Taking a contemporary twist on classic Canadian recipes, the latest restaurant to land on Toronto’s Ossington strip is Boralia (59 Ossington). Owners, Chef Wayne Morris and his partner and wife Evelyn Wu, have opened their doors on an imaginative menu that creatively celebrate Canada’s indigenous and imported gastronomic history with an inventively modern take on recipes dating back as far as the 1600s. Paying homage to Canada’s rich history, the Canadian seasonally inspired menu’s items have all been locally and sustainably sourced in Ontario and was recently named by Air Canada one of Canada’s best new restaurants.
“Wayne and I were amazed by the variety of dishes that fed the development of Canada,” concluded Evelyn Wu. “We’re excited to introduce our clients to these cool dishes with our own modern interpretations. Boralia is a destination that we think will appeal to Canadians and visitors who want to embrace this country’s vast culinary heritage.”
Chef Wayne Morris’s sophisticated menu was influence by his Acadian upbringing in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. These traditional meals have been re-imagined with modern cooking techniques fusing to creating a menu representative of the culinary mosaic that is Canadian cuisine. “There is such a thing as Canadian cuisine,” said Chef Morris. “It is the amalgamation of many cultural backgrounds and a wealth of recipes and traditions, dating as far back as the 1600s. Early immigrants had to adapt their heritage recipes to incorporate the indigenous ingredients of this new land. They were the spark that led us to imagine what they might taste like today.”
The diversity and rich Canadian history is also reflected in the décor of the restaurant. Designed by Toronto firm Qanūk Interiors Inc., the interior of Boralia celebrated the clash of cultures when the French and English arrived from Europe to the wild North by blending native construction techniques with European detailing and keeps the look current with unexpected modern accents. Constructed from materials sources from the Ontario’s natural landscape centuries ago, custom elements were also commissioned by local artists to create original wall murals, tapestries, crafted furnishings and light installations to bring a handmade, artisanal feel to the space that further celebrates the one-of-kind nature of the food.
Stop by Boralia for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday from 5:30 pm for a deliciously Canadian dining experience.