Ferrero Rocher Gelato
(vegetarian)

The Dessert: Chocolate Banana Spring Rolls with Ferrero Rocher Gelato
(vegetarian)

Last but, not the least in any way, DESSERT! Who doesn’t love a good dessert? For a rockin’ dessert, it doesn’t hurt to have some banana included. If you look at the picture of the menu, this dessert isn’t listed, as they forgot to add it, but it is on the summerlicious site, if you are interested. So yeah, to sum it up it was a banana in a spring roll with some chocolate and some chocolate ice cream. So much goodness all in one plate. Inside the banana spring roll was some nice dark chocolate. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of dark chocolate, the sweetness of the banana complimented it very nicely. So props to the chef at Kultura for putting those two harmonious flavours together!

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So this just about concludes the first past of my summerlicious tapas day. Please stay tuned for the next one, which cover dinner at Bloke and 4th. Overall, I really enjoyed Kultura, it had a good atmosphere and amibance that made up for some small shortcomings with the food. I would go to this place again just to try out some new food and hang out with some friends. If you want to try something new out, try Kultura. 

Calla