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Copetin: Toronto, Ontario

Copetin: Toronto, Ontario

From theName: Copetin
Address: 107 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1G6
Website: Website
Instagram: @copetinto
Wifi: No
Tender: Debit,  Credit, Cash
Neighbourhood:King East, Toronto

Copetin is located in Toronto’s King East neighborhood and is the much anticipated replacement to the much beloved Origin which not only formerly housed the space but was also headed up by Toronto mastermind and highly regarded Chef Claudio Aprile. I’ll admit that I had never actually eaten at Origin (well not at this location, I did try the Bayview Village location once) before so I had no real pre-conceived notions  prior to trying out Copetin.

Copetin: Interior, Dining Room
Copetin: Interior, Dining Room

The space is sectioned off into 4 separate areas, each with it’s own menu and concept. Yup, that’s right four different menus are available in one space which is a little bit mind boggling. The dining room features a more upscale and modern menu, the lounge area with tapas featuring influences from all cultures, the chef’s table which has it’s own specialized menu for those dining intimately at the counter, and the adjacent patio which has a strong focus on cocktails and casual bites.

Copetin: Interior, Lounge Seating
Copetin: Interior, Lounge Seating

They are gracious enough to allow us to order off both the Dining Room Menu as well as the Lounge Menu when I go and we start off with a slew of tapas off the lounge menu like the Burrata with tomato, basil pesto and grilled bread ($15), Korean Fried Chicken with pickled daikon and cashew ($9), and the Duck Taco with hoisin, cucumber, and creme fraiche ($9). All three are perfectly delicious and work great as snacks for an evening of drinks with friends.

Copetin: Loung Snacks
Copetin: Lounge Snacks

I also try out the East Coast Lobster Roll ($18), which I’m told was added recently as lobster was available and in season at the moment. It’s fresh and goes well with the perfectly grilled bun and crispy house made chips.

Copetin: East Coast Lobster Roll
Copetin: East Coast Lobster Roll

Lastly from the Lounge Menu we try the Japanese Octo Ball with agi mayo and sticky soy sauce ($5). I ordered this item based on recommendation from the server, but really I should not have as this item is clearly influenced by the popular Japanese snack the  Takoyaki Octopus ball which I am typically not a fan of. I have never met a Takoyaki Octopus ball that I liked, and to be quite honest I would actually say I absolutely hate them. Sadly, this one was no different and I didn’t enjoy it at all. Heavy on the ginger (which I hate) this wasn’t for me, but if you are a fan of the Japanese snack (which most people are since I tend to be a minority when it comes to opinions on this) you will probably love this one as it is an elevated version.

 

Copetin: Octo Ball
Copetin: Octo Ball

We then move on to the Dining Room menu and start with the Ricotta Gnudi with spring peas, artichoke, and regianno broth ($26). Another highly recommend dish by the server this one is deliciously perfect. It’s smooth and creamy and I could go with eating about 5 orders all to myself.

 

Copetin: Ricotta Gnudi
Copetin: Ricotta Gnudi

Tea Smoked Squab with shiitake, sunflower seed & farro, and plum ($39). With heavy Asian influences the squab has an intense smoke flavor which goes well with the flavors overall. Oddly enough my favorite part of this dish was the farro which reminded me of a creamy risotto but with Asian flavors.

Copetin: Tea Smoked Squab
Copetin: Tea Smoked Squab

Overall thoughts? Like most places this place has some hits and some misses. The Ricotta Gnudi from the Dining Room menu was my favorite of the evening but overall the Bar Lounge menu had a larger variety of delectable choices. With four different dining styles each with their own menus and price points it would be hard for anyone to find at least a few choices they wouldn’t love and I’m interested to see how this East end newcomer continues to evolve and steps into their own from shadow that was previously Origin.

 

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, nor was anything gifted to me. Yup, paid full price for it all. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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