Review: Kultura Social Dining (Summerlicious 2013)

It’s true that all good things come to an end… As the last days of Summerlicious draws to a close, my friend and I decided to do a Tapas day: hitting 2 social dining hot spots in T dot. For lunch, we went to Kultura Social Dining – a social eatery and shisha lounge boasting three sleekly decorated floors – ideal for group gatherings. As with my previous reviews, here is a bit of stats on Kultura before I begin.

Address: 169 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1J4
Phone:(416) 363-9000
Price (out of 4): $$$
Hours:
  • Sun          Closed
  • Mon          5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Tue          5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Wed         5:30pm-12:00am
  • Thur         5:30pm-12:00am
  • Fri            5:30pm-12:00am
  • Sat           5:30pm-12:00am

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My experience in Kultura had been okay. The service was very attentive, and my friend and I felt very looked after. Overall, the food was average, so I am wary of recommending this restaurant based solely on my experience with the food. However, if you are looking for a restaurant that has a sleek, urban atmosphere with good service, Kultura is a good option.

For the app, I ordered a Crispy Duck Confit Ravioli. Sounded very delicious, but the execution was fatally flawed. The duck confit was very dry, so dry that even the blackberry coulis could not moisten it enough for chewing. The coulis itself was overly tart and did not tie in to the dish overall. To make matter worse, I also found pieces of bone in one of the ravioli. If I was grading this dish, it would not be given a passing grade.

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For the entree, I ordered the French Chicken, served in a clay pot and topped with a piece of flaky biscuit. This dish was a vast improvement from the dismal appetizer. But really, with cream and smoked bacon, what can go wrong? As my friend pointed out, the dish is reminiscent of a deconstructed chicken pot pie. As nice as the dish was, I felt that it is something easily replicated in any home kitchen.

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For the dessert, I asked for the Chocolate Banana Spring Rolls with Ferrero Rocher ice cream – something that was not on the Summerlicious lunch menu that was given to us (although it was listed on their website). As a fan of hazelnut butter and chcoolate, the star of the show was definitely the Ferrero Rocher ice cream which offset the bitterness from the dark chocolate in the spring roll. Delicious dessert, and easily the highlight of the meal.

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Here is their 2013 Summerlicious menu:

$20 Lunch

Strawberry Gazpacho
Thai Basil, Black Pepper Coconut Crouton, Crispy Duck Skin
or
Spicy/Crunchy Asian Salad
Savoy Cabbage, Vegetable Whispers, Peanuts, Asian Drizzle
(vegetarian)
or
Crispy Duck Confit Ravioli
Sundried Cranberry, Toasted Pine Nut, Blackberry Coulisse

Crisp Skin Arctic Char
Saffron Fennel Scented Citrus Broth with P.E.I. Mussels and Seasonal Vegetables
or
French Chicken
Smoked Bacon, Sweet Peas, Tarragon, Baby Onion Confit, Cream
or
Mushroom Orecchiette
Shiitake, Oyster and King Oyster Mushroom, Pinot Noir Pear Chutney, 5 Year Old Cheddar
(vegetarian)

Lemon Vanilla Panna Cotta
(vegetarian)
or
Chocolate Banana Spring Rolls with Ferrero Rocher Gelato
(vegetarian)
Or
Doughnut Holes with Bailey’s Cream Anglaise
(vegetarian)

$35 Dinner

Strawberry Gazpacho
Thai Basil, Black Pepper Coconut Crouton, Crispy Duck Skin
or
Caprese
Heirloom Tomato, Buffala Mozzarella, Citrus Pesto Drizzle
(vegetarian)
or
Grilled Calamari
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, House Made Pesto, Niçoise Olives, Oven Cured Tomatoes, Aged Balsamic Reduction

Ribs
Korean Grilled Miami Beef Ribs, House Made Kimchi, Foraged Mushroom Arancini
or
Crisp Skin Arctic Char
Saffron Fennel Scented Citrus Broth with P.E.I. Mussels and Seasonal Vegetables
or
Mushroom Orecchiette
Shiitake, Oyster, King Oyster Mushrooms, Pinot Noir Pear Chutney, 5 Year Old Cheddar
(vegetarian)

Lemon Vanilla Panna Cotta
(vegetarian)
or
Chocolate Banana Spring Rolls with Ferrero Rocher Gelato
(vegetarian)
or
Doughnut Holes with Bailey’s Cream Anglaise
(vegetarian)

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