TORONTO — Adrak Yorkville, a female-owned restaurant concept with elevated Indian cuisine, has opened.
The restaurant doesn’t follow the traditional hierarchy of an executive kitchen. Instead, it has category leaders who have specific subject matter and dish expertise. All culinary team members have trained under Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia, with select members having tenures with other world-renowned chefs, including Gaggan Anand, Hari Nayak and Prashant Chipkar.
For its menu items and cocktails, Adrak Yorkville uses rare ingredients inspired by different parts of India, such as its in-house mustard-seed paste, curry-leaves oil and morel mushrooms. Cocktail syrups feature balsam fir, baby sorrel, fresh juices, blue pea, oolong tea, star anise and green-apple kaffir-lime cordial. Other menu items include Raan-E-Shahi, Patrani Fish, Thecha Paneer Tikka and Asparagus Kofta.
“While my family has been established in Canada for [more than] 60 years, I have always been attached to my roots. My mother, and now business partner, taught me how to safeguard my cultural identity and remain grounded while pursuing meaningful business endeavours,” says Ambica Jain, owner, Adrak Yorkville. “I grew up travelling around the world experiencing new cultures and knew early on that we needed to bring a new kind of Indian restaurant to Toronto that was in line with the best in the world and some of the standout establishments I’ve visited in London, Singapore, Texas, Hong Kong, New York and Dubai. I’ve always believed that food unites people.”
Adrak Yorkville is able to accommodate dietary restrictions, has a vegetarian-only tandoor oven and serves only Halal-certified meat.