Introducing: Los Colibris, an upscale Mexican restaurant on King West
Name: Los Colibris
Contact Info: 220 King St. W. (2nd Floor), 416-979-7717, loscolibris.ca, @loscolibris220
Neighbourhood: Entertainment District
Owner: Andreas Antoniou, who also owns Estiatorio Volos, Little Anthony’s and sister-restaurant El Caballito
Chef: Elia Herrera, also the executive chef at El Caballito
The Food: Los Colibris (Spanish for “hummingbirds”) is not your standard taqueria—in fact, the menu is entirely devoid of tostadas, cinnamon-dusted churros and all the other Latin snacks we’ve come to associate with Mexican cuisine (head downstairs to El Caballito for those). Instead, it serves refined Mexican dishes, some of which were passed down to chef Herrera from her mother and grandmother. Expect made-to-order tortillas, ceviches and complicated adobo sauces, plus big shareable entrées, like a whole roasted sea bass or a 22-ounce rib eye.
The Drinks: Cocktails include the namesake Colibri, a tequila-based Negroni made with Tromba Blanco, Campari and sweet vermouth. The wine list focuses on Canadian, Californian and Spanish bottles, including a 10-year-old Sara Sotta Tempranillo.
The Place: Los Colibris was designed to look like trendy restaurants in Mexico City’s fashionable Condesa district. It’s big (3,500 square feet, to be exact), modern and dotted with flamboyant details, like lemon-yellow dining chairs and a multicoloured bar decorated with an elaborate floral pattern.