Menu Tasting @ Kultura

Back in the summer, Nicki from View the Vibe invited me along with Stella (@foodieyu) and Vicky (@momwhoruns) to a menu tasting at KulturaTo be honest, before this invitation, I had never heard of Kultura. So I decided to do something out of the norm – which was to literally do no research about the restaurant. I did not read any reviews nor did I check out their website for their online menu –  I walked into Kultura not knowing exactly what to expect.

Kultura is a really gorgeous 3 story space located along King St E. The menu is very diverse and offers anything from Italian to Asian fusion, Seafood and Steaks dishes. They pride themselves for being a “social dining” spot serving tapa style dishes.

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Once we had all arrived, we decided to let the staff pick out the 12 most popular dishes from their menu.

Table Setting:

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Mediterranean Naan ($12.00)

  • Figs, Prosciutto, Roasted Garlic, Shaved Grana Padano 

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Palak Paneer Naan ($9.00)

  • Truffle Oil, Jalapeno, Peppered Honey 

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Chicken Samosas ($11.00)

  • Asiago, Sage, Spiced Apple 

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Ahi Tuna Cornets ($14.00)

  • Nori Shell, Avocado, Red Miso Flake, Shiso Cress 

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Hamachi Tatak ($15.00)

  • Sesame Ginger Crust, White Soy Sauce, Spicy Wakame Salad 

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Chilean Sea Bass ($25.00)

  • Parsnip puree, Foie Gras Foam, Beet Reduction, Brussel Sprouts 

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Hawaiian Garlic Lobster ($22.00)

  • Sweet Paprika, Thai Chilli, Corrainder 

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Panko Crusted Chicken Breast ($16.00)

  • Endive & Green Apple Slaw, Chimichum Sauce, Orange Reduction 

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Mushroom Orecchiette ($16.00)

  • Pinot Noir Pear Chutney, Aged Cheddar 

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Sous Vide Beef Tenderloin ($30.00)

  • Chipotle Demi, Moroccan Spiced Corn, Ginger Gailan 

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Vanilla French Fries ($6.00)

  • Garlic Aioli

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Spiced Lamb Rack ($24.00)

  • Sesame Dust, Smoked Dashi, Tempura Jalapeno 

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Dessert: We shared a platter of Chocolate Lava Cake, Honey Sabayon Donut Bites, Lemon Grass Creme Brulee, Cheese Cake

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So everything pretty much looked pretty good but that is where the problem lies….

The venue is gorgeous. The presentation was beautiful. But it didn’t deliver well in other aspects. Beginning with the service. Yes, we were invited to a tasting so obviously the service was more than attentive. They ensured that our drinks were never empty and gave us clean plates in between dishes. Now onto the food, the dishes were either mediocre or salty – the Lobster, the beef tenderloin, the mushroom orecchiette and the Hamachi Tatak all looked fantastic but the taste didn’t live up to its presentation.

On the other hand, I did enjoy 2 dishes: the chicken samosas & the ahi tuna cornet. Those were the 2 most memorable dishes for me. It’s unfortunate that this restaurant didn’t dazzle because the venue is really beautiful. Very romantic with the candles. I would consider coming back for a drink if I’m in the area.

This meal was complimentary but Foodinthecitytoronto.com remains unbiased in our content. 

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  1. w
    January 14, 2013 / 8:05 pm

    i agree that their food are generally towards the saltier side. some great shots you have 🙂

  2. January 14, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Thanks for reading =)

  3. January 22, 2013 / 2:10 pm

    Fantastic camera work, and very candid words. Nicely done!

    • January 23, 2013 / 10:11 pm

      thank you ken! 🙂

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