Patria is not the easiest spot to find on King West, but it’s meant to be that way — like the many Spanish tapas and pintxos bars in Barcelona.">

Cheap Eat of the Week: Patria’s blistered peppers


Published:

About one in four padrón peppers are spicy (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Curtained and hidden away down a small walkway, behind dramatic black iron gates, Patria is not the easiest spot to find on King West, but it’s meant to be that way — like the many Spanish tapas and pintxos bars in Barcelona.

Among the many classic Spanish bite-sized dishes available at Patria — like the salted marcona almonds ($6), the pan con tomate with Spanish anchovies ($6) or the ham croquettes ($8) — I always go for the blistered peppers, otherwise known as the pimientos de padrón ($7). These are padrón or shishito peppers that have been fried on high heat until the outside is blistered; they’re then finished with a touch of sea salt.

The small green peppers, from the town of Padrón, Spain, are sweet with a mild, barely-there heat — usually. As our waiter cheekily pointed out, about one in four of these peppers are particularly spicy.

Tempting the fates, I bit into one after the next until the sixth, when I had to reach for my glass of verdejo. The sting lasts only a few seconds, but oh what a sting.

Patria, 478 King St. W., 416-367-0505

Gizelle Lau is a food/travel writer and photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.

For more cheap eats from Toronto, check out our Pinterest page
Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

Restaurant Review: Seafood abounds at Ardo, Corktown’s Sicilian eatery

Restaurant Review: Seafood abounds at Ardo, Corktown’s Sicilian eatery

Then there’s Ardo, the super-popular newish Sicilian restaurant in Corktown. It’s friendly and pleasant-looking, done in pale colours with warm lighting, Sicilian tchotchkes and a great buzz. Lots of people, lots of noise. And a few ringside bar seats overlooking the fast-moving and superbly fragrant open kitchen.
Posted 2 days ago
What to Eat this Minute: An uptown paradise for crème brûlée lovers

What to Eat this Minute: An uptown paradise for crème brûlée lovers

A menu of the available flavours sits next to the cash at Craque de Crème. Sweet-toothed patrons can order iterations of the dessert in everything from white chocolate rose to lychee vodka to, of course, a classic vanilla bean.
Posted 4 days ago
Looking Back: Toronto on rye

Looking Back: Toronto on rye

Now, the museum at Beth Tzedec Synagogue is hosting an exhibition called From Latkes to Laffas, celebrating the humble deli, which opened last month and continues until March 30, 2018.
Posted 5 days ago
Taste Test: Chef Mark McEwan helps us taste Toronto's best tandoori chicken

Taste Test: Chef Mark McEwan helps us taste Toronto's best tandoori chicken

McEwan’s menu at Diwan restaurant in the Aga Khan Museum features South Asian, Middle Eastern and north African cuisines.
Posted 5 days ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleEdit Module