Quinta Restaurant opened yesterday at 1282 Dundas West, just west of Dovercourt, updating traditional Portuguese dishes. We stopped in last night to meet the people behind the new spot and to sample some food and drinks.
It wasn’t too busy for opening night, or at least since we were a little past prime time, and we got a very friendly welcome and a chance to chat with Nick, the manager, the mixologist, William, and Leor, the chef. Yesterday was opening day and the place, a former dated Portuguese restaurant, looks great with a lot of space and some great eclectic decor.
One of the things we first noticed about the design and the menu was how well it mixed local Portuguese classics with a modern twist. For example, the use of traditional ceramic dishes and pots to serve Piri Piri Hen and Pork and Clams, which features some thick cuts of pork belly in a beer broth with clams and potatoes.
The drinks are another continuation of the ‘updating the classics’ theme. The names and combinations sound familiar, but a little different. The cocktails are worthy of one of the top cocktail bars in town (and at $10, fairly priced comparatively). For beer lovers, it’s mostly local craft beers, including some larger bottles for sharing such as a Muskoka Weisse which was refreshing on a hot summer night.
Which reminds me, the food won’t break the bank either. The menu will change seasonally, and there will be different specials each night. Check it out for yourself! Open for lunch and dinner.