Serving up northern Italian inspired cuisine
La Palma is a cozy and elegant Italian space nestled along the Dundas West street. From breakfast and brunch to cocktails and dinner, this California chic spot spewing Venice beach vibes, has it all. The northern Italian inspired menu is on the healthier side and changes often to display the best available ingredients. The restaurant also has a beautiful patio that makes it a great location to enjoy warm sun.
The menu features quite a few options for lunch, dinner and brunch. Along with the staple diet of pizza and pasta, you can also enjoy any of their fish or meat dishes. La Palma caters to the vegetarians too, with a section of the menu dedicated to their vegetable meals. While the menu is not extensive, the dishes are created with an interesting twist. The high quality ingredients are definitely elevated in each of the items.
The Oxtail gnocchi is one item that should be on your radar! It is one of Chef Craig Harding’s signature dishes, with his classic potato gnocchi combined with an oxtail ragu. The flatbread pizzas are a delicious pick as well.
Don’t Forget Dessert…
The Lemon Tart Brulee proves to be a beautiful blend of sicilian pistachio & olive oil. Customers also have the choice to go for a more classic option with the Dark Chocolate Mousse, which can be paired with 1oz ice wine.
The drinks menu features a creative list of cocktails. Each one is perfectly balanced with distinctive ingredients. The fresh and light feeling accompanied with each sip proves to be a great pairing with the dishes.
The interior is very much eclectic with its clean, light and airy design. The decor is quite modern, surrounded by gold accents and muted teal and brown colours. There are artistic strokes all over the place, from the pastel coloured theme to splashes of black. There is an open kitchen that is separated from the dining room by a takeout counter.
Casa La Palma
For a “different take on dinner,” La Palma launched a new space on the second floor of La Palma, called Casa La Palma. An intimate lush lounge space perfect for events, as well as late night drinks and snacks alike. A stunning VIBE with a contemporary, yet warm, spin on the Palm Springs look and feel. Making you feel right at home!
There is a great mixed vibe that makes it an ideal spot for families and date nights. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and leaves you feeling like you’ve experienced a slice of Venice Beach in California.
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VIBE Critics: Steven Branco, Natalie Deane
Contributing Writer: Revathy Rajan