With Victory construction moving full speed ahead at 478 King West, many new exciting condo features are taking shape, including a large sunken patio on the ground floor. Word on the street is that an exciting new restaurant will be opening in the summer, possibly in late July or August. While Toronto may be no stranger to new restaurant openings, the proposed eatery at Victory is special since it is rumoured to be spearheaded by the same people who brought you Nyood, Kultura and Colborne Lane, namely Hanif Harji.
Each of these locations is a success in downtown Toronto. Opened in 2010, Kultura is situated at King East and Jarvis street. Offering a plethora of international cuisine, Kultura regularly receives glowing reviews for its creative food offerings and fashionable atmosphere. Despite its varied menu which offers everything from Tandoor Octopus Salad to Mushroom Orecchiette to Sushi Pizza, Toronto Life writes that the flavours at Kultura are “tightly focused”. The mushroom turnover is particularly delicious, described in the review as an “empanada from the gods”. With three floors, an eclectic tapas menu and lots of opportunities for celebrity spotting, Kultura is unquestionably a gem in the city.
Alternatively, Nyood is based on the idea of intimate social dining. Located at 1096 Queen West at Dovercourt, Nyood has been wowing visitors since its opening in 2008. Building upon its “nude” name, the restaurant offers a mix of the classic and the contemporary with a focus on the simple beauty of Mediterranean cuisine, where subtle yet delicious flavours are shared between guests. Plates include Sicilian Eggplant, Yellowfin Tuna Tartar, and a range of unique flatbreads including Beef Carpaccio, Duck Procuitto, and Lamb Fougasse. Desserts are inspired and decadent, with offerings like Baklava and Mmaple Ice Cream, or Strawberry and Cream Cheesecake with White Chocolate Ganache.
Neat King East and Yonge Street, Colborne Lane is extremely well known for delicious and creative dishes. This prestigious restaurant receives international praise from the likings of food critics such as the New York Times. In their review, Bon Appétit called Colborne Lane a world hotspot, and the Globe and Mail wrote that the restaurant is “better than marvellous”. According to Toronto Life, Colborne Lane cooking is “radically creative, comforting and risky all at once”. An example of this delicious creativity is the Aged Cheddar Soup with Brown Butter and Compressed Green Apples and White Grapes.
With so many successes already, Harji and his partners are sure to achieve ‘victory’ with their newest project at 478 King West.