Tapas Night at Uxbridge’s Urban Pantry

Jun 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Appetizer, Canadiana, Featured, Talk Toronto, Tapas, Tessa Kiros, Uxbridge

IMG_9162North-east of the city, in Durham region is the quaint old town of Uxbridge, proud to remain a traditional town that’s close to Toronto yet far away. Smack in the middle of town is Urban Pantry, a relatively new restaurant owned and operated by restaurateur and friend, Niki Pagidas.

Urban Pantry prides itself on sourcing most of its food from around Uxbridge (and Durham Region). Here, you will find local beer on tap, farm raised organic meats, fruits and vegetables like we used to find on roadside vegetable stands, fresh herbs and even fresh water fish from nearby lakes and rivers.IMG_9156

I’ve been to Urban Pantry twice and on each occasion, the menu was different. The kitchen is led by Chef Claudio Briones, who is given “carte blanche” with the menu. The result is seasonal, locally sourced food driving the menu which seems to have made Urban Pantry the darling of Uxbridge.

On my last visit, it was Tapas Night, inspired by the food memories of Chef (Spanish) and as a Greek who enjoys small plates and Meze, I can easily relate to Tapas.IMG_9157

Reservations are recommended (especially for Tapas Nights) but once you’ve covered that angle, Niki will greet you at the door, see you to your seats and you’ll be transported to Spain with live Spanish music and Tapas bites that will dance on your tongue.

The fries with Manchego cheese are a must order as is the steak with housemade Chimichurri sauce.IMG_9161

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The seared scallop was a standout as was the pork belly.IMG_9180

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You can’t go wrong with foie gras torchon and order up the steamed mussels and clams with Chorizo.IMG_9177

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Serrano wrapped quail was succulent and beef bacon wrapped dates…to die for!IMG_9169

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Below are more of the dishes we ordered. Don’t judge us…we were very hungry and each order is a sharing plate for two.

Urban Pantry

4 Toronto Street North
Uxbridge, Ontario  L9P 1E6

t: (905) 852-5050
e: contact@urbanpantry.ca

Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday: 11:30 am to 9:00 pm
Friday: 11:30 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm

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    4 Comments to “Tapas Night at Uxbridge’s Urban Pantry”

    1. Όλα είναι θαυμάσια στις εικόνες, φαντάζομαι και στις γεύσεις. Με μόνο ένα ποτήρι κρασί και μόνος δεν βγαίνει θέλει και την παρέα του. Εύχομαι σε όλους τους φίλους καλό κρασί και καλή παρέα, Βίβα!!!

    2. Eleni Herrera says:

      Thank you sharing Peter! Now I know where I want to celebrate my birthday.

    3. your site is the best i follow you from caracas ,your recipes are like Dr. prescription you follow them and you make food from the Olimpus

    4. Barbara says:

      Hi Peter!
      So pleased you liked my post on tomato fritters…they were marvelous and we loved the deep color. Roasting tomatoes is something I’ve done frequently so knew how sweet they’d be. I love a caprese salad made with roasted tomatoes.
      As for Urban Pantry, it goes on my list. The pork belly looks delicious as does the quail, which is a favorite with my family.
      So nice to hear from you!
      Barbara

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