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There aren't many restaurants in Toronto that are as unique as Kukum Kitchen, a Canadian Heritage cuisine serving incredible dishes created by the talented Chef Joseph Shawana.

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  • What: Raw Seal Tartare, Braised Elk & Halibut
  • Where: 581 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto [Map]
  • When: 11am-3pm / 5pm-10pm Wed-Sat
  • Notes: Unique Canadian heritage dinner experience

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My first impression of the restaurant was a very cozy setting, it felt like I joined a private dinner with chef Joseph Shawana and his family. 

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The food was absolutely delicious especially the braised elk, raw seal tartar and the halibut from Nova Scotia, perhaps the best halibut I've ever eaten.

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For dessert, I opt in to try their unique cocktails, Cocktail Number 3 which consisted out of beet juice, egg whites, dillion method 95, ginger and lemon juice.

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Recently there has been a bit of controversy regarding the raw seal tartare dishes but I personally believe Canadian heritage culture has to be preserved by any means and I look forward to dining at Kukum Kitchen again in the near future.

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