Restaurant Reviews/ Toronto and GTA

{Review} Pukka’s New Menu Launch

Website: www.pukka.cawww.facebook.com/pukkatoronto
Address: 778 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto, ON
When I attended: October 26th, 2015, Media dinner

Indian cuisine – two words loosely used to define all of the rich, cultural tastes and flavours native to India. There are so many spices, aromas and even ingredients I typically associate with Indian food. Garam masala, palak paneer, cardamom, nutmeg, lentils, tandoori, dosas…the list goes on and on! The flavour profiling for Indian cuisine is unparalleled; nothing else can hit the spot when you’re craving it!

Stepping into Pukka felt a little different… in a good way! The atmosphere was buzzing with energy; people holding cocktails by the bar, dim-lighting and modern fixings to pull everything together. To start, we had okra fries that were perfectly executed – lightly battered and crispy with a hint of curry spice. This was perfectly accompanied by a mustard raita dip that was tangy and subdued the heat from the okra fries.

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I was able to sample a number of new cocktails on the menu – each one was outstandingly well done. My favourite was the Mumbai sour – Bombay Sapphire gin, Aperol, grapefruit, cardamom bitters and egg white. Delicious!

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For appetizers, we sampled the:

Tandoori Calamari – with coconut chutney and citrus slaw

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Herb-Infused Chicken Tikka – with tamarind chutney

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String Chaat – puffed rice, mung bean, pomegranates, mint and coriander chutney (my favourite app!)

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Next up – rounddddd two! I was SO ready to dive right into the main courses!

Pumpkin Curry – with Kashmiri chilli, curry leaves and tomato

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Punjabi Chicken – spicy home style curry

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Beef Short Ribs – with black cumin, garlic and ginger masala

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I was preoccupied with eating (can you blame me?!) and was not able to capture a picture of the Boatman’s Fish & Prawn Curry with tamarind, mustard seeds and coconut broth (pictured below to the very left) on its own.

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Each dish was complex yet delicate, allowing the main ingredient(s) to shine. The fish & prawn curry had a sophisticated flavour profile with a light and creamy broth, but the seafood still took centre stage. The beef short ribs were to die for – deep, golden brown gravy and fall-off-the-bone short ribs that begged for naan, rice, or a spoon! What I also appreciated was the presentation of the food – the rice came in a hermetic glass mason jar, which was a cute touch!

Dinner was accompanied by two wine pairings chosen by the restaurant’s sommelier, Peter Boyd. A fantastic white (Vina Esmeralda, Torres 2014), and a full-bodied red (Vizcarra Senda del Oro Roble 2012).

For dessert, we had chai, caramel popcorn and decadent dark chocolate truffles. I am addicted to dark chocolate (among other foods…namely peanut butter), so this was the perfect way to end a fantastic meal!

 

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Overall:

The service was wonderful, the company was great, but the food truly took home the prize for top dog! I highly recommend Pukka for a date night, get together with friends and family, or just a solo dining adventure if you’re craving Indian food with a modern twist. I can’t wait to return and try the rest of the menu!

*Disclosure: The meal was complimentary. As always, the opinions in the post are my own.

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