The highly anticipated Hudson Kitchen opened its doors to the public September 25 following a grand media preview the previous night. This Dundas West eatery skyrocketed to fame after serving the who's who of Hollywood's A-list during #TIFF13. Despite the instant popularity, Hudson Kitchen is equal parts humble and sophisticated.
Owners Vince Antonacci and Borys Chabursky are behind the west end haunt, with chef Robbie Hojilla (previously of Woodlot and Ursa) heading up the kitchen. The innovative yet simple menu is divided into three no-fuss sections: starters, mains and desserts. The Broccoli Salad ($13) with serrano ham, canchego cheese and mustard is described as "broccoli reinvented nine different ways." The libations are just as novel: sip on the Innocent Lost ($15) for a drink reminiscent of a strawberry shake.
The space dreamed up by Toronto's The Design Agency keeps much of the buildings heritage intact, and artist Harley Valentine's larger than life mural showcases the buildings roots by exposing decades of paint and wallpaper. "We wanted to design a space that was simplistic, but still embodied the rustic, artistic heritage of the 100-year-old building," Antonacci told Eater.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, online reservations will commence early next week.
— Hana Hussein