Patria is a Spanish tapas restaurant that was opened in Fall of 2012. My friend and I decided to have dinner at this restaurant last minute, and came in with no reservations around 6:40 PM. Luckily, we were able to get a seat at the bar, and had a higher vantage point to overlook the rest of the restaurant.
The interior of the restaurant is amazing, with high, lofty ceilings, hanging decor, beautiful paintings and lively atmosphere. However, this is the standard with restaurants on King West.
To start, I ordered a glass of their sangria ($11.50). This was surprisingly strong! I’m slightly used to my watered-down, barely-alcoholic sangria, so this was a delight. I wish there was more chopped fruit though.
My friend and I shared 5 dishes in total:
Ensalada de Aguacate Con Queso De Cabra Y Membrillo ($13) – Fennel, radish, manchego cheese, crispy artichoke. This dish was surprisingly big, and quite delicious. I loved the crispy artichoke that topped the salad, and the flavours were balanced quite nicely.
Calamares Frito ($9) – Calamari with aioli and . This was good, but not outstanding. The calamari was not as crispy as I would have hoped.
Datiles con Tociino Iberic ($9) – Dates, bacon, manchego cheese, guindillas. This dish was essentially dates wrapped in bacon, and seasoned with guindilla peppers and cheese inside. I found this to be interesting, and I liked the spiciness that the peppers added to the dish.
Fideos con Almejas Y Chorizo ($16) – Pasta, clams, chorizo, aioli. I liked the chorizo (although the pieces were a bit small) and the clams. The aioli sauce didn’t wow me though.
Leche Frita con Helado de Azafran ($6) – Fried milk, saffron ice cream, honey. I loved this dessert, and especially the saffron ice cream.
Overall, Patria is quite lively and has a great ambiance. However, while the food was good, it was not amazing (but it might have been the dishes we ordered?). The servers who brought out our food were knowledgeable and friendly, but our waitress was quite unobservant and slow in getting our orders and bill.