What’s on the menu at Copetín, Claudio Aprile’s new restaurant in the old Origin St. James space
Name: Copetín Restaurant and Bar
Contact: 107 King St. E., 416-603-8009, copetin.ca, @copetinto
Neighbourhood: St. Lawrence
Owners: Claudio Aprile (Origin, Origin Liberty, Origin North, Colborne Lane) and Henry Wu (Luckee, Wahlburgers, Fring’s, Senses, Susur, Lee Restaurant, Lai Wah Heen, Lai Toh Heen)
Executive chef: Claudio Aprile
Influenced by the diverse flavours found in Toronto’s many neighbourhoods, each section of the restaurant offers a different menu. In the dining room, there are modern dishes, like a reimagined beet salad, and charcoal-grilled octopus with green curry. At the bar, there’s an eclectic mix of snacks, like tostadas, Korean fried chicken and a lobster hand roll. Even the patio has its own kitchen, with a menu that will change theme every summer (so a Japanese izakaya theme one year, taco stand the next). And the chef’s counter, which will seat six guests a night, will serve dishes completely distinct from those offered on the dining room’s à la carte menu.
Wine, beer (on tap and in bottles) and cocktails that draw inspiration from the kitchen pantry, using things like chamomile-infused gin and strawberry–Thai basil syrup.
Copetín’s 80 seats are divided between the bar, chef’s counter and dining rooms, and the Church Street–facing patio adds room for another 60.