If you like your dish with a side of people watching, then Hudson Kitchen’s 800-square foot patio is the place to do it. Located north of Dundas on Palmerston Blvd., the west end’s newest restaurant has plenty for your eyes and stomach to feast on. Hey, if it’s good enough for Brad Pitt it’s worth visiting.
Where to Eat in Toronto: Summer Menu at Hudson Kitchen
The Food: Chef Robbie Hojilla has whipped up an exciting summer menu just in time for patio season. A veteran of the Toronto restaurant scene, Hojilla’s cooking style has its roots in the Philippines and is sprinkled with French, Spanish and Italian influences. When you go to dine, expect to have a progressive international food experience. Capitalizing on one of this year’s biggest food trends— amuse bouche— there are plenty of petit bites to enjoy. The Piquillo Pepper with Tuna Conserva and Sherry Vinaigrette is an intriguing bite and the flavouring of the Spanish squid croquettes are very pleasing. Another standout menu item is the Filipino fried chicken sandwich. This slider will please even the pickiest of eaters.
The Drinks: Overall, the cocktail menu at Hudson Kitchen is creative and distinctive. Negroni fans won’t be disappointed as head bartender Jay Meyers’ summer concoction is STRONG. That’s Our Word consisting of a strawberry infused Beefeater gin, Campari, sweet vermouth and chocolate liquer is a much lighter option. Plants vs. Zoombies is a fun tiki-inspired libation that blends Overproof Rum, Beefeater, Beachcomber Mix, Citrus, Dill, Ginger Beer, Absinthe.
The Place: The ambiance is warm and inviting. The restaurant has excellent design elements, is committed to using local, seasonal ingredients and treats its customers with respect.