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Introducing: Valdez, the new Latin American restaurant from Top Chef Canada alum Steve Gonzalez

Introducing: Valdez, the new Latin American restaurant from Top Chef Canada alum Steve Gonzalez
(Image: Megan Leahy)

Name: Valdez Neighbourhood: King West Contact Info: 606 King Street W., www.valdezrestaurant.com, @thevaldezTO Owners: Steve Gonzalez (Origin, Top Chef Canada) Chef: Steve Gonzalez

The Food: Latin American street food, including fried empanadas, squid ink ceviche and a milky dessert made with dulce de leche. An adobe pork dish requires 48-hours notice and feeds eight.

The Drinks: Tequilas and mescals, as well as several kinds of pisco (a South American liqueur). Cocktails are Latino spins on bar classics, like the Estilo Viejo old-fashioned made with mescal and a mojito muddled with cilantro instead of mint. Three beers and two house wines are also available.

The Place: The corridor space is designed by Ian Rydberg, the guy behind La Carnita’s graffitied aesthetic. Chairs and elm-topped tables painted in flashy reds, yellows and blues warm up concrete floors and grey steel fixtures.

The Numbers: • 50-foot emerald green marble bar • 400 imported Spanish tiles on the underside of the bar • 4000 pounds of steel and 2000 pounds of oak used to furnish the interior • 8 people required to haul the five-foot flattop into the open kitchen • 5 different kinds of ceviche on the menu

Introducing Valdez
Introducing Valdez
Introducing Valdez
Introducing Valdez
Introducing Valdez
Introducing Valdez
Introducing Valdez
Introducing Valdez
Introducing Valdez
Introducing Valdez
Introducing Valdez
Introducing Valdez

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