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Kultura

Fusion 05 May 2013
The Urban Craze
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Located in King St. East, Kultura is three floors of beautiful space that previously housed the Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery. There are four different rooms and we were seated in The Grand Room with 20 ft of high ceilings to brag about, complete with a skylight to let in some natural light before dusk set in.

kultura.com
169 King St E
Toronto, ON
M5A 1J4
(416) 363-9000

 

Kultura Interior Kultura Interior

The thing about online food deals is that they are a great way to try out different restaurants. I’m a sucker for the deals that offer a tasting menu since I get to try a lot for a slightly discounted price. When I saw that Kultura had a Groupon deal for a 4-Course Global Fusion Tasting Menu for Two ($69), I simply couldn’t pass it up!

We started with some cocktails. I was and still am very amused that Immunity tastes like a cough syrup but it is very suiting that it should be given that name. The mojito was very refreshing and is my favourite cocktail.

Immunity Absolut Acai, Grape Liqueur, Blue Curacao, Pomegranate and Royal Mojito Bacardi Gold, Fresh Mint, Prosecco

Immunity
Absolut Acai, Grape Liqueur, Blue Curacao, Pomegranate
and
Royal Mojito
Bacardi Gold, Fresh Mint, Prosecco

Malbec Oysters (4 Pieces) Apple Red Wine Mignonette, Cucumber Noodles, Lemon Pink Pepper Granita

Malbec Oysters (4 Pieces)
Apple Red Wine Mignonette, Cucumber Noodles, Lemon Pink Pepper Granita

I love tapas since I get to taste a lot of different foods and flavours while sharing. For the first course we shared the Malbec Oysters and Mediterranean Naan. The oysters were fresh and delicious. The naan was buttery and very aromatic. The Grana Padano exploded in my face, not literally but there was no mistake the myriad of flavours that filled our palates after the first bite. We were very pleased with the first course and would not have objected to more oysters and naan. :D

Mediterranean Naan Fresh Figs, Prosciutto, Roasted Garlic, Shaved Grana Padano

Mediterranean Naan
Fresh Figs, Prosciutto, Roasted Garlic, Shaved Grana Padano

Green Curry, Broccoli, Red Pepper, Cauliflower, Shredded Coconut, Shitake Mushroom, Almonds

Green Curry, Broccoli, Red Pepper, Cauliflower, Shredded Coconut, Shitake Mushroom, Almonds

We followed up with the Seared Scallops and Tofu & Vegetable Thai Curry for the second course. The scallops were peppery and cooked perfectly and were juicy and moist. We weren’t fans of the green curry. It was creamy and mildly spicy and the almonds added a nice texture but the curry was more like a dressing for the veggies.

Seared Scallops Thai Asparagus, Baby Shitake Mushroom, Fresh Bean Sprouts, Tagarashi

Seared Scallops
Thai Asparagus, Baby Shitake Mushroom, Fresh Bean Sprouts, Tagarashi

Mushroom Orecchiette Pinot Noir Pear Chutney, Aged Cheddar

Mushroom Orecchiette
Pinot Noir Pear Chutney, Aged Cheddar

While the first two courses came out relatively quickly, the third course took some time before it made it to our table. The Chai Black Cod was wonderful! The cod was buttery and the Asian inspired flavour was nostalgic. The Mushroom Orecchiette was cheesy and creamy. We agreed it was heavy considering the lighter fare we had up until that point and it would have been something better for another day. It could have used a little more mushroom and would have been better if the cheese was melted more thoroughly. The pear chutney made the dish very sweet and savoury. By the end when our server came to clear our table, she was impressed that we finished everything and commented that the female patrons usually just ordered salads. We told her that we enjoy our greens but we like food too much to not try everything else!

Chai Black Cod Golden Daikon, Ginger Boy Choy, Squid Ink Tapenade, Chai Tea Glaze

Chai Black Cod
Golden Daikon, Ginger Boy Choy, Squid Ink Tapenade, Chai Tea Glaze

We wrapped up the evening with the Honey Sabayon Doughnut Holes and the Lemon Grass Creme Brulee. The doughnut holes were soft and had an alcohol flavour to them. They were rolled in sugar and came with chocolate and caramel dipping sauces on the side, which added a nice touch. The creme brulee was not particularly memorable and did not have a strong lemongrass flavour. However, the expresso ice cream accompanying the creme brulee was smooth and very pleasant.
Kultura - Dessert Kultura - Dessert

Overall, there were hits and misses but we enjoyed the seafood dishes that we ordered. The decor and atmosphere that Kultura offers makes it a beautiful place to take a special someone on a date or an evening out with a groups of friends for some drinks and food to share. I think I’d come back again in the future.


The Damage: $124 after tax and tip for two (including the cost of the Groupon)


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Shirley

Best possible description of Shirley: A seemingly ordinary individual with an affinity for the unconventional. I have a great appreciation for and I am constantly amazed by the creativity and ingenuity expressed through food and art.

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