Quetzal has announced an opening date. The long-awaited collaboration from project Kate Chomyshyn, Grant van Gameren, Julio Guajardo, and Owen Walker will debut in Toronto on August 8.
Located doors down from van Gameren’s Bar Raval, the new wood-fired restaurant deals in traditional Mexican flavours paired with Canadian ingredients.
According to a press release, “Quetzal celebrates Mexico’s incredible culinary heritage, combining traditional methods and techniques with local Canadian produce, meats and seafood, to create a dining experience that redefines Mexican cuisine in Canada.”
The 72-seat restaurant design with PARTISANS features undulating white ceilings and pops of terracotta and turquoise while the showpiece is a 26-foot-long open flame cooking area that runs the length of the restaurant.
“It’s divided into several fiery zones, with custom-made grills for roasting and grilling meats, vegetables, and fish, ending in a traditional comal to cook fresh tortillas and toast chillies and seeds.”
And while the open flame will be “the principal means of cooking in the restaurant,” a ceviche bar will be a counterpoint offering an array of raw dishes inspired by traditional Mexican ceviches featuring sustainable Canadian fish and seafood.
“It’s impossible to showcase the entirety of Mexican culinary culture in just one restaurant, but we can’t wait to share some of our favourite techniques, ingredients and flavours,” says Guajardo. “We also feel it’s important to do our part to help preserve and pass along the traditions of Mexican cuisine to our guests and continue to tell the story of Mexico, beyond tacos and margaritas.”
Address: 419 College Street, Toronto