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Restaurant type

  • Breakfast Restaurant,
  • Cafe-restaurant,
  • Brunch,

Cuisine type

  • European,
  • Spanish,

Dishes

  • Breakfast,
  • Comfort Food,
  • Spanish,
  • European,
  • Tapas,

Features

  • Restaurant With Terrace,
  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
587 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Methods of Payment:

Meet the owner

As a photographer in the fast-paced world of fashion, Milton Nunes hopscotched from city to city across the globe. His travels and short-term stays in novel places allowed him to scour the world’s capitals for the best eats. Throughout his globetrotting he ate at countless restaurants and soon developed an extensive list of the hottest spots to dine.

Eventually, Milton’s list became so expansive as to include the best butchers and bakers in each of the towns he visited. “It was a priority for me and I spent time discovering food this way for years,” he points out.

An epiphany came while Milton was sitting in a café with a pastry in hand; his gut told him he didn’t want to pursue fashion photography anymore. So when his now ex-girlfriend suggested that he open a pastry shop, Milton embarked on a mission to learn as much as he could about baking.

To do so he enrolled in a pastry program at Toronto’s George Brown College and attended French pastry school in Chicago. Soon after completing this training, Milton opened one of downtown Toronto’s most treasured French-inspired pastry shops: Le Gourmand. His latest venture, Portland Variety, located right on the traffic-heavy corner of King Street and Portland, came to life in 2014.

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Best café bars in Toronto

Best café bars in Toronto

Portland Variety has created a name for itself offering the daytime guests a selection of delicious menu items and premium coffee blends, while offering the nighttime crowd a list of creative cocktails in an intimate setting. Daytime dwellers should try the lemon ricotta pancakes, while evening visitors should try the Portland daiquiri.

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Cozy Spanish tavernas in Toronto

Cozy Spanish tavernas in Toronto

Whether you’re coming here for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks, it’s the variety of menu choices combined with the rustic and clean décor that will keep you going back to this King West spot again and again. For dinner, the menu offers many Spanish-inspired bites that are all meant to be shared: patatas bravas, cured meats, cheese, grilled octopus and braised short ribs. Remember to leave room for dessert, the beignets are made on-site by a pastry chef and they are to die for.

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King West spots to grab a gourmet sandwich during TIFF

King West spots to grab a gourmet sandwich during TIFF

Enjoy artisanal sandwiches in an Instagram-worthy setting at this neighbourhood café and bar at the corner of King and Portland. The multipurpose space turns out coffee in the morning and cocktails at night but the savoury sandwiches are definitely worthy of a midday visit. The lunch menu features four sandwiches that can be enjoyed alone or accompanied by a soup or salad if you’re feeling extra hungry. Try the crispy seared Cornish hen, which delivers an unexpected sweet-yet-spicy taste thanks to the addition of piri piri and pear.

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